Sanders leads Gators past Freeport

Baker boys basketball

Baker's Justin Morgan takes the ball to the basket against Freeport on Tuesday.

RANDY DICKSON | News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 11:30 PM.

BAKER  — Powered by Garrett Sanders’s 24 points the Baker boys basketball team picked up a hard-fought District 2-1A 53-47 win over rival Freeport on Tuesday.

Sanders wasn’t a one-man show as he was joined in double figures by Brooks Taylor, who had 11 points and Justin Morgan’s 10 points.

The longtime rivals – both in rebuilding years – battled hard from the opening tip.

“We never quit, and as a coach you have to look at the positives,” Baker coach Mike Martello said. “We made some silly mistakes at time and that’s because we don’t have a lot of experience and depth.

“Every time you play Freeport, they are going to play hard. It was a battle just as we expected.”

Sanders got off to a quick start scoring five points in the first three minutes of play before Freeport (2-6, 1-3) came back behind the hot shooting of Curtiss Parker. Parker, who led the Bulldogs with 20 points, hit back-to-back baskets to give Freeport a 9-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

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