CRESTVIEW — Chipley High School sophomore sensation Trent Forrest scored 26 points to lead the Tigers to a 51-42 win over the Crestview boys basketball team Tuesday night.
Forrest saved his best for the end of the game as he scored half of his points in the fourth quarter to lead Chipley to the come-from-behind win.
The game was marred by sloppy play and inconsistent officiating in the second half that often seemed to have the calls going the way of the visiting Tigers.
Bulldog coach Greg Watson admitted the Tigers, who improved to 9-1 are a good team. But he placed most of the blame for the loss on Crestview's inability to do the things to win.
"We never got into a rhythm," he said. "We were very stagnant on offense and just kind of sat around and watched Ronnie (Baylark on the offensive end of the court), which is something we can't do.
We missed a ton of layups and free throws -- the front end of one-and-ones -- in the fourth quarter. We missed three just bunny layups with nobody on us late. You are not going to win close games when you miss those."
The Tigers took an early 6-2 lead in the first quarter on the strength of a 3-point play by Zack Cambell and a Forrest 3-point basket with 5:20 left in the quarter.
Crestview's only basket in the first three minutes of the game came from Baylark.
Scores by Jerry Aaron and Josh Hinton pulled the Bulldogs (13-3) even with the Tigers with 4:21 left in the quarter.
A 9-4 Crestview run closed out the opening stanza as Wesly St. Vil scored a pair of baskets, Denzel Ware added a score and Rashad Bess hit a 3-pointer.
Crestview led 15-10 at the end of the first quarter and 26-20 at the half. But Forrest, who only scored three points in the first quarter, was just getting warmed up as he scored six in the second period to help the Tigers stay within striking distance of the Bulldogs.
Tyrome Sharpe scored eight points in the third quarter as the Tigers seized the momentum from Crestview.
Chipley led 36-34 at the end of the third period and rode Forrest to the win in the fourth quarter. Forrest shot seven free throws in the final stanza and the Tigers shot 17 from the stripe in the game while the Bulldogs only shot eight free throws.
Two of the Tiger free throws came on a questionable flagrant foul by Aaron on Forrest. The last two free throws came with five seconds left in the game after Watson was called for a technical foul for expressing his frustration with how the officials called the game.
Baylark led the Bulldogs in scoring with 14 points. Aaron scored 11.
Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.