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Arby's Classic roundup: Indians withstand late Hurricanes charge

Tanner Cook and Johnny Wilson • Updated Dec 29, 2018 at 11:34 PM

BRISTOL—With brothers Makale and Malik spectating behind the basket in the bleachers, four last-minute free throws from senior point guard Marae Foreman lifted Dobyns-Bennett over Morristown East 68-64 Saturday morning in an Arby’s Classic elimination basketball game.

The Indians advance to the sixth-place contest on Monday to face the Gate City Blue Devils. This will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2012.

“That’s a sign of a good team ... the ability to close out the game,” Tribe head coach Chris Poore said. “In games where you’re not really clicking offensively and things don’t look really pretty, you have to have a little bit of grit.”

Charlie Browder led the Indians with 16 points and Foreman ended the contest with 11.

The Indians were up by 10 points with less than 1 ½ minutes to go in the game, but the Hurricanes made one final push and tied the game at 62.

In the end, the Hurricanes could not get a steal on the inbounds pass when they needed it — thanks to the outstanding ball-handling ability of Foreman.

“I practice those types of things, like free throws, every day,” Foreman said. “I knew I had to go down there and put the game away. I like to calm down, get in a rhythm and just shoot the ball — let it go through your hands.”

Rymer led Morristown East with 20 points while Jordan had 19. Ilic netted 17 for the Hurricanes as well.

Carmel Christian (N.C.) 67, Buford (Ga.) 62

The team with the lofty national ranking will play for the 36th annual Arby's Classic title on New Year's Eve.

Carmel Christian School (N.C.), which remained unbeaten (20-0), earned its championship berth with a hard-fought verdict over Buford (Ga.) in Saturday night's semifinal round.

The Cougars will meet Knox Bearden, a 69-61 winner over Wenonah, Monday night at 6:30 to determine the tourney champ.

Myles Pierre, a 6-foot-3 guard headed to Houston Baptist, finished with a team-high 20 points for Carmel Christian. DeAngelo Epps, a 6-5 forward committed to the College of Charleston, added 16 for the Cougars, while 6-5 Liberty University commit Marten Maide kicked in 10.

The Wolves (10-1) were paced by the 22-point game of the supremely gifted Marcus Watson, who will play at Oklahoma State. Eric Coleman, a 6-6 forward who's headed to High Point, contributed 13 points for Buford.

Buford plays in Monday's consolation game against Wenonah at 5 o'clock.

Knox Bearden 69, Wenonah (Ala.) 61

Knox Bearden overcame a sluggish first quarter and owned the second half in its win over Wenonah.

Down 23-14 after eight minutes, the Bulldogs (11-3) got back to within 32-31 by halftime before assuming control over the final two quarters.

Bearden took its first lead 46-44 with 41.5 second left in the third quarter, when Trent Stephany hit four straight free throws after getting hacked on a drive to the hoop — a play that provoked Wenonah to commit a technical foul in protest.

The Bulldogs would methodically gain command and ease away from there.

Ques Glover scored 25 points to pace Bearden. Stephney contributed 18 points to the winning cause, while teammate Roman Robinson added 10.

The Dragons (17-3) of Birmingham placed four players in double figures, led by the 16-point game of Cameron Tucker.

Bearden won despite being outrebounded, 40-24.

Cardinal Newman (S.C.) 60, Trinity (Ky.) 58

BRISTOL— The Trinity (Ky.) boys basketball team came into the 36th Arby’s Classic with an outlook set on claiming the title for the second time in three years.

With that possibility having already fallen to the wayside, Trinity’s tournament run came to an end with a 60-58 loss to Cardinal Newman (S.C.) in a fifth-place semifinal Saturday afternoon at Viking Hall.

Led by Louisville commit and 6-foot-5 senior guard David Johnson, the Shamrocks had all the right pieces to make the run again. However, an injury to Johnson in the “King of the Bluegrass” tournament proved to be an enormous loss for the ’Rocks.

Trinity was down two points when Kolton Rice hit a 3-point shot from the corner at the buzzer. After initially calling the field goal good, there was a huddle amongst the referees and the basket was waved off.

According to the video posted on Twitter, the shot get out of Rice’s hands barely after the buzzer had sounded.

The Cardinals survived the late scare from the 2016 Arby’s champions and needed all of Chico Carter Jr.’s 20 points to do it. They also got 15 from Josh Beadle.

Stan Turnier poured in a game-high 24 points for Trinity — including six 3-pointers —- but it was not enough as the Shamrocks were eliminated. Teammate Ethan Hodge contributed 11 points.

Cardinal Newman will move into the fifth-place game on Monday at 2:30 p.m. against Mount Bethel (Ga.).

Mount Bethel (Ga.) 59, Orem (Utah) 54

Orem shot 13 for 27 from beyond the 3-point arc, but it was not enough as the Golden Tigers coughed up a 11-point lead late in the penultimate quarter and were eliminated.

Trailing 41-30 late in the third, Mount Bethel went on a huge run behind the high-flying ability of Jordan Meka. The 6-foot-8 big man had eight points during that run that included three emphatic slam dunks.

He finished with a game-high 22 points. Jayce Harrison and Stanley Eze netted 17 and 12 respectively for the Eagles.

Orem shot just two free throws the whole contest and were outrebounded 35-26 and 13-4 on the offensive boards.

The Golden Tigers got 21 points from Taft Mitchell and 15 from Shem Johnson. Each player hit five 3-pointers.

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