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Behind Rosson, ’Dawgs go 2-2 at Greene tourney

After starting the season with four straight wins, the Bearden Bulldogs basketball team’s streak ended with two losses in the Land-Air Tournament in Greeneville.

The Bulldogs (4-2 overall record entering the week) opened up play in the annual tournament Monday, Nov. 20, with a 65-37 win over Morristown East.

Senior Hunt Rosson led Bearden with 14 points while Gabriel Campbell had 12 and Dustin Craig chipped in 11. Others scoring for Bearden were Demonte Simpson and Blake Jenkins with eight each, Andy Fennell six, Benji Ware three, Matt Ternes two and DeShawn Oravetz one.

On Wednesday, Nov. 22, Bearden picked up where they left off by beating a talented Red Bank team, 85-59.

Rosson led Bearden’s offense again by scoring 18. Fennell had 15 and Craig scored 12. Simpson and Campbell had eight each while Jenkins and Marcus Webb scored seven apiece. Terry Johnson had four and Oravetz, Ware and Ternes each had two.

Play resumed Friday, Nov. 24, and the Bulldogs lost to Greenville 58-48.

Simpson led Bearden with 18 points. Others scoring for Bearden were Rosson with seven, Fennell and Webb six, Ternes four, Campbell three, Oravetz and Craig two.

Bearden took on Shelbyville Saturday, Nov. 25, and lost 38-37.

Campbell and Simpson led the Bulldogs with seven apiece. Webb and Craig had five each while Rosson and Oravetz each scored four. Benji Ware had three and Ternes rounded out the scoring with two.

“Up to Red Bank, all four of our first games defensively I thought we played really well,” BHS head coach Mark Blevins said. “Against Greeneville and Shelbyville we lacked the intensity level. We didn’t have any offense at all, and with a young team you are going to play that way sometimes.”

With the inexperience and numerous injuries during the first few weeks of the season, Blevins is pleased with where his team is at right now and with time thinks things will only get brighter for this team.

“We could be two-and-four or three-and-three, so you’ve got to be happy at four-and-two,” Blevins said. “We’ve just got to play more consistent and hopefully with time it will happen.”


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