NICEVILLE — If the little things make a big difference Crestview High School’s boys basketball team still has some little things as well as some not so little things to work on.
Those not so little things include protecting the basketball, hitting free throws and not committing silly fouls. The Bulldogs didn’t do any of those big things well down the stretch Monday as they opened the Go Southern Beach Blowout against Christian Brothers High School, Memphis, Tenn., at the Raider Arena at Northwest Florida State College.
Not protecting the basketball in the final minutes of play was the real difference as Crestview blew a six-point lead in the final 74 seconds of play in a 50-49 loss.
“Turnovers killed us,” Crestview Coach George Stakley said. “Not taking care of the ball – the little things.
“All we had to do was hold the ball and get a good shot off and we win the game.”
Instead it was the Purple Wave, which is currently ranked as the number five team in Tennessee by MaxPreps, that did the little things to win the game.
Christian Brothers forced three Bulldog turnovers down the stretch and scored the last seven points to grab the win.
Crestview (10-2) got off to a fast start thanks to some hot shooting by Rusty Moorer. Moorer opened the game with back-to-back 3-pointers in the first minute of play to put the Bulldogs up 6-0.
Christian Brothers guard Justin Lindner and center Jacob Lyons then went to work as the Purple Wave closed out the quarter on a 12-5 run.
J.J. Reisedge helped Christian Brothers keep the edge in the second quarter. Reisedge came off the bench to hit a pair of 3-pointers as the Purple Wave pushed the lead to 27-21 at the half.
But the Bulldogs didn’t go away. Andrew Adkins provided the offensive spark in the third quarter and the Bulldog defense took over as Crestview moved in front 34-32 at the end of the third quarter. If not for three questionable offensive fouls called on the Bulldogs in the first minute of the period the Bulldogs easily could have easily had a lead larger than two points.
Moorer and Marquis McClain teamed up to score all 15 Bulldog points in the fourth quarter. McClain scored eight of his 10 points in the period.
Back-to-back baskets by Moorer and McClain gave the Bulldogs their six point lead with time running out. But the lead wasn’t enough as the Bulldogs couldn’t withstand the last charge by the Purple Wave.