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BHS boys stop ‘L’ streak, slip past Panthers 68-61

After losing its previous two games, the Bearden Bulldogs basketball team decided enough was enough.

After playing a close game against Lenoir City, a late push enabled Bearden to get a much-needed 68-61 win Friday, Jan. 26, at BHS.

Trailing 32-29 at halftime, the Bulldogs (18-7, 8-3 in District 4-AAA) didn’t like the position they were in and were determined to not let another game slip away.

“We just knew that when we went into halftime down we had to come out with more fire and start playing our hearts out because we couldn’t lose another one at home,” Bearden senior Hunt Rosson said. “We just started running the ball more, kept getting lay-ups and kept pushing the ball.

“I think this [win] will really help us.”

Ball control proved to play a vital role in Bearden’s come-from-behind victory. With 10 turnovers — none in the fourth quarter — the Bulldogs made the most of all their possessions.

“Offensively I thought we really played well down the stretch,” Bearden head coach Mark Blevins said. “We either got to the free-throw line or got a good shot every possession.”

Sophomore Blake Jenkins led the Bulldogs with 21 points while Dustin Craig and Rosson had 16 apiece. Demonte Simpson added 12 points.

Bearden’s defense also took a giant leap forward in the second half as they limited most of Lenoir City’s possession’s to just one shot opportunity.

“Hunt [Rosson] and Andy (Fennell) on defense were the keys,” Blevins said. “Andy stopped a lot of penetration and Hunt was able to get out there and get some steals and get us going. When you are in a game where every possession counts those are difficult games to play.

“But I am really proud of our team.”

Battling through a tough game like this is exactly what Blevins needed to see from his young team.

“We really learned something about our team because Lenoir City really came to play and they were shooting the ball well,” the coach said. “They forced us to do things that we don’t normally do.”


Bearden couldn’t find an answer for Maryville’s Aaron Douglass as the Rebels defeated BHS 68-61 Tuesday, Jan. 23, at BHS.

The junior post had 19 points and grabbed 17 rebounds while Randy Lambert chipped in a game-high 21 to lead Maryville.

“Douglass really hurt us, he just dominated us,” Blevins said. “They shot the ball well and we left Lambert open three times. We cut it to two in the fourth and we left Lambert open for back-to-back threes.”

Bearden was led in scoring by Jenkins with 15 and Simpson’s 14. But BHS didn’t get in any type of rhythm until the second half.

“The first half was one of our worst halves of the season and we were just down two, I thought we would have been down fourteen,” Blevins said. “I thought we were very fortunate to just be down two and then we came out and played a decent second half. But they played better so they hit the shots.”


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