Pahokee rallies but falls short against Okeechobee

The Pahokee Blue Devils boys basketball team lost to the Okeechobee Brahmans 71-64 on Dec. 11 at Pahokee High School.

At 0-6, the Blue Devils have struggled thus far in the season. The most painful loss might have been the Dec. 1 overtime loss to Atlantic Christian 43-42. In that game, after a huge fourth quarter rally of 25 points to tie the game at 37, the Blue Devils fell just short in overtime.

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Pahokee sophomore Kavoski Baldwin races towards the basket against an Okeechobee defender in their game on Dec. 11.

Pahokee coach Gertavian Blake is confident in his young team after the tough loss to Okeechobee.

“They all fought together to come back into that game.” Said Blake, “We’re still a young, new team. So we have to get better, and be able to put it on the line every night. I’m proud of my guys for the effort and fight they showed. This is just the beginning, we’re gonna keep working.”

The Blue Devils were in trouble almost immediately after allowing the Brahmans to put up 29 points in the first quarter while only putting up two themselves. Pahokee had trouble passing the ball and hitting their shots all throughout the first quarter, something Okeechobee took advantage of.

During the second quarter the Blue Devils started to rally back into the game, scoring 24 points while holding the Brahmans to 8. The rally brought life to the hometown crowd that came out to support the Blue Devils.

It was an incredible response by Pahokee, who looked to be on the verge of being blown out by Okeechobee.

The second quarter rally wasn’t enough to push the Blue Devils over the top and give them their first victory of their season, though. Okeechobee was able to maintain it’s lead with the Blue Devils managing only to get to within seven points before the final buzzer.

The loss drops Pahokee to 0-6 on the season while Okeechobee remains perfect at 6-0.

Next, the Blue Devils will face Wellington at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 at Pahokee High School. Then they’ll travel to face rival Glades Central at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 at Glades Central High School.

“Wellington was one of the state champions in our league.” Explained Blake, “They’re gonna bring it. I think Okeechobee prepared us to face a team like Wellington. Then we’ll be on to our hometown favorites, the Muck City battle in Glades Central. That should be a fun game.”

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