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Dogs hold off pesky Knights in 6-AAA opener
CAMDENS JOSH COUNCIL gets inside of Crestwoods Garian Williams for two of his 15 points in action from the Dogs 56-48 win.
Camden, S.C.) sports editorBall security or, the lack thereof, came back to haunt Camden in last Wednesday’s 71-70 loss at Newberry.In Friday’s Region 6-AAA opener, the Bulldogs held onto the basketball and held off a late-game surge from visiting Crestwood thanks to clutch free throw shooting which led the hosts to a 56-48 win over the improved Knights.The 48 points which Crestwood scored in a losing effort more than doubled their output from the last time they came into the Dog Pound and left with a 34-20 loss to Ron McKie’s troops. On this night, Crestwood nearly scored that many points in a 17-point fourth quarter in which the guests used a 9-0 run to trim the deficit to 46-42 with less than two and a half minutes to play.Down the stretch, Camden used just one basket --- from center Delton Bradford --- while clicking on eight of its final 12 free throw chances to seal the deal. A lone turnover in the final 70 seconds, on a forced inside pass, was the only blip in the Dogs’ putting this one away.“We lost a close game at Newberry the other night and, hopefully, we learned from it,” McKie said.