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Sharks nip another foe

Teams do not get vacation time for having a flair for the dramatic, but if they did, Nature Coast might take the next few games off.

After winning a home game against Mitchell last week that came down to the wire, the Sharks defeated Pasco 49-48 in the waning seconds Tuesday night.

Nature Coast (3-0) started quickly enough, going up 17-13 as the first quarter ended. Pasco (1-2) refused to go away though. The Pirates pressed a tentative Nature Coast backcourt in the second and third quarters and were up 37-30 by the time the fourth quarter began.

The lead was extended to eight when Nature Coast guard Mike Dudek committed a costly technical foul.

Teammate Joe Silvestri (14 points, eight rebounds) sparked a run with 2:34 left when he knocked down a 26-foot 3-point shot. Dudek redeemed himself by hitting the 3-pointer to tie it at 48 with 1:20 remaining.

"Being down doesn't discourage these guys," Nature Coast coach Travis Priddy said. "They have a lot of intensity when the pressure is on."

Nature Coast forward Josh Ortiz, who struggled all game, also came up big when it mattered. He scored 10 of his 12 points, had 3-of-4 rebounds and 3-of-4 steals in the fourth.

To top it off, Ortiz hit the front end of a 1-and-1 that gave the Sharks the decisive 49-48 advantage.

Pasco came up short despite the effort of forward Demitrious Larry. The Pirate star came up with a game-high 14 points and 12 rebounds.