Dixon shines for Mosley, Walker takes over for Holmes County win


Chris Walker led Holmes County to a victory over Mosley.

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Published: Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 05:51 PM.

LYNN HAVEN — Nat Dixon stole the show. Holmes County stole the victory.

Dixon powered Mosley with a game-high 38 points, but Holmes County phenom Chris Walker was the difference down the stretch as the Blue Devils rallied for a 77-70 win in a matinee boys basketball game at the Jim Redfern Gymnasium on Friday.

Walker, who has committed to the University of Florida and is rated consistently as one of the dozen best basketball prospects in America, scored 11 of his 15 points in the game’s final 3 minutes to cap his team’s comeback from a double-digit deficit to start the fourth quarter. The Blue Devils (13-8) outscored Mosley 31-12 in the final quarter.

“When we got back in the game, we didn’t need to shoot any more threes,” Holmes County coach Po White said. “We could go back inside to our big guy (Walker). He helped us take the lead.”

Mosley (7-17) led 58-46 after three quarters, but a 17-2 run by the Blue Devils obliterated that margin and resulted in a 61-60 lead on Walker’s baseline drive and layin with 3 minutes remaining. Dixon later fired in a 3-pointer to give the Dolphins a 65-63 edge with 2:23 left, but that was the last time Mosley enjoyed the lead. Walker’s steal and ensuing dunk put Holmes County on top 66-65 with 2 minutes remaining, and he added another dunk following a Mosley turnover for a 68-65 advantage 13 seconds later.

Dixon gave the Dolphins hope with a 3-pointer to trim his team’s deficit to 72-70 with 36 seconds left, but Walker, Ty Russ and Jacky Miles Jr. combined to make five of six free throws in the final half-minute to seal the win. Walker also swatted away two shots in the final 40 seconds, finishing with seven blocks in all.

White said Walker just learned he has been invited to the McDonald’s All-American Game, where he will compete against the nation’s premier players at the United Center in Chicago on April 3. Although he went scoreless in the second and third quarters against Mosley, the length, talent and explosiveness all were apparent throughout the contest.

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