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Dobyns-Bennett hunkers down on Boone

Tanner Cook • Jan 8, 2019 at 10:32 PM

GRAY — Dobyns-Bennett rolled to another Big Seven Conference basketball win on Tuesday night, downing Daniel Boone 73-51 with a balanced attack on offense.

Charlie Browder led the way for the Indians — who have now won five straight games — with 15 points. He did the bulk of his damage before halftime, scoring 11.

Marae Foreman and Jared Strickland finished with 12 and 11, respectively, for D-B.

“I think that when we’re balanced is when we’re at our best,” Tribe head coach Chris Poore said. “We’ve got a lot of guys that can put the ball in the hole and score from different positions. I thought our guys did an extremely good job of finding Charlie early.”

Daniel Boone was led by recent Crockett transfer Jared Adkins with 16 points. Chad Heglar finished with three points. This was the fourth time this season that one of Northeast Tennessee’s most explosive scorers has been held under four points.

The Indians grabbed a 5-3 lead at the beginning of the game and never looked back. The ’Blazers were held to seven points in the second quarter and trailed 40-23 at the break with Heglar collecting only one bucket in the game.

D-B stretched the lead out to as much as 24 points in the second half and its defense was suffocating Boone every time down the floor.

“I think we’re making strides to becoming really good by giving up a little bit of ourselves to make our team better,” Poore said. “I see it in several of our guys, giving up opportunities to make the right basketball play. When your team starts sharing like that, you’re really hard to beat.”

The Tribe will be on the road on Friday against Tennessee High while Boone travel to Volunteer.

Girls

Dobyns-Bennett 62, Daniel Boone 42

Tribe senior standout Courtney Whitson poured in 34 points in a key conference road win over the Lady Trailblazers.

Dobyns-Bennett slowed down Daniel Boone’s perimeter game as the ’Blazers hit just three shots from beyond the arc. Jaycie Jenkins led the way for Boone with 18 points, but Bayleigh Carmichel was held to seven points and made just one outside shot.

The 2-3 zone defense gave the Lady Indians trouble in the beginning, but as the game went along, the zone began to loosen up and the Lady Indians got some open shots.

Whitson made five 3-pointers as she was the only member of the Tribe to finish in double figures. Ta-Tionna White did have a solid game as the other option in the post, finishing with eight.

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