Defense comes up big for Bulldogs

Crestview boys basketball

Crestview's Rusty Moorer races past Fort Walton Beach defender Chris Bowden on Tuesday as the Bulldogs beat the Vikings 50-43 in a District 1-7A boys basketball game.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 10:44 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Spurred by a strong defensive effort the Crestview boys basketball team took a 50-43 win over District 1-7A rival Fort Walton Beach on Tuesday.

First-year Bulldog coach Greg Watson was pleased with his team's effort on both on both ends of the court.

"We played well defensively," he said. "We held them to 43. Effort wise we did a good job.

"Coach (John) Lavin does a great job (with the Vikings). They play hard defensively. It was tough for us to score as well."

Ronnie Baylark opened the scoring for Crestview 28 seconds into the game as the Bulldogs took an early 2-0 lead. Baskets wouldn't come so easy the rest of the quarter.

Back-to-back scores by Marquese Davenport and Chris Bowden gave the Vikings a lead they held most of the first quarter.

The biggest Viking lead of the game was five points at 8-3 after a Trace Ryan basket with 4:02 left in the period.

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