Davidson Panthers whip Destin Marlins

Tina Harbuck

A failure to finish proved costly for the Destin Marlins as they lost 42-30 to the visiting Davidson Panthers of Crestview in boy’s middle school basketball action Tuesday evening.

“The difference was just mistakes … so many mistakes,” said Destin Coach Brent Acker as he walked off the court Tuesday evening.

“Things we practice on every day in practice and then we get out here and can’t do it.

“We missed a lot of layups … we just can’t finish,” Acker said.

“We’ve got to find some guys that are going to be aggressive and attack the goal. We’ve got to get away from the simple mistakes and stop hurting ourselves.”

In the first quarter, the Marlins hung with the Panthers the first quarter and trailed by only two points at the buzzer.

In the second period, Davidson began to pull away with a nine-point run about midway through. Destin closed it down in the last couple of minutes with Tobias Thompson hitting an inside shot followed by a bucket from Luke Edelman. With two seconds left in the first half, Mason Brundidge hit two free throws and Destin trailed 19-13 at the half.

At the start of the third, Davidson’s Obian Hawkins, Sean Kimbrough and Jerome Brazan hit consecutive baskets to stretch the lead to 25-13. Edelman scored on a jumper for the Marlins, and then Kimbrough scored for the Panthers. Aiden Garrity hit a layup for the Marlins and a 27-17 mark at the buzzer.

In the fourth quarter, Destin had their best effort but still came up short. Edelman fought his way inside for three baskets and Thompson put up two buckets. The Marlins made many more shots, but they just wouldn’t fall.

For the game, Edelman led Destin with 13 points. Thompson scored six and Brundidge five.

Scoring in double-digits for Davidson was Hawkins with 16 points and Kimbrough with 14.

Up next for Destin is a 5 p.m. game Monday at Bruner Middle School in Fort Walton Beach.