Bulldogs down Raiders in district semifinals

Crestview boys basketball

Crestview's Josh Hinton shoots over the outstretched arm of a Navarre defender in Friday's District 1-7A tournament semifinal game at Fort Walton Beach.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 12:51 AM.

FORT WALTON BEACH — There were no real surprises as No. 1 seed Crestview High School rolled to a 53-38 win over Navarre in the District 1-7A boys basketball tournament semifinals.

Big men Denzel Ware and Jerry Aaron each scored 13 points and Ronnie Baylark added 10 points as the Bulldogs (20-6) led most of the game.

The Raiders, who were playing without their top player, Gaitlin Casey, kept it close early behind the play of Matthew Webb and Cameron Mayweather.

A 3-point play by Webb with 2:51 left in the first quarter put Navarre up 11-10. But back-to-back 3-pointers by Tay King and Marcelle Moorer pushed Crestview back in front 16-11 at the end of the period.

Aaron and Ware took over in the second quarter as Crestview extended the lead to 31-18 at the half. Navarre never got closer than 12 point in the second half as the Bulldogs marched into tonight’s 7 p.m. championship game with Niceville.

“I think we did a good job of doing what we do good,” Bulldog Coach Greg Watson said. “L.J. (Aaron) got off to a good start, which is good for us and hit a couple of jumpers.

“They (the Raiders) really boxed it in inside and I thought we handled it pretty well. Defensively, I think we played well overall.”

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