PANAMA CITY — Gabe Steele had 18 points Friday night as Rutherford cemented the top seed in the upcoming District 1-5A boys basketball tournament with a 67-59 win over Bay.
The Rams, 18-2, roared through the district unbeaten and earned a first-round bye aided by 17 points from Khaliel Spearman and 13 by Josh Wade. The district tournament will be hosted by Bay beginning Feb. 4.
Tommy Wade led all scorers with 22 points for Bay, 17-5. Demetrius Rivers added 16.
Rutherford is at Graceville tonight at 7 p.m. Bay plays at Lincoln 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Port St. Joe 61, Bozeman 46
SAND HILLS — T.J. Williams had 20 points, Marcel Johnson nine points and four assists and Chad Quinn seven points and six rebounds for Port St. Joe. The Tiger Sharks are 10-11, 4-5 in District 4-1A. Brandon Suttles had 12 points and Ryan Peltonen and Christian Byrd eight apiece for the Bucks. Bozeman is 13-8, 5-5 in district.
Port St. Joe plays at Liberty County 3:30 p.m. CST today. Bozeman hosts North Bay Haven 7 p.m. Tuesday for Senior Night.
Mosley 68, Arnold 61
LYNN HAVEN — Nat Dixon had 28 points, Jacob Harrison 16, including 14 of 15 at the free-throw line and Donovan Albert 11 for the Dolphins. Warren Stadmire added nine points on a trio of 3-pointers.
Cordale Morris had 20 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter for Arnold. Stephon Johns had 14 and Jawuan White and Cody Harris 10 each.
Harrison made eight straight free throws down the stretch for Mosley, 8-14, 3-7, which plays tonight at Chipley. The Dolphins play at Niceville on Monday.
Arnold won the JV game 63-61. All nine players for Mosley scored led by Avante Garner with 16 points. Alonzo Johnson added 12. Tyler Minchew had 22 points for the Marlins and Damnai Flanagain 19.
Arnold won the freshmen game 54-23. Chris Cox had 13 for the Marlins.
Marianna 72, West Florida 50
MARIANNA — Herman Williams helped keep Marianna unbeaten in 1-4A with 15 points. Roderick Copeland had 13, Shaquarious Baker 13, Antavious Leonard 10 and Trey Clemons nine.
The Bulldogs improved to 21-1 overall.
North Bay Haven 60, Franklin County 56
EASTPOINT — David Jones had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Bucs, 10-12. Andrew Matson added 11 points and four assists.
North Bay Haven is at Poplar Springs tonight.
Altha 70, Poplar Springs 27
POPLAR SPRINGS — PJ Iler had 29 points to pace Altha, which opened a huge lead after eight minutes. Zac Morris added 14 points and Kent Rogers 10.
Franklin County 34, North Bay Haven 26
EASTPOINT — The Bucs fell to 16-8 despite nine points and seven rebounds by Jordan Wobser. Cara Culpepper had nine points and two steals and Morgan Simo six points and two steals.
NBH plays next at Poplar Springs.
Franklin County 47, Aucilla Christian 41
MONTICELLO — Kelsey Jones had 15 points and six rebounds for the Seahawks, 7-14. Tyler Farmer added seven points, five rebounds and four assists and Cameron White six points and six rebounds.