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’Dawgs ‘Damron’ed at MHS

MARYVILLE — The Bearden Bulldogs basketball team did everything it wanted to do against Maryville except come out with a win.

In a close battle the entire game, the Bulldogs came out on the bottom of a 73-71 overtime loss Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Maryville High School.

Bearden junior Nathan Parker scored the game-tying basket with 38 seconds remaining in the fourth to send the game into overtime with a 63-63 tie.

From that point on it was Maryville guard Jordan Damron’s game. The senior scored 10 of his game-high 35 points in overtime on three 3-point baskets and a free-throw.

It proved to be the push the Rebels needed to get past the Bulldogs for the second time this season.

“[Damron] is the man of the hour when it comes to pressure time,” Bearden head coach Mark Blevins said. “He has done the job twice against us.”

In the earlier meeting this season Damron scored 42 points in Maryville’s 94-92 double overtime victory against Bearden Dec. 4.

“It’s tough because he is quick and he can shoot really well,” said Bearden junior guard Blake Jenkins, who spent much of the night guarding Damron.

“He just started draining them in overtime and we couldn’t stop him.”

With a blowout win at Lenoir City Friday, Jan. 25, Bearden was 22-2 and 9-2 in District 4-AAA entering the week. More LCHS game details later in this story.

Against Maryville, junior post Demonte Simpson led the Bulldogs with 25 points and Jenkins added 17. Others scoring for Bearden were Gabe Campbell 10, Parker eight, Dustin Craig eight, Matt Ternes two and Marcus Webb one.

“They just had a little bit more left in their engine at the end than we did, but we played well,” Blevins said.

Bearden did have its chance at the end of overtime, but couldn’t find a way to convert.

With four seconds remaining Jenkins was called for a flagrant foul while trying to foul Damron.

Damron hit one-of-two free throws to increase the lead 73-71. Maryville was called for a five-second inbound violation and turned the ball over to BHS with four seconds to play.

Jenkins got the ball and drove the lane, but couldn’t get the runner to fall as it bounced off the rim as the overtimebuzzer sounded. “When it comes down we have to execute,” Jenkins said. “And we didn’t stop Damron in overtime.”

Even though the teams won’t meet again in the regular season, the two could meet up again in the District 4-AAA and/or Region 2-AAA tournaments.

When that time comes Jenkins feels that the Bulldogs will be prepared and look forward to the chance to beat Maryville. “We will just keep going and doing what we do,” Jenkins said. “I think we will come out on top.”


Bearden bounced back by crushing Lenoir City 77-39 Friday, Jan. 25, at LCHS.

Parker led Bearden with 17 points. Others BHS scorers were Ternes 11, Gabe Campbell 10, Webb nine, Simpson eight, Jenkins eight, Andy Fennell five, Rico White four, Galen Campbell three and Craig two.


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