Suwannee had an upset on its mind Saturday when district leader Ridgeview came to town. The Bulldogs got off to a great start, leading 17-10 after the first period. Jay Chambers hit two nice three point shots against Ridgeview's zone and Marcus Walker had seven in the first period. Ryan Hight came through in the second quarter with seven, including a three pointer, and Frank Snead also hit a three.

"It's pretty obvious that Ridgeview's coaching staff questioned our shooting ability," Suwannee coach Martello quipped. "I felt like we had a very good few days of practice, especially shooting the ball, and I'm glad our shooters took advantage of the defense they chose to play."

Jay Chambers ended the game with four three-pointers for 12 points, Hight made two threes and Snead added one.

"Zones are good against poor shooting teams, especially if they have good post players," said Martello. "When you can shoot the ball well, it really puts teams off balance. With a guy like Shawn [Jackson], we will have to shoot the ball well consistently for a chance at a district title. When Shawn's playing well, teams will have to focus their attention on defending him and our shooters will have to be able to take advantage at that point."

The Bulldogs led by nine at halftime and by seven at the end of the third and it was looking good for the home team at that point. Evan Reece stepped up his game at this point for the visiting Panthers at this point, however, hitting 15 points in the fourth quarter on his way to a game-high 33.

The Bulldogs again had balanced scoring in the loss. Jackson ended the game with a team high 15, Chambers hit for 12, Hight 11, Marcus Walker nine, Snead seven, Sharrod Lee four and Kwone Mathews and Alex Fountain each added a bucket.

The Dogs were leading by two and had the ball with under 10 seconds left, but an errant pass led to a score by Ridgeview, sending the game into overtime. Reece again put the district leader ahead and Ridgeview hit their free throws down the stretch for the four point win, 62-66.

"Hopefully, we'll continue to improve," said Martello. "If we can peak at the right time, a district title is within our grasp."

The JV also lost to Ridgeview 49-33. The highlight for the JV Bulldogs was the fact that eight players put points on the board. Antonio Fields finished with eight points in his debut on the JV squad. Lawrence Whitmore had seven, Josh Martin five, Nick Carwise four and Sam Cherry three, with James Reed, Vernon Hampton and Dee Hall adding two each.

The boys’ varsity team faces seven games on the road during the next three weeks. The season will end in a flurry at home, however, as the last five regular season games will be played in the Dog House between Friday, Jan. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 3.

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