Holmes County teams up on Baker

Baker boys basketball

Baker's Justin Shaw takes the basketball at a Holmes County defender on his way to a score Friday night.

Published: Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 05:01 AM.

BAKER — As a consensus top 10 prospect in the country and standing 6-feet-10 inches tall, Holmes County’s Chris Walker draws plenty of attention wherever he goes on and off the basketball floor.

Walker and his Blue Devil teammates were in Baker on Friday for a District 2-1A game with the Gators.

It was no surprise that Walker was a force in the paint swatting away numerous Baker field goal attempts, or that he easily dominated the boards. What was a little surprising is Walker only scored nine points as the Blue Devils beat the Gators 67-46.

Despite the loss Baker coach Mike Martello was upbeat about the performance of the Gators.

“You could tell what our game plan was and I thought our guys did an excellent job executing that game plan,” he said. “We just didn’t have as many weapons as they did.

No matter what anybody tells you they are not a one-man team. They’ve got guys around Chris Walker that can step up and you saw that tonight.”

In fact Walker was more of an on-floor spectator in the first quarter as were most of the Blue Devils as Junior Miles stole the show scoring 16 points in the opening quarter.

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