Bulldogs band together for win

Published: Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 05:33 PM.

A Morken 2-pointer was followed by a basket by Crestview’s Denzel Ware. When Morken dropped home a 3-pointer, Ronnie Baylark answered for the Bulldogs (7-9, 1-2) as Crestview embraced the band of brothers mentality.

Andrew Mitchell sparked the Eagles (6-12, 2-4) midway through the first quarter scoring six quick points. A Mitchell basket with two minutes left in the opening period put Niceville up 13-12.

Twenty-six seconds later Roman Donofro hit a 3-pointer to bive Crestview a 15-13 lead and the Bulldogs didn’t trail the rest of the way.

Crestview led 18-15 at the end of the first quarter and 30-27 at half. Niceville kept things close through the break thanks to a pair of 3-pointers by Nicholas Haynes, who led Niceville with 12 points, in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs got a second quarter boost from Trevin Arrington and Rashard Bess, who came off the bench to score five points each and all Crestview to keep the Eagles at arms length.

Crestview’s defense stepped up in the third quarter holding the Eagles to six points. Baylark scored four of his game-high 16 points in the third period as Crestview pulled in front by seven after three.

Donofro’s second 3-pointer of the game at the 5:24 mark in the fourth quarter gave the Bulldogs a 45-34 lead and Crestview held on down the stretch to close out the win.

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