Bearcats defeat Niceville Tuesday

Published 7:33 am Friday, December 24, 2010

SENIOR FORWARD Devon Baulkman of the BHS varsity boys basketball team splits the defense on the way to the basket Tuesday night against the Niceville, Fla. High School Eagles.|Joe Crine

The Bainbridge High School Bearcats used a balanced scoring attack to down the Niceville (Fla.) High School Eagles 69-46 at home on Tuesday night.

The win came in the final game of the two-day Georgia- Florida Shootout at the new BHS gymnasim.

In earlier final round Shootout games on Tuesday, the Early County Bobcats edged the Blountstown (Fla.) Tigers 69-67, the Graceville (Fla.) Tigers downed the Miller County Pirates 73-67, and the Cairo Syrupmakers defeated the Malone (Fla.) Tigers 71-64.

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The Bearcats were led Tuesday by Rodney Glenn with 16 points. Ronald Crawford and Trea Kelly added 11 points apiece.

RASHOD KELLY of the BHS’ varsity boys basketball team goes up between two Niceville (Fla.) High School Eagles defenders to release a jump shot during Tuesday night’s game.|Joe Crine

Rounding out the Bearcats’ scoring column Tuesday night were Devon Baulkman with nine, Rashod Kelly, Paul Chukes, Jamar Venisee-Cosby and Rohan Gaines, with four each and Adam Taylor, Dontavius Marshall and B.J. Cheatem with two each.

Game-scoring honors went to Kyle Koszuia of the Eagles with 31 points.

In Monday’s opening round, the Bearcats defeated Graceville 78-43 as Baulkman scored 21 points and Glenn scored 20.

In the Shootout’s lone girls game, the BHS Lady Cats defeated the Early County Lady Bobcats 48-43 behind a game high 18 point performance by Bria Harris.

In other Monday action, Miller County downed Blountstown 76-72, Malone edged Early County 60-59, and Cairo defeated Niceville 65-56.

The Bearcats will return to action next week in the Capitol City Classic at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla. They will play two Tallahassee, Fla., schools. They will play Chiles High School Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Leon High School Thursday at 1 p.m.

With the wins in the Shootout, the Bearcats now have seven wins, just two losses and are ranked by The Albany Herald as the area’s second best team. The Lady Cats are also ranked No. 2 among area teams by The Albany Herald.