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Sharks Notch first Win by Defeating Mandarin

 

After dropping their first two games of the season by the slimmest of margins, Ponte Vedra’s boys basketball team bounced back with a convincing win Tuesday night with a 50-38 victory over previously undefeated Mandarin.

 

After a last second lay-up failed to drop in their opening one-point loss to always  tough Bartram Trail, and then watching a 4-point lead with less than a minute to play against a very athletic First Coast five dissipate, the Sharks are now headed in the right direction.

 

In their first two encounters coach Marcus Perez’ Sharks dug themselves early into huge holes, but such was not the case Tuesday night in front of another large and enthusiastic crowd at the Shark Tank.

 

After trailing in game one 18-3, and then again Monday night by as many as 19 points before putting on furious rallies, the Sharks used the sizzling out-court shooting of senior Quinn Carey to jump out to a 16-9 opening period lead over First Coast.

 

The Buccaneers put on a rally of their own in the second period, trailing by only a single point 21-20 before Logan Morris hit the biggest shot of the game.

 

In a moment that brought back memories of an end of a half dunk in last season’s district championship win over Palatka by James Crowther, Logan canned a long three pointer at the buzzer to give the Sharks a 4-point lead, and more importantly, a huge lift heading into the second half.

 

Carey. who had to sit out much of the second quarter in foul trouble, followed up his blistering 14 point outburst in the opening period by connecting on a trio of 3-point bombs and a pair of free throws to go along with Morris’ 8 points to send the Sharks into the final period with a commanding 43-27 lead.

 

The Sharks then used a well-drilled ball control offense in the fourth quarter to milk the clock and hold off Mandarin, who were coming off a smashing 29 point win on Monday night. 

 

Carey, who topped all scorers with 27, combined with Morris to score 28 of the Sharks 50 points.  Although he contributed 2 points on the evening, Ross McCarthy was a force on the backboards with 11 rebounds for the 1-2 Sharks, while Matt Johnson played a fine floor game with 8 assists and 6 rebounds while committing but a single turnover as the point guard.

 

The victory over Mandarin helped ease the pain from seeing a last minute lead disappear in their 62-58 loss the previous night to First Coast.

 

Carey once again led the Sharks in scoring with 21 points, with McCarthy adding 10, Morris 9 and Johnson 7 points and another 8 assist night in a losing cause.

 

The Sharks will again resume action next Tuesday evening, Dec. 2, when they travel to Menendez to take on the Falcons in their first district game of the season.

 

The Sharks then return to the Shark tank on Thursday when they will face rival Creekside High, with the tip off schedule at 7:30 PM, following the 6:00 PM start for the two Junior Varsity teams.

Sharks at home Monday and Tuesday as the 2014-15 Season is Underway

 

The 2014-15 edition of this years Ponte Vedra Varsity Basketball team kicks off the home portion of this season’s schedule with a pair of attractive match-ups against top notch calibre teams beginning Monday night.

 

The Sharks will host for the first time ever First Coast High School on Monday before resuming their rivalry with nearby Mandarin High School on Tuesday.

 

The Sharks lost a heart breaking 62-61 away game to always tough Bartram Trail High School last Thursday, but even in a losing effort showed signs that this years team will once again be very competitive.

 

Bartram Trail shot the lights out following the opening tip-off, making their first 8 shots, including a pair of three pointers to bolt out to a 18-3 lead before a Quinn Carey triple stopped the bleeding.

 

Trailing by 12 at halftime, the Sharks came roaring out of the gates in the second half to actually take a brief 41-39 lead following a Logan Morris two-pointer.  However, the host Bears kept their poise and had as much as an 8 point lead early into the fourth quarter.

 

A 7-0 Shark run whittled the lead to one and the Sharks were in position, after the Bears missed a pair of free throws, to give Ponte Vedra a chance to win the game at the end.  However, Lady Luck was not with the visiting Sharks as a potential game winning lay-up at the buzzer rolled off the rim as Bartram Trail won their fifth straight victory over their St. Johns County rivals.

 

Quinn Carey had a monster game in a losing cause for the Sharks, tallying a game high 28 points, including 6 three pointers, to lead all scorers.  Carey nearly had a double-double with nine boards while also playing some inspired defense for the 0-1 Sharks.

 

6-4 Ross McCarthy had his career high in scoring for PVHS with 13 points while Donovan Garrard continued his strong board work as a three-year starter with a game high 11 rebounds.

 

The Sharks were jolted last week with a serious knee injury incurred by 6’2 senior Matt McGuier.  A member of the varsity since his Freshman season, Shark coaches Bud Beech and Marcus Perez were certain that McGuier was going to have a banner season this year based on summer and pre-season workouts.

 

The sharp shooting McGuier gave the Sharks another out court shooting specialist in addition to Carey.  Now it will be up to other Sharks to be the next man up as the season progresses.

 

Although the Sharks lost last year’s St. Johns County Player of the Year in Jackson Johnson, it will be another Johnson who has stepped into the role as this year’s point guard.

Jackson’s brother Matt, a 5’11 junior, has stepped into this role, and made a solid debut against Bartram Trail with 6 assists and 6 rebounds in the season opener.

 

Rounding out the early rotation for this year’s Shark cagers include guards Corey Russi and Logan Morris.   Russi saw considerable action as a reserve on last year’s district champs, and had a nice debut Thursday with 6 points, as well as playing his usual solid defense.

 

A vastly improved Logan Morris got a start with the injury to McGuier and could prove to be a valuable performer for this year’s edition of PVHS basketball.

 

A pair of sophomores, who played a leading role on last year’s outstanding JV squad, Tyler Perez and JD Pirris also saw action in the heated contest and will challenge for more playing time as the year progresses.

 

Fans who cannot attend the home games, especially alums and relatives from far away places, can view many of the Ponte Vedra homes games on their computers at:  www.planeths.com.

Sharks split preseason classic

November 18, 2014

Sharks Split Pre-Season Openers

 

Following a split in their pre-season games at the Todd Mitchell Pre-Season Classic, the Sharks can now set their sights on the regular season when they travel to Bartram Trail on Thursday night to face the Bears.

 

Pointe Vedra was scheduled to tip off the 2014-15 season Monday evening against St. Augustine but the game was cancelled due to tornado warnings in the area.  As of this writing a make-up date and time has not been announced.

 

The Sharks got off on the right foot in their preseason opener by breezing to a convincing 70-34 win over St. Joseph Academy before falling to one of the nation’s top rated prep powers in their second contest.

 

However, the Sharks certainly can take solace with their effort last Thursday against Arlington Country Day.  Rated in the top 15 in all of the high school basketball prep polls, the Sharks made ACD work hard before securing the victory.

 

The Sharks trailed by a slim two points at the end of the opening period and by seven at the halftime break, thanks to a 3-pointer at the buzzer by senior forward Quinn Carey. ACD extended their lead to 11 at 43-32 entering the final quarter.

 

A Matt Johnson 3-pointer two minutes into the final period pulled the Sharks within 10 points of the towering visitors, but that was as close as the Sharks would get as coach Rex Morgan’s squad scorched the nets for 31 fourth quarter points to make the final score read ACD 74, Ponte Vedra 52.

 

Carey was the lone Shark player to reach double figures with a game high 27 points on 9 of 29 shooting from the floor.  Carey led the losers in rebounding with 8 boards while Matt Johnson topped PV in assists with 7.  Logan Morris had a strong game for the Sharks with 8 points, to go along with 6 assists.

 

The Sharks had little trouble with St. Joseph in their opener on Tuesday evening.  The Sharks got off to a flying start by exploding for a 24-7 opening quarter lead over the outmanned Academy five and were never threatened.

 

The fourth quarter was a quick one with the 35 point mercy rule in effect as the Shark’s completed the evening with a 70-34 victory.  Coaches Bud Beech and Marcus Perez were able to utilize their entire squad throughout the contest with all but one of the players denting the scoring column.

 

Jonathan Fennell and Carey paced the well balanced scoring attack with 12 points each with Thatcher Rottinghaus also in double figures with 10.

 

Following Thursday’s Road game at Bartram Trail, the Sharks will have back-to-back home games on Monday (Nov 24) and Tuesday (Nov 25) against a pair of Division 8 schools.  Ponte Vedra will play their first ever game against First Coast on Monday before returning to the Shark tank the next evening to welcome Mandarin.

 

Each of the varsity games will be preceded by Junior Varsity contests that will begin at 6:00 PM.

 

SHARKS TIP OFF PRE-SEASON ACTION 

 

With a number of veterans returning from the school’s first 20 victory season in school history, there is much optimism for this coming year’s Shark’s varsity basketball squad.

 

Posting a record of 21 wins, including a perfect 10-0 sweep in the district, as well as a district tournament championship, the 2013-14 Sharks came one overtime loss to powerful Baker County from advancing deeper into last year’s playoff run.

 

However, this year’s Ponte Vedra squad has one major void to fill in their lineup with the graduation of last year’s St. Johns County Player of the Year,  Jackson Johnson.  

 

Although Johnson was a leading scorer for the Sharks, it may well be the loss of his ball-handling skills that will be the biggest challenge for coaches Bud Beech and Marcus Perez.

 

On the plus side, the Sharks return their entire front line from last year’s squad, giving Shark coaches high hopes for the coming campaign.

 

Returning to the Shark’s front line include a pair of seniors who have been regulars since their sophomore season, 6’4 sharp shooter Quinn Carey and 6’5 center Donovan Garrard.  Energetic 6’4 senior forward Ross McCarthy also returns for the Sharks and could be a vastly improved performer during the coming season.

 

A member of the Shark’s varsity team since his freshman season, 6’2 Matt McGuier could nail down a spot in the starting lineup as a guard or a forward.

 

Coaches Beech and Perez will look at a number of options to see who can fill the role of the departed Johnson from last year’s championship five.  Among those vying for prominent roles in the backcourt include holdover’s from last years squad, Corey Russi and Pat Boylan.

 

However, Russi and Boylan, along with sophomore guard JD Pirris will have a late start as they have been busy playing football for Matt Tobin’s gridders.  With the football season coming to an early end, this trio will have about a week to round into basketball form.

 

The Sharks are hopeful of getting a boost from a foursome that guided last year’s Junior Varsity team to an impressive 15-4 mark.  Joining Pirris on the varsity roster are 5’11 Matt Johnson, 6’0 Clay Welch and 6’1 Tyler Perez, with Johnson being the only junior.

 

Once again coaches Beech and Perez will have a large roster, making for some good competition to command  more playing time.  Returning reservists from last year’s squad hoping to bid for more playing time include junior guard Thatcher Rottinghaus, and seniors Logan Morris, Robert Morris, Jonathan Fennell, and 6’6 Vince DePorre.

 

The coaches are optimistic that 6’5 Mark Harris will be able to spell the veterans in the frontcourt when the muscular 265 pound Harris wraps up his football season.

 

Before the Sharks begin the regular season with a road trip on Monday, November 17th to St. Augustine, the Shark fans will get an early preview when they play a pair of pre-season games this coming week at home in the Todd Mitchell Memorial pre-season classic.

 

This coming Tuesday the Sharks host neighboring St. Augustine St. Joseph in a 7:00 PM tip-off before facing one of the top teams in the nation on Thursday, Nov. 13.

 

Arlington Country Day, rated as the No. 9 team in the USA, will have a dozen players ranging in height from 6’6 to 6’11, with players from many different nations represented.  This will be a rare opportunity for Shark fans to see up close many players who will be playing at the next level in the coming years.

 

The Sharks will make their first home appearance on November 24 when they play host to first time opponent First Coast.

2014 Ponte Vedra Sharks - District Champs 21-6

2013-14 Sharks JV Basketball Team


Upcoming Games

Tuesday,  Dec 2
Ponte Vedra @ Pedro Menendez 6:00pm Pedro Menendez
Ponte Vedra @ Pedro Menendez 7:30pm Pedro Menendez
Thursday,  Dec 4
Creekside @ Ponte Vedra 6:00pm Ponte Vedra
Creekside @ Ponte Vedra 7:30pm Ponte Vedra
Monday,  Dec 8
Fletcher @ Ponte Vedra 6:00pm Ponte Vedra
Fletcher @ Ponte Vedra 7:30pm Ponte Vedra
Thursday,  Dec 11
Clay Co @ Ponte Vedra 6:00pm Ponte Vedra
Clay Co @ Ponte Vedra 7:30pm Ponte Vedra
Friday,  Dec 12
Ponte Vedra @ Bishop Kenny 6:00pm BISHOP KENNY HS
Palatka @ Ponte Vedra 6:00pm Ponte Vedra
Ponte Vedra @ Bishop Kenny 7:30pm BISHOP KENNY HS

For a complete schedule listing, click here!


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