2017-02-16 / Sports

Raiders edge Dolphins in districts by 3

GB rally from 11 down falls short in closing seconds
BY JASON THOMPSON
Gulf Breeze News© 2017


Dimitri Pejic scored 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting in the Dolphins’ loss to Navarre. 
Jason Thompson/Gulf Breeze News Dimitri Pejic scored 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting in the Dolphins’ loss to Navarre. Jason Thompson/Gulf Breeze News Three months earlier, Gulf Breeze won a game for the ages in Navarre.

Two weeks ago, in a different sport, the Dolphins did it again with another fourth quarter comeback.

But last week, Navarre returned the favor.

The Raiders, who led by as many as 11 early in the third quarter, held on for a 48-45 win in a District 1-8A semifinal Feb. 7 in Navarre. Niceville beat the Raiders 65-54 in the championship game Friday.

The loss ended Jarrod Denmon’s second year as head coach, but has recorded more wins than the previous years both times (five two years ago, to 11 and now 13).

Gulf Breeze failed to score on its first five possessions, which allowed the Raiders to take a 7-0 lead in the opening minutes.

The Dolphins would get 3- pointers from Chance Napier and Cole Sheppard to get within 9-7.


Will Welch tries a reverse layup as Navarre’s Tyrese Harvey defense in Gulf Breeze’s 48-45 loss to the Raiders Feb. 7. 
Jason Thompson/Gulf Breeze News Will Welch tries a reverse layup as Navarre’s Tyrese Harvey defense in Gulf Breeze’s 48-45 loss to the Raiders Feb. 7. Jason Thompson/Gulf Breeze News Navarre would score the final four points of the quarter to give the Raiders a 13-7 lead after one.

Gulf Breeze turned the ball over seven times in their first 10 possessions in the second quarter. That stretch allowed the Raiders to go on a 12-6 run to make it 25-13.

GBHS would cut the deficit to five at the half after Sheppard bucket, a layup by Dmitri Pejic and a Zion Hamilton 3-pointer - both off passes from Sheppard.

The Raiders hit a pair of threes to open the third quarter, giving them an 11-point lead.

Napier, who was 5-for-10 from the field for 12 points, hit one of his two 3-pointers before Pejic converted a three-point play as part of an 8-3 run to get Gulf Breeze back within 34-28.

The Raiders, who out-rebounded GBHS 39-27, scored off a pair of offensive boards to increase their lead to 10 before a 6-0 run, capped by a Will Welch 3-pointer, made it 38-34 heading to the fourth.


Navarre’s Matt Harshany (14) takes a charge on Luke McHenry in the Raiders’ three-point win. 
Jason Thompson/Gulf Breeze News Navarre’s Matt Harshany (14) takes a charge on Luke McHenry in the Raiders’ three-point win. Jason Thompson/Gulf Breeze News Gulf Breeze tied the game at 40- 40 on a Napier hoop. An 8-2 run upped Navarre’s lead back to six before a Pejic scored the last of his team-high 18 points on a 3-pointer with 13.4 seconds left. GBHS had two chances to tie in the final 10 seconds, but were unable.

Pejic was 7-for-11 from the field, while Napier had six rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Sheppard had six points, six boards and two blocks, while Hamilton had five, Welch and Tyler Phelps six rebounds and four steals.



Zion Hamilton looks for a teammate in Gulf Breeze’s loss to Navarre in the District 1-8A semifinals last week. Hamilton was one of 11 seniors to play their final game. 
Jason Thompson/Gulf Breeze News Zion Hamilton looks for a teammate in Gulf Breeze’s loss to Navarre in the District 1-8A semifinals last week. Hamilton was one of 11 seniors to play their final game. Jason Thompson/Gulf Breeze News

Cole Sheppard puts up a floater in the lane during the district tournament last week in Navarre. 
Jason Thompson/Gulf Breeze News Cole Sheppard puts up a floater in the lane during the district tournament last week in Navarre. Jason Thompson/Gulf Breeze News

Tyler Phelps looks for a teammate to pass to in the Dolphins’ 48-45 loss to Navarre last week. 
Jason Thompson/Gulf Breeze News Tyler Phelps looks for a teammate to pass to in the Dolphins’ 48-45 loss to Navarre last week. Jason Thompson/Gulf Breeze News

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