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Blowout useful to Bearden as Cocke County easy prey

Bearden was needing a blowout — a chance to stretch its legs — and Cocke County was the perfect patsy.

Every Bulldog player scored as Bearden blasted the Fighting Cocks 85-40 Thursday, Dec. 21, at BHS.

“When you win by that margin you’ve gotta play well,” said BHS head coach Mark Blevins, whose team improved its record to 11-4 overall entering this week’s Appalachian Business Communications Super 16 Christmas Tournament at BHS. Cocke County dropped to 2-8.

“We’ve had so many tight games, it’s nice to have [a blowout] every once in a while,” Blevins added. “We haven’t had too many this year. Maybe we’re getting better.”

The Bulldogs opened Super 16 play Wednesday, Dec. 27, versus Rhea County (after press deadline).

The winner plays the Jefferson County versus Anderson County winner at 7:30 p.m., today (Thursday, Dec. 28). Wednesdays losers play at 4:30 Thursday. The boys’ championship game is set for 9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 29.

Sophomore wing Blake Jenkins led Bearden with 19 points, while junior wings Andy Fennell and Matt Ternes each added 10. Senior wing Hunt Rosson and sophomore posts Dustin Craig and Demonte Simpson scored eight apiece. Terry Johnson had six, Joshua Collins and Marcus Webb added five each, and two points apiece came from Gabriel Campbell and Benji Ware.

“Demonte [Simpson], once he settled down, he played nice down the stretch,” Blevins said. “Rosson added nine rebounds and six steals to go along with three assists “and only one turnover, so he had a great game. I thought Dustin gave quality minutes.

“I thought Gab Campbell had his second best game tonight, he had three assists and three steals.”

Rosson, who Blevins said “had a great game,” added nine rebounds, six steals and three assists. He agreed that a blowout was nice.

“It felt really good, it was really relieving,” Rosson said. “In the second half it was just more fun, and we got to work on different stuff and play different things in different ways.

“We’re definitely improving, we keep getting better and better as the season goes on because we’re so young,” the senior added. “We’ll just keep picking up stuff as the season goes on, getting better and better.”

Despite Jenkins’ 19 points, “We’re still trying to get Blake in shape, he’s still struggling to get up and down the floor,” Blevins said about Jenkins’ attempt to recover from a back injury that caused him to miss about half of the 2005-06 season.

“I don’t feel it at all, I worked through it in rehab, therapy,” Jenkins said about his injury. “I’m back.”


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