Indians steal one from Bulldogs

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

“I saw an opening and took it. I drew the foul and just hit my free throws,” said Hawkins, who had a game-high six steals to go along with 11 points, three rebounds and three assists.

Hawkins wasn’t done.

After inbounds underneath Crestview’s hoop, Hawkins split a Buckelew pass to Ronnie Baylark, who got a piece of ball for a Bulldog turnover. That led to Angel Acosta’s pair of game-sealing free throws with 1.3 seconds remaining.

“I have all the faith in my teammates,” Hawkins said of Acosta’s clutch shots at the charity stripe. “I knew he would knock them down.”

The down-to-the-wire finish came after a dominant start for Choctaw, which received a game-high 19 points from Bryan Baker.

 Baker scored 12 points in the opening half and the Indians turned 10 Crestview turnovers into 14 points to lead 29-21 at halftime.

Out of the locker room, the lead ballooned to 42-29 after Hawkins and Baker’s back-to-back treys.

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