Bulldogs make quick work of Panthers

Published: Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 05:54 PM.

With the Bulldogs up by 17 points, it seemed as if it was just a matter of time before they pushed the lead to 35 points to force the running clock in the second half.

That wasn't to be the case, as the Panthers refused to go quietly into the early-January night.

Crestview Coach Greg Watson was pleased with the win, but disappointed that the Bulldogs didn't put the Panthers away quickly.

"We got complacent in the second quarter and ... in the fourth quarter," he said. "We play well in stretches, but we have to develop that killer instinct, and that's what I keep preaching to the guys. Until we do that, anything can happen.

"They cut it to  (11) there at the end, when it should have been 15 or 16 points. That's three possessions from losing. It's just one of those things of learning how to close a game out."

Bobby Green caught fire for Milton in the second quarter, scoring eight of his team-leading 14 points. But even with Green leading the charge and Milton scoring 18 second-quarter points, the Panthers were only able to trim two points off the Bulldog lead.

The one glitch at the scoring table in the second quarter came when three points were taken from the Bulldogs. Officials and scorekeepers conferred at halftime and Crestview was awarded one more point.

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