Ware leads Bulldogs past Raiders

Crestview boys basketball

Crestview post player Denzel Ware goes up strong for a basket against Navarre on Friday. Ware finished the game with 15 points to lead the Bulldogs in scoring as the beat the Raiders 54-41.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:08 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Denzel Ware was a force to be reckoned with Friday night as Crestview High School hosted Navarre High School in District 1-7A boys basketball play.

Ware scored 15 points to lead a trio of Bulldogs in double figures as Crestview won 54-41.

Jerry Aaron, 12 points and Ronnie Baylark, 10 points joined Ware in double figures.

The win assured the Bulldogs (15-4, 6-1) at least a tie for first place in regular season district play. A win over Niceville on Friday gives Crestview the top seed in the district tournament that starts Feb. 4 at Fort Walton Beach.

Bulldog coach Greg Watson said he isn't that concerned about where Crestview is seeded in the tournament.

It's important (the seeding)," he said, "but it's not the most important thing. We are kind of going through some stretches where we are not playing real, real well. So my main goal is to get us playing better whether we are seeded one, two or three, whatever it is we have to start playing better.

We are doing it (playing well) in spurts. We will play good for five minutes and then we will have two or three minutes where we are sloppy with the ball and lose a guy defensively. We've just got to fix that."

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