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Fair, Dawgs edge West for Super 16 crown; BHS girls whip Karns

Dion Fair, BHS senior point guard, drives baseline to the basket against West’s defense.- Alan Sloan/farragutpress
When West guard Calvin Walker took an inbounds lob pass from three-quarters court, with just three seconds left in regulation, and converted a game-tying lay-up at the buzzer against Bearden, the Bulldogs could have thought, “Here we go again.”

The Rebels, undefeated coming into their Super 16 Tournament title game against the 13-1 Dawgs, had won its last two games at BHS in dramatic fashion —spanning two seasons — and were looking for number three in roughly 12 months.

But Bearden said no, slamming the door on West in overtime, 64-61, Thursday night, Dec. 30, as BHS senior guard Ty Greene went 6-of-6 at the foul line in OT and senior point guard Dion Fair shined for 36 minutes.

“Dion was just phenomenal tonight, he backs down from nobody,” BHS head coach Mark Blevins said of the Richard Cowan Most Valuable Player tourney honoree, who finished with 16 points, nine steals, eight assists and seven rebounds.

“He controlled the tempo of the game early and late,” Blevins added.

Fair said his Bulldogs (14-1) “came out, like, really intense; we were so ready to play this game,” as Bearden jumped ahead 16-8 thanks in part to several steals off its press.

The Bulldogs led 18-14 after one quarter, 31-25 at halftime and 47-45 after three quarters.

However, “Our offense was stymied, we couldn't score out of any sets there,” Blevins said. “West really plays hard. … And West is the most athletic team east of Memphis, probably.”

Rico White, who joined Fair and Greene as All-Tournament selections, scored a co-game high 17 points.

Greene ended with 14 while junior post Drew Standifer scored 11 to go with a team-high 12 rebounds and five blocked shots.

“Rico played well, Drew is growing by leaps and bounds … he's going to end up being an outstanding player,” Blevins said.

White said, “We'll take the win, but we executed poorly.”

Greene said his Bulldogs sought “a little bit of revenge” for the last two losses to West, including a 67-66 District 4-AAA setback at BHS, Bearden's only loss this season, earlier this month.

“They're a great team, very athletic, they can cause you match-up problems and they make you play extremely hard,” he added.

Leading 52-45 early in the fourth quarter with a 5-0 run fueled by two Fair fast-break assists, Bearden saw the extremely athletic Rebels go on a 7-0 run to tie it, 52-52 led by Carson Brooks.

Brooks matched White with 17 points.

Other Dawgs scoring were Will Winton with five and Spencer Peak one point.


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