GULFPORT -- Gulfport relied on its two top players to hold off Biloxi.
Jahshire Hardnett and Dimitri Cook combined for 14 points during a 14-0 spurt as the Admirals prevailed 61-50 on Friday night at Bert Jenkins Gymnasium.
Biloxi (14-9) tied the game at 41-all with 4:50 left behind Zach Parker, who scored a team-high 13 points.
Hardnett scored eight of his 22 points in a crucial two minute stretch. Cook added six of his 18 points for the Admirals (26-2).
"Those two guys have come through for us all year," Admirals coach Owen Miller said. "We didn't play well to start the third quarter. Biloxi made shots and made plays. "
It was Senior night as Gulfport honored 12th graders on both boys' and girls' teams before the game.
The Admirals scored the game's first seven points, but only led 10-6 after one quarter. Biloxi only made one field goal in the first eight minutes, missing six of its first seven shots.
Gulfport ended the second quarter with a 11-1 run, turning a 20-14 lead into a 31-15 halftime advantage. Hardnett scored six points, while Jevon Floyd added during the Admirals' spurt.
The Indians reeled off nine straight points to open the third quarter, cutting the gap to 31-28. Parker hit a pair of treys, holding Gulfport scoreless for the first four minutes of the second half. Raphael Shaw added six of his 12 points.
Biloxi withstood a 7-0 Admirals run, trailing only 41-37 after three quarters. Raphael Shaw added six of his 12 points late for the Indians.
Gulfport hasn't lost to a Coast team this season. Both of the Admirals' losses came against Jackson-area teams: Madison Central and Warren Central.
The Admirals face Hancock in the Division 7-6A tournament on Tuesday at Hattiesburg High School. Biloxi meets D'Iberville in the Division 8-6A tournament semifinals at St. Martin High School.
Gulfport and Biloxi could meet a third time on Feb. 25 in a 6A South State elimination game.