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BHS boys win pair of nail-biters

The Bearden Bulldogs improved its record to 19-1 after beating the Webb Spartans 48-46 Friday, Jan. 6, at BHS.

For the second time in the week, the Bulldogs won a game decided by two points. After beating West 62-60 earlier in the week with a 42-point performance by senior point guard Tony White Jr., Bearden outlasted a pesky Spartans team behind White’s 24.

“You have got to take the ‘W’ any way you can,” BHS head coach Mark Blevins said. “Webb played outstanding basketball and really controlled the tempo both offensively and defensively tonight, and hats really go off to them because they played exceptional.”

With 1:20 remaining in the game and the score tied at 46, Bearden’s B.J. Ware stole the ball and took it the distance for the lay-up, giving the Bulldogs the lead on what proved to be the game-winning shot. “He was holding it out all game and I had to get it,” Ware said about the steal.

White had a chance to seal the Bearden win at the foul line but missed the front end of a one-and-one with eight second left, giving Webb one last chance. But the shot by Spartans senior J.T. Blair bounced off the rim.

“It was a tough game, we had to play real hard, they fought hard ’till the end,” BHS senior guard Kalin Garner said. “Coach warned us they were going to come in with a lot of intensity so we had to match that or play higher.”

Blevins was pleased with the defensive effort shown by his team, especially Ware. “B.J. Ware played exceptional basketball all week, he held his man to four tonight and he held [West’s Steven] Pearl to six points,” the coach said. “B.J. did an exceptional job with two really good players because he has got the toughest assignment each game, and I can’t say enough good things about B.J. because if he doesn’t do his job then we have no chance.”

With the season at its midpoint, Blevins is hoping for improved play from his post players. “Thomas Wiley had a good game tonight we need for him to pick up his game,” the coach said. “We are hoping by mid January.”

The need for improved post play has been made more necessary because of a nagging lower back injury to freshman Blake Jenkins. “I think that, of course, Blake’s out and that takes a dimension out and that has to pick up,” Blevins said. Others scoring for Bearden were Ware with 13, Rande Sibley five, Damonte Simpson four and Hunt Rosson two.

BHS 62 WEST 60

Other Bearden scorers in its 62-60 victory versus West, Wednesday, Jan. 4 at BHS, were Sibley with nine, Ware five and Andrew Smith, Simpson and Garner two each.


The Bulldogs led 34-15 at halftime and defeated Cocke County easily 65-42 Monday, Jan. 2, at CCHS.

Jenkins led BHS with 12 points while Sibley and Garner had 11 each, White seven, Rosson six, Smith five, Wiley and Ware four each and Simpson two points.


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