Destin pulls off win over Pirates

Tina Harbuck

It was payback time on hardwood this week for the Destin Marlins.

After losing 44-27 to the Pryor Pirates earlier in the season, Destin turned the tables on the Pirates and handed them a 45-41 loss in middle school boy’s basketball action in Fort Walton Beach.

“I thought we played well … our shots just weren’t dropping,” said Destin Coach Bob Davies about that first meeting.

However, on Tuesday it was a different story.

“Our ball movement was so much better tonight. That’s why we got so many good layups and shots under the basket,” Davies said.

Coach had high praise for Allen Collins.

“My boy AC just came through tonight,” Davies said.

Davies said he rode Collins on the bench for passing up open shots, but then he came out and got the job done.

“He went out there and played even better … he’s a mentally tough kid," Davies said. “But everybody played hard and smart.”

Destin jumped out to a 9-4 lead in the first five minutes of play with Daniil Baturyn and Tabious Thompson scoring those inside shots. Pryor closed it down with a steal and a layup from Chris Jackson. Destin answered with Thompson hitting an inside shot. In the last minute, Pryor’s Ki-el Webb made two quick steals for layups. Destin led 11-10 at the buzzer.

To start the second quarter, Baturyn hit a long shot for the Marlins, but then Pryor’s Jayce Brown finally got a 3-pointer to fall to tie the game at 13-13. At that point, Destin went on a 10-point scoring spree. Asa Newell got things rolling with an inside shot, followed by a bucket from Thompson. Allen put a rebound back for two points, and Baturyn got an assist from Maddax Fayard on a layup. Baturyn finished the run with a steal and a layup for a 23-13 advantage. In the last 30 seconds, Brown nailed his second 3-pointer and later picked up a foul for a point from the line. Destin led 23-17 at the break.

In the third quarter, Destin made another little run on the Pirates. Collins hit back-to-back baskets and Thompson followed up with an inside shot for a 29-19 game. Late in the period, Pryor had a little run of its own. Jackson scored and then Webb drove the paint for a couple of back-to-back baskets. At the buzzer, Destin was still on top 37-32.

In the fourth, Pryor came within two points of catching Destin with less than 20 seconds to go. But with 5 seconds left on the clock, Fayard was fouled and hit both shots from the line for a 45-41 win.

Tops for Destin were Thompson with 16 points and Allen with 10. Baturyn scored nine.

Webb led Pryor with 11 points. Brown scored 10 and Jackson, eight.

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