Seahawks rally for win over Bozeman

Tina Harbuck
South Walton's Jacob Tisdale pulls away from a couple of Bozeman Bucks. Tisdale scored 13 points in the 53-43 victory in the holiday tournament. [TINA HARBUCK/THE LOG]

Down by as many as 10 points in the first half, the South Walton Seahawks rallied in the second half to post a 53-43 win over host team Bozeman Bucks in the Bozeman Christmas Shootout in Panama City.

The difference in the game was “their effort,” said South Walton Coach Craig Smith.

“They keep coming every night, playing hard and getting better every day," Smith said. "They are learning more and more.”

South Walton beat Chipley in the first round of the holiday tournament and then came back in the second round to defeat Bozeman.

“We’re getting more mature every night,” he said, noting that was their third win over the holiday break.

In the last game of the Bozeman tournament, South Walton trailed 14-7 at the end of the first quarter and then the Bozeman Bucks came out to start the second quarter and nailed 3-pointer to widen the gap to 17-7. However, the Seahawks managed to close it down to a three point game by the half.

In the third quarter, South Walton put it in high gear and out scored the Bucks 14-6. In the first few minutes, South Walton tied the game with a couple of free throws from Cade Rowland followed by an inside shot from Jacob Tisdale. The scoring went back and forth with South Walton tying the game again at 30-all with Chandler Johnston making a steal for a layup. Seconds later Spencer Burden followed with a 3-pointer and then Johnston made another steal for a quick layup and a 35-30 South Walton lead.

The fourth quarter belonged to the Seahawks. The Bucks scored a 3-pointer, but then South Walton put up nine unanswered points. Tisdale hit a pair of free throws, Hayden Stroop had a steal for a layup and Dylan Hebert followed up with a 3-pointer. Tisdale finished up the run with a bucket and a 44-33 lead.

The Bucks scored and then South Walton’s Rowland hit a couple of free throws and Tisdale cashed in on a steal for a layup for an 11-point advantage. In the last couple of minutes of play, South Walton slowed the game down forcing the Bucks to foul. South Walton finished up in the last minute and a half hitting five of eight tries from the line for the win.

“Our guards did a great job at protecting the basketball,” Smith said of those final minutes.

For the game, Tisdale led the Seahawks with 13 points. Rowland scored 10 while Hebert hit for seven. Scoring six each were Stroop, Barrow Holloway and Johnston.

Scoring in double digits for Bozeman was Noah Gustason.

The Seahawks will host Pensacola Catholic at 7 p.m. on Friday.