TAMPA — Nature Coast improved to 4-0 after holding on for a 48-44 victory over tournament host Sickles at the Thanksgiving Shootout on Saturday night.
The game was close throughout, with the largest lead being seven points for the Sharks in the first half.
The Gryphons battled back in the second half, briefly taking the lead early in the third quarter.
But the Sharks quickly regained the lead and never relinquished it again.
Nature Coast showed patience on offense, shooting better than 60 percent from the field.
Sharks junior center Tyler Bergantino continued his good start to the season with 17 points. The 6-foot-9, 250-pounder relied on his size to control the paint, snagging timely rebounds and altering Sickles shot attempts throughout the game.
Senior guard Rashawn Rembert did his best to keep the Gryphons in it, scoring 16.
But the Nature Coast defense proved to be too much as the Sharks held the Gryphons to less than 50 percent shooting.