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Fourth-quarter blues again for Bearden in Maryville loss

Bearden’s Michael Scruggs goes up for a lay-up.- Marty McCool/
In a game that was an offensive show from the start, Bearden (19-7 overall entering the week, 8-6 in District 4-AAA) just couldn’t keep up the pace with Maryville (20-4, 11-1). The Bulldogs were outscored in the final quarter 28-14 and lost 76-64.

“Their big players (Tyler Gaskin and Andy Tipton) stepped it up in the fourth quarter,” said Bearden head coach Mark Blevins. “We just weren’t able to hit the shots down the stretch.”

Before the Bulldogs knew it, Maryville’s Tipton sent his team on a 10-0 run by himself.

“Our second bunch did not do as well when we put them in,” the Bulldog coach said of his team allowing the comeback. “That’s when we actually allowed them to come back on us.”

Bearden’s Rande Sibley, who was named TnBank’s Player of the Week by Blevins gave the Bulldogs the lead with 1:50 left in the quarter when he landed his third three. After the first, Bearden lead 22-18.

The Rebels came back, going on a 6-0 run to tie the game 24-24. Another 7-0 run gave Maryville the lead at 34-30 with 2:50 left until halftime. With six seconds left, Bearden guard Tony White drained a three with time running out to cut the MHS lead to 39-38 going into the locker room.

At halftime, Blevins said he knew that slowing the Rebels’ big players would be a key to getting the district victory.

“Tipton had 21 on us (in first half),” Blevins said. “We just weren’t able to defend him in the first half. Gaskin had 10 in the first half as well. We were just going to have to do a much better job on them two.”

The third was much different from the first two quarter in that both defenses started to settle the offenses down. The teams combined to score only 21 points and Bearden held Tipton, who had been scorching them in the first half, scoreless.

At the end of the third Bearden led 50-48.

With the start of the fourth, Maryville found its offensive rhythm again. To make matters worse, Bearden did not. Grant Domsic’s seven points was about the only offense the Bulldogs could muster up.

Tipton had his biggest quarter of the night (12 of his 32 points) when his team needed him the most. Bearden tried to get an advantage by sending the Rebels to the free throw line, but it wouldn’t make a difference.

Once again Blevins said it came down to big players stepping up in big situations.

“Their main players came up and stepped up when they had to,” Blevins said of Maryville. “They made their shots and we missed ours.”

BHS 73 SDHS 58

Bearden helped out its place in the upcoming District 4-AAA Tournament by beating South Doyle 73-58 Feb. 3 at BHS.

It was even more important from a revenge standpoint as South Doyle beat the Bulldogs on a last second shot earlier this season.

BHS standout post Jeremy Holliday had 29 points in what Blevins called his best all-around game of the season.

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