Bulldogs claim top seed in district

Crestview boys basketball

Crestview's Marcelle Moorer dribbles past Niceville's Jalen Douglas on Friday in Crestview.

Published: Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 01:59 AM.

CRESTVIEW — On a night the Crestview High School boys basketball team was at its worst the Bulldogs still found a way beat District 1-7A rival Niceville High School on Friday.

Crestview shook off a sluggish second quarter and came on sstrong in the fourth quarter to beat the Eagles 54-42 to wrap up the top seed in the District 1-7A tournament that starts Feb. 4 at Fort Walton Beach.

As is often the case in sports, Crestview’s best offense was a strong defense. Or, at least it was the defense that jump-started the Bulldog offense in the fourth quarter.

Crestview (18-4) trailed Niceville 36-31 one minute into the fourth quarter. But a steal and a Ronnie Baylark dunk brought the home crowd to life and sparked an 18-1 Bulldog run that allowed Crestview to take control of the game.

“I felt like our press gave them trouble there at the end,” Bulldog coach Greg Watson said. “We usually like to mix it up (on defense). We are pretty good in the half court, but when we are going kind of up tempo, I think that kind of fits our players better.

“From about the five minute mark on in the fourth quarter I felt like we really played well and it kind of showed our senior leadership.”

Baylark and fellow senior Jerry Aaron led Crestview’s late charge as they teamed up to score 16 of Crestview’s 23 points in the fourth quarter. Aaron and Baylark scored eight points each during the Bulldog surge.

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