Cardiac Sharks run out of time, magic at Darlington

sjhoops-blueThe Cardiac Sharks finally ran out of last-second magic in Wednesday night’s Class 3A Lower State semifinal, or maybe they just ran out of time.

For the second straight playoff game St. James erased a double-digit halftime deficit to force the game into a frantic few final seconds. But this time the Sharks (18-6) couldn’t complete the comeback and fell 81-77 to host Darlington.

This rally was even bigger than the one in their 52-51 victory at Orangeburg-Wilkinson on Friday, when St. James trailed by 15 points at the half. This time the Sharks found themselves in a 19-point hole thanks to the hot-shooting Falcons.

But in the same never-say-die fashion that has been a trademark of the team that made the deepest playoff run in school history. Zach Werba hit all five of his 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as the Sharks cut the deficit to two in the final seconds before the Falcons iced it.

St. James was led by Jackson Hurston and Brandon Haywood with 21 and 20 points, respectively, Werba finished with 15 and Jordan Fields added 12 for the Sharks.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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