By Will Johnson
TRINITY – The Crockett Bulldogs were coming off of a huge win against the New Waverly Bulldogs and were positioned alone in second place in District 20-3A when they took on the Trinity Tigers last Friday in Trinity.
They were also primed for an upset. The Dawgs, however, got a big lift from the return of Xavion Dixon who made his season debut during the game. Dixon, a key part of last year’s playoff run, had been recovering from an injury sustained during football season and had yet to lace up the high tops in the 2016-2017 campaign.
Although the senior only scored six points, the Dawgs seemed to be re-energized by his presence on the court and went on to win the game against Trinity by a final score of 65-50.
As the game got underway, it was the inside presence of freshman Allen Horace that set the tone for the game. He altered shots, corralled rebounds and gave the Tigers fits as he scored nine points in the first eight minutes of action. Dixon also made his presence known as he powered inside for two points, was fouled and converted the free throw. Alton Owens knocked one down from outside the arc for three, Harvey Stewart added two from down low and Derrick Sherman made one of two from the line as the Dawgs opened up an 18-11 lead by the end of the quarter.
The Tigers first quarter scoring came from Raymond Franklin with six and Trevor Barron with five.
The Dawgs padded their lead in the second frame as B.J. Anderson found his range from three-point land and dropped in two 3-pointers. Stewart made a three the old fashioned way (on a two and a free throw) while five Bulldogs – Tyrese Anderson, Drew Corry, Lucky Daniels, Horace and Marcus Smith – all scored two. Dixon converted one of two from the charity stripe to close out the first half scoring for the Dawgs.
Trinity tried to use the three ball to stay in the game. Franklin drained a three-pointer to go along with five free throws while Jonathan Hester and Holden Hodge also connected from long range. Fred Rodgers made one of two from the line to round out the Tigers’ second quarter point production
When the two teams emerged from their respective locker rooms after the break, Trinity found itself staring up at a 38-26 deficit and went about trying to cut into the Crockett lead. Franklin dropped in six for the Tigers while Barron and Nolan Hodge both netted five. Hester also connected for two as Trinity managed to whittle the lead from 12 down to six with one quarter remaining.
Crockett was led in the third by B.J. Anderson with five and Derrick Sherman with three points. Daniels and Dixon divided the other four points and helped keep the Dawgs out front by a score of 50-44.
The Tigers comeback bid hit a snag in the final period of play as they were only able to score six points on two pointers from Franklin, N. Hodge and Rodgers.
The Dawgs, meanwhile, dropped in 15 points to put the game away. Horace pounded inside for six points, while Owens added five and B.J. Anderson dropped in four to help propel Crockett to the 65-50 win.
The Tigers were led in scoring by Raymond Franklin’s game high 22 points. Trevor Barron knocked down 10 for Trinity, Nolan Hodge had seven, Jonathan Hester netted five and both Holden Hodge along with Fred Rodgers added three.
Crockett was led by Allen Horace with 17 points and B.J. Anderson with 15. Alton Owens went for eight and Xavion Dixon had six. Harvey Stewart powered his way to five while Lucky Daniels and Derrick Sherman both netted four as three Bulldogs – Tyrese Anderson, Drew Corry and Marcus Smith – all chipped in two to account for the Crockett point production.
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