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Second-half push propels Tribe over Trojans

Tanner Cook • Nov 14, 2018 at 12:30 AM

KINGSPORT — The season did not start off the way the Dobyns-Bennett boys basketball team would have liked — spotting Morristown West a 10-point lead in the first five minutes of the game — but the Tribe erased that deficit and won 72-64 on Tuesday night inside the Buck Van Huss Dome.

The Indians were without senior guard Marae Foreman, but Brit Thomas came off the bench to hit six 3-pointers and finish with 22 points — 19 in the second half — for D-B.

Trent Lovelace scored 21 points for the Trojans.

“I think it was a lot of jitters and excitement building up to playing the first game in the Dome this season,” Tribe coach Chris Poore said. “Things aren’t going to be particularly pretty in early November basketball.

“It wasn’t the start we wanted, but our guys showed a lot of toughness to turn that around and grind that game out and win it.”

NOTHING GOING DOWN

The Trojans held the Tribe scoreless for the first five minutes of the game while jumping to the 10-0 lead.

Charlie Browder stepped up to get the Indians on the board when he score their first points of the season on a putback.

The Tribe pulled to within three points at 12-9 but went into the second quarter down by five.

TRIBE GETS ROLLING

Jared Strickland — who eventually fouled out with 14 points — made some key early buckets for D-B, even a 3-pointer early in the second quarter to cut the West lead to one point, 17-16.

Strickland then got the next bucket to give D-B its first lead of the season on a layup, 18-17.

The seesaw second period featured three ties and four lead changes, and the teams went into intermission deadlocked at 29.

D-B DOMINATES SECOND HALF

The Indians came out of the locker room looking to put away the Trojans quickly, but Morristown West wouldn’t go quietly. Two more ties and three more lead changes seemed to signal an exciting finish.

But then the Indians grabbed the lead at the end of the third and carried the momentum into the fourth with an 11-0 run that gave them the lead for good.

Thomas scored nine of the points in that decisive run. Riamello Wadsworth, who finished with 19 points, had the other two.

CHARITY STRIPE WOES

The free-throw line was unkind to D-B all night. The Indians finished 14-for-26 and missed the first six foul shots they took in the first half.

“A lot of players chipped in for our team and that’s who we’re going to be,” Poore said.

UP NEXT

Dobyns-Bennett goes to Morristown East on Saturday. The tip is set for 3 p.m.

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