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Trio lead Bearden to Land-Air Classic title


Praising the “leadership and maturity” of his experienced standout trio, Mark Blevins and his Bearden boys basketball team finished its first full week with a tournament title.

The Bulldogs (5-0) captured the eight-team Land-Air Classic at Greeneville High School with three wins.

Ty Greene, junior guard and tourney Most Valuable Player, and junior guards Jaeland Lawson and Rico Carter, both All-Tournament honorees, led BHS past Sevier County in the title game 56-32, Saturday, Nov. 28, after slipping past an experienced Morristown East team 78-76 in the semifinals Friday.


Bearden opened tourney play with a 74-51 drubbing of Sullivan South Monday, Nov. 23.

“Ty and Jaeland and Rico, they're kinda holding the fort down,” coach Blevins said. “We played really good all around. Every game we played a different style.”

BEARDEN 56 SEVIER CO. 32

White's 21 points led the way offensively, as Bearden led 29-19 at halftime before pulling away.

“Rico's getting his legs back,” Blevins said about White bouncing back from injury.

Greene added 11, Lawson 10, Will Winton five, Drew Standifer four, Bennett Tassel three and Chris Phillips two points.

BEARDEN 78 M. EAST 76

With Greene and Lawson combining for 50 points -— Greene 26, Lawson 24 — Bearden overcame an eight-point deficit early in the fourth quarter with an 18-0 run.

“Great performance by those guys against a really good team,” Blevins said. “Had to hold them off at the end, they kept hitting threes.”

East's Austin Gardner, a Carson-Newman signee, pumped in a game-high 32 points as the Hurricanes nailed 14 three-point baskets.

White added 15 for the Bulldogs, Winton and Spencer Peake six each and Phillips two. East led 20-12 after one quarter, 33-26 at halftime, and 49-44 after three frames.

BEARDEN 74 SSHS 51

Greene paced the BHS offense with 17, while White, Lawson and Peake each popped in 13.

Standifer added six, Austin Weida five, Phillips three and two points each for Jordan Buck and Winton.

 

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