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BHS boys grab pair of Hall of Fame wins

Bearden opened up its 2003-04 season in upper East Tennessee, and with a strong defensive effort in both games came away with a pair of quality victories in the Hall of Fame Classic Friday and Saturday.

Behind 34 points from senior standout post Jeremy Holliday, the Bulldogs rallied to beat a Unaka team 80-75 Friday that BHS head coach Mark Blevins praised. The same was true for Volunteer, an 88-79 BHS victim Saturday.

“We played two very good teams,” Blevins said. “One of them we only beat by one this summer, Volunteer. They are both going to make a run for the state tournament, I expect.”

Against Unaka, the Bulldogs found themselves down 43-32 at the half. Bearden tied the contest at the end of three quarters, then outscored the Rangers by five in the fourth.

The Bulldogs were led by Jeremy Holliday’s 34 points, followed by Nathan England with 10. Grant Domsic pulled in a team-high 10 rebounds for Bearden.

“Against Unaka, I thought our defense was definitely our strong point,” Blevins said. “In the second half when we were down 11, we just had to really play strong defensively, and we were able to do that.”

Blevins added that it was good to see his team be able to bounce back from being down.

Bearden carried that defensive intensity over to the second game by defeating the Volunteer Falcons.

Defense helped give the Bulldogs the lead going into the half 48-41.

Bearden was once again led by Holliday, who put up 30 points and tied for the rebounding lead with six. BHS also had three other players reach double figures in the game. Grant Domsic put up 16 points to go with his six rebounds. Tony White finished with 12 points, along with fellow guard Michael Scruggs’ 12.

“Our defense against Volunteer in the first half was key,” Blevins said. “Then we just kind of held on down the stretch to win that one.”

For his 64 total points in the Hall of Fame Classic, Blevins named Jeremy Holliday

TnBank’s Boys Basketball Player of the Week.

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