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Jenkins the hero for No. 3 'Dawgs

Blake Jenkins wanted the ball.

When Bearden head coach Mark Blevins called a timeout with 14.9 seconds remaining in a 55-55 tie against South-Doyle Friday, Feb. 9, the plan was simple: get the ball into Jenkins’s hands.

The 6-foot-5 sophomore got the ball and with six seconds remaining put up an eight footer over two defenders.

The end result was a 57-55 win for Bearden (22-7 overall record entering the week) and heartbreak for a South-Doyle team that battled hard all night.

The win puts Bearden in a tie for second place (No. 3 seed) in District 4-AAA with an 11-3 record.

Jenkins proved throughout the game that it was his night as he scored a game-high 23 points. He was 9-of-15 from the floor, grabbed seven rebounds and had four assists — but maybe more impressive were his four offensive put-backs from rebounds.

So when it came down to who should get the final shot at the end of the game, it was a no-brainer for Blevins.

“We felt like we had to go into him because he had the hot hand tonight,” Blevins said. “Hats go off to all our kids but Blake was the player of the evening.”

In a game where the largest lead was a 45-38 South-Doyle edge with 2:20 left in the third quarter, it was only fitting for the game to be decided by a final shot.

“Both games we played them have been tight, and we were very fortunate tonight to come away with the win because they have a good ball club,” Blevins said. “We made the big shot when it counted.”

At the end of the game it came down to who wanted it more and nobody wanted it more than Jenkins.

“I just had to put it in the basket,” Jenkins said. “I knew I was going to get the ball when coach called the play and I just put it in.”

It wasn’t an easy shot for Jenkins to get off, but it didn’t seem to faze the sophomore.

“They played a two-three [zone] and we thought they were going to be in man so the pass was a little high, but I still got off the shot,” Jenkins said. “I knew they were going to come out with intensity but at the end we just worked harder.”

Others scoring for Bearden: Dustin Craig 10, Demonte Simpson eight, Nathan Parker seven, Marcus Webb and Gabriel Campbell three each, and Matt Ternes and Hunt Rosson two apiece.


Bearden got solid production from its bench in a 46-33 win at home against William Blount Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Jenkins led the Bulldogs with 12 points while Simpson added 11. Others scoring for Bearden were Webb with 10, Ternes four, Rosson, Campbell, Ware and Parker two apiece and Craig one point.


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