In a slow paced game, Dylan Hebert put up 13 points to lead the South Walton Seahawks in a 36-29 win over the West Florida High Jaguars of Pensacola in a 5A District 1 basketball game Tuesday night in Santa Rosa Beach.
Both teams came out passing the ball around and trying to find that perfect shot. The Jaguars finally got a shot to fall with 2:51 left in the first quarter. A few seconds later, South Walton got on the board with Hebert scoring. Hebert later went to the line and hit two from the charity stripe for a 4-2 game at the buzzer.
In the second quarter, the Jags were again the first to score with Rodney Shoemo swishing a 3-pointer. South Walton’s Cade Rowland answered with a 3-pointer followed by a 3-pointer from Hebert as well for a 10-5 lead.
In the last three minutes of the first half, the Jags made two of five from the free-throw line, while South Walton made two of three. Michael Redding put a rebound back for the Jags in the final seconds, but South Walton still led 12-9 at the half.
In the third quarter, West Florida took the lead with a couple of free throws from Chris Brown followed by a basket from Shoemo. However, it didn’t last long as Hebert and Barrow Holloway hit back-to-back baskets for the Seahawks and a 16-13 lead. The Jaguars got the advantage back when Keion Burrell slammed one in the basket. In the last two minutes, Holloway scored two from the free-throw line for the Hawks but West Florida evened the score with Burrell hit the second of two tries from the line for an 18-18 game. Caleb Donaldson scored for the Seahawks then with two seconds left on the clock, the Jags tied it up with a couple of foul shots.
With three minutes left in the game and the game deadlocked at 24-24, the Seahawks edged ahead with Holloway nailing a 3-pointer followed by a rebound and a basket from Hayden Stroop for a 29-24 game. West Florida hit a 3-pointer; however the Seahawks answered with a long pass and a layup by Jacob Tisdale who turned it in for a three-point play and a 32-29 lead with 33 seconds left on the clock. The Jags scored one last time and South Walton put up four more points from the free-throw line for the 36-29 victory.
Up next for South Walton is a 7 p.m. game at home Dec. 9 against the Arnold Marlins of Panama City Beach.