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Updated: 12/21/2017 08:30:01AM

No birthday win for Nicklow, roster changes in store

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Arnold Mele fires off another trey in the loss to Avon Park. DeSoto's record for threes in a game is eight by current coach Darrell Nicklow (background).

ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP

Fred Fields takes it to the hoop with this lay-up early in the game against Avon Park.

By STEVE KNAPP

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DeSoto County High basketball coach Darrell Nicklow was celebrating his 45th birthday on the same day his Bulldogs were hosting Avon Park. There was a small cake and a balloon to mark the occasion—but Nicklow would have preferred a much needed win for his team.

Nicklow didn’t get it, as his Bulldogs lost a low-scoring game, 47-39. It was the third straight loss for the Bulldogs. They have been playing bigger schools such as Charlotte and Port Charlotte, which helps develop the players. Progress showed, as they hung tough with the Red Devils most of the way.

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