Rashard Baker’s last-second 3-point attempt rattled off the back iron and Oceanside Collegiate grabbed the loose ball to finish off a hard-fought 55-51 win at Battery Creek on Friday, handing the Dolphins their first loss of the season.
“We take any loss tough,” Creek coach CJ Brown said. “For us as a program, we were on a great run but I think great teams need that learning experience.”
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Three Dolphins posted double-digit efforts in the loss, as Jaeon Allen put up a team-high 20 points, followed by David Smith with 12 and Jordon Rivers with 10. Baker had a phenomenal night at the point, kicking out seven assists along with five points.
The Dolphins started off hot from the field, as both Allen and Smith were in double figures before the end of the first quarter.
Battery Creek kept the pressure up throughout the game pushing their lead to double digits late into the third period. But the loss of senior forward Justin Smalls significantly hindered Creek’s ability to get to the offensive glass and produce second-chance buckets. Oceanside outrebounded the Dolphins 40-22.
“It’s a great thing going into our next game and the next time we see them. This is the only thing we need to watch to finish region play,” said Brown. “I think losing by four isn’t a bad thing, it just shows that we belong on the court with those types of teams.”
— Brackin Lambert, BCHS Athletics