With Brown sidelined by illness, the Tribe rolled to a 70-54 victory that will pit the Indians against Columbia of Georgia today at 3:30 p.m. in the tournament’s fifth-place game.
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D-B hasn’t placed in the Arby’s Classic since earning a sixth-place trophy in 2007. The fifth-place hardware would be its best since finishing third in 2001.
“This is awesome for our guys,” said first-year Indians coach Chris Poore, who took Jefferson County to a third-place Arby’s finish in 2014.
Even without Brown, the Huntsville, Ala.-based Generals came with the likes of 6-5 Markeitz Tyner, 6-5 Malik Langham, 6-5 Mason Ellison and 6-5 Isaiah McCaulley.
“I know Brown is their best player, but they ran the same offense and the same size was in there,” Poore said. “They replaced him with a kid that was equally as big and tough. I know the way they play is very physical, very chippy.”
The game featured 38 fouls, 28 in the especially chippy second half.
“Back in the day, I kind of let that get to my head, but as I’ve grown and matured, I’ve learned you have to just kind of laugh that off,” said 6-7 Tribe sophomore Charlie Browder.
The Indians never trailed and, buoyed by a 7-for-13 effort from behind the arc, had a 35-16 cushion at halftime. The Tribe finished 9-for-18 from 3-point range with four D-B players hitting at least one 3.
Browder continued his recent strong play with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
“I was really rusty coming off football, but I’m starting to get my confidence back,” he said. “Being able to make moves and see the ball go in the hole is nice.”
Riamello Wadsworth also had 14 points for the Indians and Brody Potter scored 13.
Potter hit four 3s for a second straight game and has 10 in the tournament.
“It’s all my teammates,” he said. “They drive and when the defense crashes, they kick it out to me. That’s just our offense.”
Lee’s Breon Miller scored 15 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth, also getting 10 rebounds and two steals.