LYNN HAVEN — Nat Dixon was stellar again for Mosley. Chipley’s Tyrome Sharpe was a little better on Tuesday.
The duo put on a scoring showcase inside the Jim Redfern Gymnasium with the Tigers eventually surging to a 106-87 victory. Sharpe led all scorers with 51 points and a high mark in his still young career. Dixon scored 42, but the Dolphins were unable to match scoring from other sources aside from the hot hand.
Chipley’s Trent Forrest added 22 points and Kobe McCrary 15 in guiding the Tigers to a 13-2 mark. Mosley’s Josh Turner contributed 17 points with only six in the second half.
Sharpe, a sophomore, capped his scoring with a slam on a fast break with less than a minute to play. He was aware of 27 points at halftime when the public address announcer reported it to the crowd to start the third quarter. Sharpe wasn’t sure how close he was to 50 until being informed of the feat after the contest.
“It really didn’t feel like I had that much,” Sharpe said. “I was just focused on the game and wanted to do what I could to help my team win.”
Sharpe had 40 points at the end of three quarters. However, the Dolphins wouldn’t go away and trailed only 72-69.
It took a 10-0 run to start the fourth quarter to give Chipley some needed breathing room. Mosley battled back to within 10 points twice, each on a Dixon basket, but Sharpe and Co. added 34 points in the final frame to leave with a comfortable win.
It was anything but comfortable for 24 minutes, as Mosley (3-11) continued its improvement despite not having wins to show for it, coach Chris Martello said.
“We played with the defending (Class 1A) state champs,” Martello said. “Things are headed in the right direction and hopefully we can pick up some wins soon.”
There was no victory on Tuesday, but Dixon did his best to help Mosley topple a talented 1A team. He also was on the short end of a shootout with Holmes County’s Chris Walker earlier in the season.
Dixon had 17 points in the first half and pulled Mosley to within three points, 36-33, midway through the second quarter. Mosley held its final lead, 28-27, briefly after two Cody Harris free throws early in the second quarter. The Tigers led by as many as eight points in the first half, but Mosley moved to within 48-44 at halftime.
Dixon outdueled Sharpe 16-13 in the third quarter. Sharpe had 11 points in the fourth, seven coming from the free-throw line, to help the Chipley surge.
“My coaches just told me to keep shooting,” Sharpe said. “We wanted the ‘W’ and if that’s what it took to win then that’s what I had to do.”
Mosley had four players in double figures in the JV game to barely surpass Sharpe’s output. But it still resulted in a win, as Dalton Jones scored 18, Brien Polter 15, Quinton Fogle 14 and Avante Gardner 11 in an 83-64 Mosley victory.
Mosley is at Niceville on Thursday. Chipley hosts Bratt Northview also on Thursday.
Sharpe 16 12-21 51, Campbell 2 0-0 6, Forrest 8 6-10 22, McCrary 7 1-2 15, Justice 2 0-0 5, Holmes 0 2-2 2, Smith 0 5-6 5. Totals: 35 26-41 106.
Ward 3 1-2 9, Dixon 14 4-5 42, Harrison 1 3-3 5, Corbin 2 0-1 5, Harris 1 3-3 5, Doolan 1 0-0 2, Turner 6 5-6 17, Alexander 1 0-0 2. Totals 27 16-20 87.
Chipley 27 21 24 34 — 106
Mosley 23 21 25 18 — 87
3-point field goals: Chipley 10 (Sharpe 5, Justice 3, Campbell 2), Mosley 9 (Dixon 6, Ward 2, Corbin).