Strong Finish Carries Leon Past Bulldogs

Senior Night didn't go as planned for the Crockett Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs came into their game Friday night tied for second place in District 21-3A with New Waverly, and were hoping to solidify the runner-up playoff spot with a victory over the visiting Leon Cougars.

Instead, the Cougars finished strong down the stretch to overcome the Bulldogs 53-44 at The Hop.

Now the Bulldogs (8-5) go into the final game in a three-way tie for third place with Buffalo and Westwood. New Waverly (9-4) knocked off district champion Trinity (11-2) 47-40 to take sole possession of second place. Leon improved to 6-7, but is out of the playoff picture.

Crockett wrapped up district play Tuesday at Onalaska (2-11).

During the pregame activities, the Bulldogs recognized eight seniors-- Leyth Jaber, Rasheed Epps, Deandre Anderson, Vunterrious Leonard, Damarkus Griffin, De'Anthony Henry, Case Robinson and Dewan Simon.

Against Leon, the Bulldogs were plagued by cold shooting, particularly from 3-point range late in the game.
Crockett made 8 of 15 free throws, but the Cougars knocked down 23 of 32 attempts (72%). Leon picked up 16 of its 21 points in the fourth quarter at the charity stripe.

The Bulldogs led 11-9 after the first quarter and 22-15 at the break.

Leon closed out the third quarter with two unanswered buckets to knot the score at 32-32 and then outscored the Dogs 21-12 in the final period.

The Cougars opened the fourth with a trey and a pair of free throws to take a five-point lead, 37-32.

A 3-pointer by Octavius Anderson put Crockett ahead 39-38 with 3:50, but Leon answered with an 8-0 run to take a 46-39 edge with 1:09 left.

Crockett would trim the lead to 46-42 with: 56 left after a free throw by Xavion Dixon and a basket by Derrick Sherman.

Crockett missed a layup and several 3-pointers before Dixon finally broke the scoring drought with 10 seconds left, but the Cougars closed out the game hitting seven straight free throws down the stretch.

Leon's Blake Lowry led all scorers with 20 points, including trey and 11 of 15 free throw shooting.

Octavius Anderson was the only Crockett scorer in double figures with 11 (1 trey). Xavion Dixon scored 9, followed by Rusheed Epps with 8, Tyress Anderson 5 (1 trey), Derrick Sherman 4, Demarkus Griffin 3, Demander Anderson 2, and Lucky Daniels 2.