Crockett boys won a crucial district showdown on the road Monday night, taking down the Coldspring Trojans 59-44.
"Our defense was the key. For three minutes of the third quarter we played defense the way we ought to be playing and the way I know we're capable of playing," said Bulldog Head Coach Kadrian Bryant in reference to a 14 to 2 run that gave the Bulldogs a 45-26 midway in the third.
"We caused Coldspring to turn some balls over, got out in transition and ran a little bit. We left a lot of layups out there, but a few bounced our way and we pushed the lead up to 12 at the end of the third," added the coach.
Trailing by seven, the Bulldogs closed out the first quarter with a 12-0 run on four straight treys to pull ahead 18-13. B.J. Anderson drained five treys and Drew Corry knocked down another in the opening frame.
The Bulldogs opened up a 10-point lead late in the second quarter, but the Trojans cut it back to seven, 31-24, at halftime on a late 3-pointer.
Outscoring the Trojans by 12 during that pivotal run in the third, the Bulldogs gained some breathing room as they opened up a 19-point lead.
The Bulldogs carried a 49-37 cushion into the final period and then outscored the Trojans 10 to 7 to secure the victory.
B.J. Anderson led the Bulldogs in double figures with 15 points, including five treys-- all but one coming in the first quarter.
Lucky Daniels finished with 8, followed by Drew Corry (1 trey) and Harvey Stewart with 6 apiece, Alton Owens with 5 (1 trey), Derrick Sherman 4, Jurmond Wooten with 3, Marcus Smith 2 and Tyress Anderson with 2.
The Bulldogs shot 13 of 25 at the stripe for 52%.
Jurmond Wooten logged 4 steals while Drew Corry and Keshaun Smotherman were credited with 3 apiece. B.J. Anderson and Smotherman each booked 3 assists.
Smotherman also grabbed six rebounds-- three on offense and three on defense.
Another key factor, noted Coach Bryant, was that B.J. Anderson took three charges and Tyress Anderson took two charges.
In the other district matchups played Friday, Hempstead knocked off New Waverly 71-56 and Trinity edged Anderson-Shiro 42-37.
Crockett, New Waverly and Onalaska all sit at 2-1 in district. Hempstead, which had a bye the first week of district, is 2-0. Coldspring slipped to 1-1.
After a bye Tuesday, Crockett will host Anderson-Shiro on Friday and then start preparing for a showdown with Hempstead (14-3), which is ranked No. 10 in the TABC poll.