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GEORGIA-FLORIDA SHOOTOUT: Bainbridge finishes home tourney 2-0

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

BAINBRIDGE - Georgia 6, Florida 2.

The Georgia-Florida Shootout ended with a pretty nice final tally for home-state fans.

But it was an even better one for hometown fans, as the Bainbridge boys basketball team dominated with two wins, the last of which was a 69-46 victory against Niceville (6-6) in the last game of the tournament Tuesday night.

"I was hoping (Georgia) would get the sweep, but we didn't," said Bearcats head coach Rickey McCullough, whose team improved to 7-2. "There are a lot of athletes up here. Hopefully we'll grow next year when we try to do it again."

Despite winning by 33, Herald No. 2 Bainbridge's offense didn't start off so hot. Herald Super 6er Devon Baulkmon, who scored 22 points Monday in a 78-43 win against Graceville, missed seven of his first eight shots.

Lucky for him, he had teammate Trea Kelly, who had a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) at halftime and finished the scoring for the second frame with a monstrous, two-handed putback dunk during which his head appeared to be above the rim.

Needless to say, it excited a crowd hungry for offense and gave his team a 27-13 halftime lead.

"I thought Trea had a good game, and our defense was really good," McCullough said. "We held them to 13 points in the first half. They run some good sets, and I think our athleticism and depth wore on them."

The Bearcats went to cruise control mode from there, as Rodney Glenn -- who missed only two of his 19 shots in the tournament - finished with 16 points and 11 total Bainbridge players scored.

"Everybody has to step up every night. Every offense has a bad game," said Baulkmon, who finished with an uncharacteristic nine points. "I just have to redeem myself and go hard in practice and come out strong in the next game."

Kyle Koszuta paced the Eagles offense with 31 points, while Kelly finished with 12 points and 15 rebounds for Bainbridge, which will play in the Capital City Classic at FAMU on Dec. 29 and 30.

"We're going to get better," Baulkmon said. "We need some more games so we can get our chemistry up, like I've said (before). Everything will get right."