Freshman Jayden Reese, shown here on a layup in regular season action against Wakulla, led the Tiger Sharks with 21 points in the playoff opener against Wewa. [ Bill Fauth | Contributed ]
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Tiger Sharks down Wewa in playoff opener

Following a one-point win against Arnold, and a second victory over North Florida Christian, the Port St. Joe Tiger Sharks headed into the playoffs Tuesday evening with nearly a .500 record.

The 11-12 Tiger Sharks opened the playoffs Tuesday night at home against the 4-14 Wewahitchka Gators, and came away with a 65-44 victory.

Port St. Joe led 38-33 at the half,  and then ran it up to 59-28 going into the fourth quarter.

Freshman Jayden Reese led the team with 21 points and six rebounds, followed by sophomore Elijah Harris with 12 points and five rebounds. Junior JD Becton scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while freshman Zay Jenkins scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds. Senior BJ Cole scored four points and junior Kanaan Jefferson, junior Donell Hills, freshman Darion Cherry and eighth grade Larry Mase each two.

On Jan. 30 in Panama City Beach, Port St. Joe fought off a pesky Arnold squad to secure a 55-54 win.

Becton led the team with 19 points and 15 rebounds, followed by Jenkins’ 15 points.  Reese and Cole each tallied eight, with three from  Jefferson and one from senior Jaden Jenrett.

On Feb. 1 at Blountstown, Port St. Joe fell 47-40.

Harris scored 11 points, with 10 each from Reese and Jenrett, seven from Jenkins, and one each from Jefferson and Becton.

On Friday night in Tallahassee, the Tiger Sharks defeated North Florida Christian 62-53.

Harris and Jenkins each scored 13, while Reese had 10, Cole seven and Becton and Jefferson each three.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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