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’Dawgs dump Sevier County, LCHS before falling to Fulton

It’s hard to win when you turn the ball over, just ask Bearden head coach Mark Blevins.

Behind a 29 turnover night BHS lost to Fulton 67-57 Saturday, Dec. 16, in the Holiday Classic at Fulton High School.

The Bulldogs (10-4 overall record entering the week) found themselves in trouble early after committing 10 first quarter turnovers.

The Falcons (9-0) took a 17-7 lead after one quarter of play and never slowed down. Behind sharpshooter James Gallman’s 29 points the Bulldogs could do little to slow the potent offensive play of Fulton.

“He played really well tonight,” Blevins said of the Fulton star. “He really shot the three well. They have got an excellent team and they are going to go a long way this year, but Gallman is a really nice player and we know that.

“But they have a ton of good players.”

Fulton’s lead grew to 19 with just over two minutes remaining in the second quarter but a 7-0 Bulldogs run to close the half made the score 32-20 at halftime.

“We kind of slowed them down a little bit but they shot the ball so well in the first half, and really they didn’t have a lot of open looks, but I am pleased with the team,” Blevins said.

Sophomore Blake Jenkins led Bearden in scoring with 14 — but even more important for the Bulldogs, he played nearly the entire game.

“This is the first game we have been able to give Blake almost a full four quarters so I am very optimistic about that,” the coach said.

Demonte Simpson added 13 points and impressed the coach with his play in the post.

“Demonte I thought played well tonight,” Blevins said. “We missed a lot of one-footers but we do that in practice so we just have to get a little better and keep working at it.”

Andy Fennell and Dustin Craig had nine points each, Hunt Rosson added seven and Gabriel Campbell rounded out the scoring with five.


Led by Marcus Webb’s 15 points the Bulldogs squeaked by Lenoir City 50-47 Friday, Dec. 15, on the road.

Bearden improved its district record to 4-1 in a battle that came down to the wire. With under a minute remaining Simpson stole the ball and passed it ahead to Webb who hit a go-ahead basket to put Bearden up 49-47.

After a defensive stop, Craig, who finished with 11 points, drew a foul and connected on the front end of the one-and one to increase the lead, 50-47.

After his second free-throw missed, Lenoir City’s attempt to tie with a three-point basket was no good at the buzzer.

“It was nip and tuck the whole way,” Blevins said. “That was game that could have gone either way so I am really pleased.”


The Bulldogs cruised at home against Sevier County 59-43 Tuesday, Dec. 12. Simpson had 16 points to lead Bearden and Jenkins contributed 11. Rosson and Fennell had eight each, Craig six, Campbell five and Ware two.


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