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Lofton watches as Jenkins leads ’Dawgs past Webb


Bearden’s Blake Jenkins had something to prove.

Unfortunately for Webb School the sophomore made his point in a 68-45 win over the Spartans Friday, Jan. 5, at Webb.

With dunks that bring the crowd to their feet nearly every time Jenkins steps onto the court, the 6-foot-5 post proved there is more to his game than people think.


“I’ve been trying to work on my jump shot, that’s where everybody says I need to improve,” said Jenkins, who hit all three of his 3-point attempts en route to a game-high 19 points.

The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for Jenkins to have his breakout game because University of Tennessee star guard Chris Lofton was in attendance.

“I was just feeling it, I felt like Chris Lofton,” Jenkins said.

“I saw Chris Lofton in the building so I had to show him a little something.”

Bearden (14-5 record entering the week) also got a strong showing from sophomore Dustin Craig who finished with 18 points.

“Blake had a really good game offensively and Dustin has had four really good games in a row offensively so hopefully he is in shape,” BHS head coach Mark Blevins said.

“Because we’ve had a week-long layoff now I thought we didn’t play as well as we played against Fulton the other night, but this one’s behind us and we are looking forward to next week.”

Marcus Webb scored nine for BHS, followed by Parker with seven, Demonte Simpson six and two each for Hunt Rosson, Andy Fennell and Benji Ware.

Bearden has a tough stretch of district games coming up in the next few weeks and Blevins feels that his team is ready for the challenge that lies ahead.

“Its nice to get a win and nine out of the next ten are district games and we go to William Blount Tuesday (Jan. 9, after press deadline) so that’s what we are focused on now,” the coach said.

Webb (5-9 record entering the week) got 15 points from Neil Robinson and 13 from Matt Mitchell, but it wasn’t enough as Bearden out-matched them from the opening tip and took a commanding 33-19 lead into halftime.

After the week-long layoff, a lot of practice the past few days helped get the Bulldogs in game shape — and nobody was more thankful for that than Jenkins.

“We worked hard the last two days,” Jenkins said. “We had nine hours of practice combined and came out with a lot of intensity and got the win.”

 

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