Seaside Sharks take bite out of Destin Marlins

Tina Harbuck

After a close three quarters, the Seaside Sharks put it to the Destin Marlins in the fourth posting a 29-24 win in middle school baskeball action Friday evening at Destin.

In the first quarter, the game was tied three times before Seaside got a 11-10 edge on a 3-pointer from Max Wiggins in the final seconds. Seaside drew first blood, then Destin’s Charles Pearson hit an inside shot to tie the game. Seaside pulled away on a foul shot from Zach Minyo followed by a 3-pointer from Dalton Romano. Destin answered with Kobe Babin hitting a layup and Jackson Smith putting a rebound back for a 6-6 tie. Seconds later, Destin’s Jamison Brundidge turned a steal in for two points and an 8-6 lead. Seaside evened the score with a baseline shot. With less than 30 seconds left in the quarter, Babin hit a layup and then Wiggins swished a trey for an 11-10 advantage at the buzzer.

At the start of the second quarter, Seaside made a free throw, then froze the ball killing about two minutes off the clock before Destin was forced to foul.

The Marlins fouled Zane King-Williamson who made both from the line giving the Sharks a 14-10 lead. Destin’s Brundidge came back with a jumper from the paint. Seconds later, JM Allen hit the second of two free throws. In the last minute, Brundidge drove the paint for two points, and Babin swished a long shot from the side to give the Marlins a 16-15 edge going into the half.

In the third quarter, Destin scored first on a shot from underneath by Smith. Seaside answered with six consecutive points to take the lead with Romano knocking down his second 3-pointer. Destin’s Babin hit a jumper in the last minute-and-a-half but the Marlins trailed 21-20 at the end.

Early in the fourth, Babin went down with a poke to the eye and the Sharks took advantage putting up eight unanswered points with Minyo hitting back-to-back baskets and a free throw and Romano nailing his third 3-pointer. In the last three minutes, Destin dumped in four points with Brundidge and Will Rutland scoring.

Up next for Destin is a 6:30 p.m. game Thursday at Pryor Middle School. The girls play at 5 p.m.