Indians steal one from Bulldogs

Published: Friday, December 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM.

FORT WALTON BEACH — Michael Hawkins had seen enough.

What once was a 13-point second-half lead over Crestview on Tuesday had become a 53-51 deficit for Choctaw, which needed someone to come through in the clutch.

Enter Hawkins, who put the Indians on his back en route to a 57-53 win.

First, the senior point guard picked Jonathan Buckelew’s pocket and tied the game on a coast-to-coast layup with 39.3 seconds left in the contest.

“Buckelew got picked at the top of the key and it was a great pick,” said Crestview coach Ken Meisner, whose team fell to 2-7 on the year. “The kid went down to score to give them back the momentum.”

Then, after the Indians (6-4) forced one of Crestview’s 17 turnovers, Hawkins drove to the hoop up the right side, drew the foul and calmly swished two free throws, giving the Indians a 55-53 advantage with 5. 9 seconds to play.

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