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Balance, strength
’Dawgs enter Friday game at FHS hot with 3-game win streak entering week


A balanced offense and strong defense have the Bearden Bulldogs on a three-game winning streak as they defeated Cocke County 68-61 Thursday, Jan. 13, at CCHS.

“We are starting to get a streak going,” BHS junior guard Tony White said about his team (14-7 overall record, 5-3 in District 4-AAA entering the week). “We want to get a streak going into tournament time and get our juices flowing; we need that experience going into the tournament.”

The usually fast-paced BHS offense was forced to slow their game play down in the second half due to serious foul trouble. Foul trouble and all, the Bulldogs managed to roll over the Fighting Cocks despite a well played game by CCHS.

With a 24-13 lead after one quarter, the Bulldogs saw their lead shrivel away when Cocke County pulled within three at halftime as BHS led 35-32 heading into the break.

A big third quarter propelled the Bulldogs as they took an 11-point lead, 52-41, at the end of the quarter. Free-throws by Paul Dickenson and Tony White sealed the deal for BHS.

Rande Sibley led Bearden scorers with 20, while Nathan England added 16 and White scored 12. Dickenson and B.J. Ware contributed to the win by scoring nine apiece.

England continued his strong play as he was named the Player of the Week once again. He grabbed 8 rebounds and was 7-of-8 from the field and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe, with his only miss coming from three-point range.

Despite a three-game winning streak entering the week, BHS head coach Mark Blevins said his team has a lot of work ahead of it.

“We are just trying to survive in the district and just tying to have a winning season,” Blevins said. “Every game is equally important in the district and we are going to take them one at a time. A lot of our confidence depends on our shooting, if we shoot well, it certainly helps our confidence.”

After hosting Heritage Tuesday, Jan. 18, the Bulldogs travel to archrival Farragut tomorrow night (Friday, Jan. 21), with the boys’ varsity game at approximately 8 p.m. (following the girls varsity).

BHS 64 W. BLOUNT 46

Defense and rebounding were the key factors as BHS rolled past William Blount 64-46 Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Bearden. “Defensively that was one of our better efforts because William Blount just flat out blew us out the first night,” Blevins said. “The first time we played them we gave them so many open looks.”

A balanced offense was led by White with 15 points, followed by Sibley with 13 and Ware with 11. England scored 10 in addition to grabbing 13 boards, recording his second double-double of the season.

Controlling Aaron Eakins was another priority for the Bulldogs entering the game.

They were able to do so thanks mainly to excellent defense by Dickenson, as the senior held Eakins — who is averaging close to 24 points per game — to two-points; a vast improvement from their last meeting when Eakins lit up the Bulldogs with 33 points.

“I think we played good, after experiencing these early losses we wanted to come out here and make a statement,” White said. “It feels good, they embarrassed us the first game and they couldn’t miss a shot and we couldn’t do anything about it so it feels good to get them back them at home.”

 

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