Bulldogs fall in district semifinals

Published: Monday, February 11, 2013 at 02:21 AM.

LYNN HAVEN — Crestview was showing signs of overcoming its miserable start, after Choctawhatchee opened their District 2-6A semifinal at Mosley on Friday with the first 13 points of the game.

But the Bulldogs, who had crept within 26-19, had no answer for another 11-point blitz by the Indians that bracketed the second and third quarters.

As a result, Choctaw opened a 20-point bulge by the first minute of the third quarter and eased to a 76-58 victory and a berth in tonight’s championship game.

Short-handed Crestview, 13-12, missing the presence of Denzel Ware inside, simply couldn’t respond when the Indians, 14-11, clamped down on Ronnie Baylark.

The Bulldogs junior finished with 18 points, but 10 of them came in the fourth quarter when the outcome had been long decided.

“Our main focus was to limit Ronnie’s points tonight,” Choctaw coach Andy Thigpen said.

The Indians opened in a box-and-one defense with four players in a zone and the other hounding Baylark man-to-man. Four different Indians had the responsibility of limiting Baylark’s touches and Crestview mostly was forced into a perimeter game.

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