Gators can't hold off Knights

Baker boys basketball

Baker guard Austin Hicks tries to slip past a Rocky Bayou defender in the first half of the season opener Tuesday.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 04:16 PM.

BAKER — Baker School's boys basketball team, up by 13 points with less than a minute left in the third quarter, couldn't hold off a hard-charging Rocky Bayou Christian squad Tuesday night.

The Knights outscored the Gators by 15 points in the final eight minutes and 11 seconds of play, beating Baker 53-51 in both teams' season opener.

Pressure defense helped propel Rocky Bayou to the late surge on points that came off Gator turnovers.

Casey Ponder benefited from many of those Knight points, scoring eight of his team-high 13 points in the fourth quarter.

"I'm disappointed in the loss, but I'm optimistic about what we can do when we come together," Gator Coach Mike Martello said. "We are running a press break that some of the newer guys aren't yet familiar with it. We made some mental errors too.

"I think that was a sign of our inexperience, as well as not handling the press."

Rocky Bayou took the first lead on a Chris Matthews score 90 seconds in to the game. Baker's Justin Morgan tied things up with six minutes left in the opening stanza as the team jockeyed back and forth for the lead.

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