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Bulldogs enter ‘Farragut Week’ unbeaten

The Bearden Bulldogs basketball team opened District 4-AAA play with a 44-29 win at Heritage, Thursday, Nov. 29.

Junior Blake Jenkins led the Bulldogs with 16 points and junior Dustin Craig added 11. Nathan Parker had nine, Gabriel Campbell four while Demonte Simpson and Andy Fennell had two each.

The Bulldogs (9-0 overall record entering the week) trailed 13-5 after one quarter, but rallied to take a 17-15 lead into halftime. From then on Bearden rolled.

“[Heritage] started off well and held the ball for a minute or two on each possession,” Bearden head coach Mark Blevins said. “We could of played a lot better but Heritage had a lot to do with it by holding the ball. It’s hard to score if they hold the ball.”

Bearden opened the week with a 92-42 win at West, Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Freshman Galen Campbell led all scorers with 16 points including three three-pointers.

Senior Matt Ternes and Parker had 10 points each in a game where all 14 players on the roster scored.

After another unbeaten week, the Bulldogs will face two challenging district opponents this week. The Bulldogs host Maryville Tuesday, Dec. 4 (after press deadline) and travel to Farragut Friday, Dec. 7.

“We have got a lot of room to improve on,” Blevins said. “This is a big week for us with Maryville Tuesday and Farragut Friday.

The main concern is Maryville right now and the last time we played them we had a 15 point lead with four seconds left in the first half. We let them out of it and they went on to win the state.”

If the Bulldogs want to remain undefeated after this upcoming week, Blevins feels that his team must improve both offensively and defensively.

“Our execution offensively is nowhere near where it needs to be,” Blevins said. “Defensively, we are trying to get our fundamentals better each week and so those are the two major areas.”

Blevins feels that after this upcoming week he will have a better sense of where his team stands at this point in the season. “We will see this week how we play,” Blevins said. “This week was kind of a warm-up for next week.”


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