Shoal River run over Destin Middle

Tina Harbuck

CRESTVIEW – The Shoal River Mustangs jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first half to beat the Destin Marlins 42-26 in boy’s middle school basketball action Thursday night.

Destin struggled on both sides of the ball in their first game back after the Christmas break.

“We were not great on the boards,” said Destin Coach Brent Acker. “We gave up way too many offensive rebounds.”

The Mustangs were getting three and four chances at the goal, making rebound after rebound.

“The downfall is we’re not aggressive. We are very passive right now offensively and defensively. We’re not making people earn their points. We’re not playing with passion,” Acker said.

In the first quarter, Shoal River jumped out to a 14-4 lead with Demarque Goode leading the way with six points. Aiden Garrity and Luke Edelman each scored a basket for Destin.

In the second quarter, Destin scored early with Edelman making a couple of baskets. However, the Mustangs answered with nine straight points. Jason Osborne was the go-to-guy for the Mustangs making eight of the nine points.

The third quarter was the highlight for the Marlins as they put up 11 points to the Mustangs 10. Luke Bilger started the period with a 3-pointer. Down the stretch, Bilger made a couple of quick layups with Mason Brundidge getting an assist. In the final minutes, Destin’s Tobias Thompson scored and Edelman added another basket. Destin still trailed 35-19.

In the fourth quarter, each team put up seven points.

“We did some good things, but we have to improve on both sides of the ball,” Acker said.

Top scorer for Destin was Edelman with 12 points. Bilger added seven.

Scoring in double figures for Shoal River was Osborne with 16 and Goode with 10.

Up next for the Marlins is a 5 p.m. game Tuesday at home against the Bruner Spartans of Fort Walton Beach.