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Updated: 12/14/2017 08:30:01AM

Familiar face beats Bulldogs, Port Charlotte rolls 70-37

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DeSoto County's Arnold “Bubba” Mele fires a 3-pointer in the loss to Port Charlotte. He hit three treys and led the team in scoring with 12 points.

ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP

Bulldogs' Semaj Elrod and Nate Maybell go up for a rebound in the loss to Port Charlotte.

By STEVE KNAPP

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Port Charlotte basketball coach Kip Rhoten brought his team to Arcadia to play a non-district basketball game with the Bulldogs. Before he could get his team ready, however, he had to get past dozens of well-wishers, along with family and friends. Rhoten started his coaching career at DeSoto County and had many friends who wanted to say hello.

Once all of the greetings were made, his team got down to business and rolled over the Bulldogs, 70-37. The Pirates are the four-time defending district champion in class 7A, while DeSoto County is a 5A school.

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