Franklin County fans are on their feet in the third quarter as the tide changed in the game [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]
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Regional finals Tuesday at the Nest!

Seahawks down Blountstown 47-43

After falling behind in the first half, Franklin County battled back in the third quarter to seize the lead and then held on to down Blountstown on the Tigers’ home court 47-43 Thursday night.

The win , combined with Cottondale’s 41-39 win over Sneads, means the higher-seeded Seahawks will host the regional finals at The Nest Tuesday night, where a victory would mean The Seahawks are headed for Lakeland to be part of Class 1A Final Four.

Eighth grader #4 Sadiq Jones helped turn the tide with some electrifying plays in the third quarter. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ][

The Seahawks’ victory in a jam-packed Tiger gym, roaring in equal measure by Franklin County and Blountstown fans, did not come easy, as Franklin County fell behind 15-11 in the first quarter and 23-18 at the half.

With his team holding its biggest lead of the game, 45-37 with about three minutes left in the game, Seahawks Coach Ray Bailey urges his players on while senior Owen Poloronis takes a breather on the ground during the timeout. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

The Seahawks had been superb at the free throw line, ending the night at better than 70 percent, which became especially important given the Tigers’ dismal performance at the charity stripe.

But several easy shots under the basket had failed to drop, and the challenge was on in the locker room for Coach Ray Bailey to rally his troops.

The Seahawks came out spirited, and took the lead going into the fourth quarter on the strength of a 13-3 third quarter.

The Tigers would get within two, 45-43, and after senior Jaidyn Rhodes got tied up in the corner with 90 seconds left to play, Bailey burned his last timeout to avoid a possible turnover.

Senior Owen Poloronis battled all night with Tiger #23 senior #23 Taiveon Crumite. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

Senior Owen Poloronis and eighth grader Sadiq Jones would later nail free throws to secure the four-point win.

Senior Jaidyn Rhodes drives to the basket against Tiger senior #23 Taiveon Crumite. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]


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David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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