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Halls power too much for BHS despite sharp guard play

Despite outstanding guard play, District 4-AAA Tournament champ Bearden was a first-round upset victim against Halls during the Region 2-AAA tourney March 2 at South-Doyle High.

Post play was the biggest factor.

“They had forty-one points in the paint and we had thirteen, I thought that was the biggest thing,” said BHS head coach Mark Blevins of the Red Devils’ 78-75 overtime victory, only their 10th of the season (10-19 final record).

“Of course, Tyler Jones had 29,” Blevins added about Halls’ biggest weapon. “We just couldn’t control him. He did such an outstanding job. Jones did a really nice job in the second half (24 points after the break).

“They just beat us to death inside, which was very disappointing.”

In addition to Jones, Halls husky wing Luke Tripp scored all nine of the Red Devils’ overtime points.

“He kind of beat us singlehandedly,” Blevins said of Tripp.

“It just wasn’t meant to be,” the BHS skipper added, as the Bulldogs end the season with a 26-8 record. “Offensively we did everything correctly. Some nights the pieces just fall against you.”


Bulldog senior guard Michael Scruggs literally saved the best for last in what turned out to be his last BHS game.

“For us, Michael Scruggs played the best game of his career, it was a tremendous way for him personally to end his career,” Blevins said of Scruggs’ team-leading 26 points that included a perfect 6-of-6 at the free throw line. “He also had a solid defensive game.”

Sophomore guard Rande Sibley “had his best game of the season” according to Blevins, scoring 21, 18 of those on six three-point baskets.

As for B.J. Ware, a sophomore reserve guard, “I thought he had a really good game, too, offensively and defensively,” Blevins said. Ware ended with nine points.

Bulldog senior post Jeremy Holliday scored 13, while senior guard Mario McClunie added four.

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