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Despite loss at A-E, Bearden rips Sevier

It was Tony White Jr. night at Bearden High School, but it was B.J. Ware and Thomas Wiley that stole the show against Sevier County, Friday, Feb. 3.

The Bulldogs took the game 72-59 to earn its 26th win of the season.

Ware scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the state’s No. 2-ranked Bulldogs in Class AAA to a school best 26-2 overall record and 12-1 in District 4-AAA entering the week. “I played as hard as I could,” Ware said. “I haven’t been rebounding as good in the past few games and I just tried to come out and get my rebounds and do my part.” The senior guard also added six assists and three steals.

Bearden took a 22-6 lead into the second quarter and continued to build on it, creating a 22 point advantage with a 54-32 lead with 4 minutes remaining in the third.

“Sevier County really outplayed us in the second half but we had that big lead and I was just happy that we held on,” BHS head coach Mark Blevins said. “We hit enough shots to win.”

When Bearden’s freshman post Damonte Simpson picked up his second foul 2:29 into the game, Blevins was forced to look elsewhere for an inside presence.

Thomas Wiley answered the call for Bearden by scoring 14 points off the bench. “We played them earlier over there and we didn’t get the win so we really wanted to win down here,” Wiley said. “So I felt that I had to step up because Damonte got in foul trouble.”

White, Bearden’s senior point guard who was honored before the game by BHS head coach Mark Blevins for his accomplishments as a Bearden basketball player — most notably nearing the 1,500 career point mark — finished the game with 16 points.

Others scoring for Bearden were Rande Sibley with 14, Kalin Garner five, and Simpson and Dustin Craig with two apiece.

The win came three days after Bearden suffered its second loss of the season to Austin East, 67-62, Tuesday, Jan. 31 at AEHS.

“We didn’t want to stay down and keep losing games so we had to come back after the loss and try to play harder,” Ware said. “It feels pretty good, I didn’t think we would make history but I guess we are the first team ever [to 26 wins] so it feels pretty good.”


A tenacious Roadrunners defense slowed Bearden all night as BHS dropped its second game of the season.

White led the Bulldogs with 25 points on 9 of 20 shooting and 2 of 8 from 3-point range.


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