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D-B pulls into tie atop Big 7 boys race

By Johnny Wilson • Feb 7, 2018 at 1:52 AM

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Dobyns-Bennett got a big game from Riamello Wadsworth and took care of business as expected Tuesday night, handling Tennessee High by a 63-48 count at Viking Hall.

The victory lifted the Indians (23-6, 10-1) into a first-place tie with Science Hill in the Big 7 Conference boys basketball race.

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D-B’s Chris Poore was pleased with the way his club came out and took immediate control of the Vikings (14-13, 5-6). The Indians shot 55 percent from the floor in the first half to assume a 36-18 advantage at intermission.

“This team approaches games the way a good team needs to approach them,” the first-year Tribe coach said. “And that’s with focus and with a mission in mind, I’m really pleased with our buy-in to this season as a whole, and tonight was another example of that.

“I was really pleased with our focus coming in and our execution coming in, and I thought we did a really nice job.”

WADSWORTH STARS

The athletic Wadsworth carried the Indians offensively, getting to the rim and hitting three 3s to score a game-high 25 points.

“Mello does enough good stuff to affect that many points, but he doesn’t always put up the numbers,” Poore said. “He’s been very efficient for us here lately and tonight he just had an exceptional game offensively. He’s a tough matchup on both ends of the floor for anybody.”

Wadsworth was surprised with his big numbers.

“I don’t usually score like that,” the 6-foot-1 junior said. “My normal objective is to score when I can and facilitate, get into the lanes to help my teammates score.

“Usually I’m not such a great shooter, but tonight I got into a rhythm and started lighting it up I guess.”

NOT ENOUGH FIREPOWER

Tennessee High fell into its first-half hole against D-B’s sticky man-to-man defense, spearheaded by guard Marae Foreman. The Vikings committed 10 first-half turnovers and shot just 32 percent from the floor the first 16 minutes.

Cade Mitchell led the Vikings with 18 points and Christian Webb tossed in 12.

GIRLS GAME

The Lady Indians were battled for a half but got it together after intermission and rolled to a 61-45 win over the Vikings.

D-B (20-8, 7-4) completed a season sweep of Tennessee High behind a strong third quarter in which the Lady Indians outscored the home team 20-9. Up only 25-22 at halftime, D-B took a 45-31 advantage into the final eight minutes.

“We got a little more focused in the second half,” D-B coach Bill Francis said. “I told the kids at halftime that I can live with missing shots, but we weren’t competing for loose balls and we weren’t rebounding or squeezing the ball, and those are focus things.

“And I don’t understand this time of year why we come out like that. It took us a quarter and a half to get going against Greeneville the other night, too. But once we got going, we settled down and did a much better job in the second half.”

The Lady Indians relied on their inside strength to subdue the Vikings, with Courtney Whitson scoring 17 points to lead the offense. Frontline mate Jaden Fullen added 13 and Lily Griffith kicked in 12.

Makayla Richards hit four 3-point shots and scored 14 points for the Lady Vikings (17-10, 6-5), who got a 16-point game from Adison Minor.

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