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’Dawgs fall at SDHS
Blevins takes blame; boys rebound at Sevier


With the score tied at 56 and under a half a minute left in the game at South-Doyle Friday, Bearden dumped it down to Jeremy Holliday, who had sat out most of the game in foul trouble.

Holliday’s shot rolled off the rim and was rebounded by the Cherokees. An outlet pass gave the ball to the man with the hot hand, South Doyle’s Tate Burroughs, who had just tied the game at 56 with a two moments before. Burroughs drove the lane, pulled up and his shot rolled in as the clock ran out. For South Doyle the 58-56 win was oh so sweet, being the first time in 10 years that the Cherokees have beaten the Bulldogs.

“We panicked, rushed it, and threw the ball inside far, far too early,” Bearden head coach Mark Blevins said. “And then we gave them the chip shot to win the game. We just played in a panic situation, looks like to me the whole second half.”

Bouncing back Monday night at Sevier County with a 61-45 victory, Bearden is 9-2 overall and 3-2 in District 4-AAA.

Dickenson’s 16 points, including a tray of three-point baskets, led the way Monday followed by Holliday with 14 and Michael Scruggs with 12.

SOUTH-DOYLE 58 BHS 56

Dickenson opened up the game with Bearden’s first five points. The Bulldogs closed out the first period with a 13-4 run with their best player, Holliday, on the bench with two early fouls. After one Bearden had the lead 18-10.

Probably the biggest stat that will stick out for the Bulldogs is Holliday’s lack of offensive production. With his foul problems, Holliday was held to four points by game’s end. The 6-foot-6 senior post has been Bearden’s leading scorer to date this year.

But Bearden continued its hot shooting and extended its lead to 23-13, causing the Cherokees to call a time-out. Something must have worked in the time-out for South Doyle, as the Cherokees went on an 11-2 run to cut the Bulldogs lead to 28-24.

Thomas Wiley, who was playing for Holliday, put in the final four points of the quarter. Bearden went in at half with a 33-26 lead.

South Doyle started its comeback in the third by outscoring Bearden 16-9 in the quarter. A 9-0 run gave the Cherokees their first lead of the game, 37-35, at the 4:58 mark in the third. The teams finished the third by trading baskets, and at the end of the quarter the score was tied 42-42.

Bearden took a six-point lead with 2:08 left in the game thanks to two back-door cuts for easy lay-ups by B.J. Ware and Dickenson. The Cherokees came storming back, scoring the next five points and cutting the lead to one with 1:08 left before Burroughs’ last-second heroics.

After the loss, Blevins said coaching was to blame. “I’ve got to start coaching every single possession,” Blevins said. “We need a lot stronger coaching.”

Dickenson lead Bearden with 14 points, with Ware and Wiley both dropping in 10 apiece. For his play off the bench Friday and in Bearden’s 62-55 win over Heritage Dec. 9 at BHS, Blevins named Wiley as TnBank’s Player of the Week.

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