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BHS boys top Powell
Bulldogs reach 90-point plateau behind Dickenson’s 23; Sibley heats up vs. A-E


It was simple. In order to win the Bearden Bulldogs had to score 90 points. That’s exactly what they did when they defeated the Powell Panthers 90-68 Thursday, Feb. 10, at BHS.

“Ask the kids what I told them yesterday the score had to be for us to win,” BHS head coach Mark Blevins said after the game.

“Coach said that if we score in the nineties that we probably would win,” BHS senior guard Paul Dickenson said. “So that’s what we did, we got the ball up and down the floor.” Scoring came easy to the Bulldogs as they connected on 14 3-point baskets while outscoring Powell in every quarter to earn the victory on BHS Senior Night.


“All three of the seniors had outstanding games in their last regular season appearance,” Blevins said. “All three of them have had great careers, they are first class citizens, all good students, never one bit of trouble in school or on the team. They don’t miss practice and are always on time. They do everything that you ask of them. We have been very fortunate to have all three of our seniors.”

Dickenson celebrated the night in a big way by scoring a game high 23 points. “It was a great four years, I learned a lot from coach Blevins, and I learned a lot in the situations I’ve been in,” he said. “So it has been a great four years.”

The other two seniors, Nathan England and Josh Mathys, scored nine and five points respectively. Both have played critical roles for BHS this year.

Mostly reserves in past years, England and Mathys have finally been given the chance to step up. “I haven’t really gotten to play a lot in the past three years, but that was fine with me. I stuck with it and played hard and now I’m starting so I think I have had a great career,” England said.

The story isn’t much different for Mathys.

“It’s been a great experience, I haven’t played much throughout the four years, but I’ve stuck with it. I’m not a quitter so I never saw any point in quitting,” he said. “I’ve always given my heart to Bearden basketball and all other Bearden sports and it has been and honor to play for coach Blevins and the Bearden varsity basketball team.”

Rande Sibley scored 18 for Bearden, Tony White had 15, Katlin Garner eight, Andy Fennell five, B.J. Ware three and Webb and Hollins two each.

“Our first goal was to try to have a winning season and second goal was try to get second and now we are looking for twenty (wins),” Blevins said.

Bearden had a 19-10 overall record entering the final week of the regular season while finishing 9-5 in District 4-AAA.

As No. 2 seed in next week’s District 4-AAA tournament at Heritage (Feb. 19-25), BHS gets a bye into the 4-AAA semifinals Tuesday, Feb. 22, where it will play either South-Doyle, Heritage or Sevier County.

AUSTIN-EAST 73 BHS 65

Bearden was unable to slow down the speedy Austin-East Roadrunners as A-E went on to win 73-65 Tuesday, Feb. 8. at BHS.

Sibley scored a game-high 28 points, White added 14, England and Garner each had eight, Dickenson four and Mathys three

 

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