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BHS boys shocked again
’Dawgs blow another big lead, this time versus Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett in 77-67 OT setback


JOHNSON CITY — For the second week in row, the Bearden Bulldogs were unable to hold onto a big lead.

The Bulldogs won its first two games of the week, but couldn’t hold a big lead late in the third quarter against Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett in the Roundball at the Hall Invitational.

The Indians defeated BHS 77-67 in overtime Saturday, Dec. 18, at Freedom Hall in Johnson City.

Last week against South-Doyle, the Bulldogs were up by 21 late in the third and were unable to fend off the persistent Cherokees Friday, Dec. 10.

A 17-point cushion late in the third quarter couldn’t hold the Indians down as the scoring duo of Lamon Williams and Ryan Blackwell was too much for the Bulldogs to handle. Williams scored 29 of his 36 points in the second half and Blackwell added 19 as the post play domination of Dobyns Bennett buried the Bulldogs.

Outscored 33-1 by the Indians post players in the second half, the Bulldogs were forced to rely on their outside game as their only source of offense. “Their post guys dominated inside,” BHS head coach Mark Blevins said. “Down the stretch our post guys couldn’t get a shot off.”

BHS senior guard Paul Dickenson led the Bulldogs with 24 points while Rande Sibley notched 14 and Tony White scored 13.

The Bulldogs record drops to 9-4 entering this week’s action.

As the Bulldogs watched its lead gradually diminish in the fourth quarter as a result of a season-high 20 turnovers, Dobyns Bennett forced overtime, where BHS was outscored 13-3.

“The kids were extremely nervous, everybody except for Dickenson,” Blevins said. “Unless we hit a three we did not score. We didn’t get any fast breaks in the second half, missed easy shots early because of nerves; Paul steadied us and kept us in the game.

“I just don’t like to lose, two games where we have had big leads and we coughed them up,” Blevins added. “Really there is no excuse for it whatsoever.”

BHS 79 COCKE COUNTY 49

Sibley scored 26 points, including five three-pointers, as the Bulldogs cruised past the Fighting Cocks 79-49 on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at BHS.

In a game that was all BHS from the start — they ended the first quarter with a 20-6 lead — the Bulldogs never looked back. “We played outstanding defensively,” Blevins said. “I thought this was the best we played all year, this was by far the best defense we played and hopefully we will grow and learn and continue this.”

Dickenson scored 16 for BHS and White added 11.

“We knew Cocke County wasn’t going to be a bad team and they were going to be pretty decent. We wanted to come out here and get a win and that’s what we did,” Sibley said. “I think we played one of our best defensive games of the year and we came out and hustled and we came out with the win.”

BHS 67 SEVIER COUNTY 57

Bearden cruised by Sevier County 67-57 on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at BHS. England was the leading scorer with 15, while Sibley added 13 followed by Ware with 12. White tacked on 11 and Dickenson scored 10.

BEARDEN ‘SUPER 16’

The annual Bearden “Super 16” Christmas Tournament (actually 14 girls and boys teams combined this year) begins Monday, Dec. 27 through Wednesday, Dec. 29 at BHS.

The Bearden boys face Pigeon Forge at 7 p.m. Monday. A victory puts them into the semifinals against the Central versus Howard winner at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The championship game is set for 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. All eight boys’ team will play three games (also a loser’s bracket).

 

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