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Foreman leads Indians  in romp over Pioneers

JOHNNY WILSON • Dec 8, 2018 at 2:09 AM

JONESBOROUGH — Dobyns-Bennett, getting a 23-point game from Marae Foreman, flexed its muscles Friday night against David Crockett and captured a 72-40 Big Seven Conference boys basketball win.

The visiting Indians (7-1, 2-0) wasted no time in displaying their dominance, playing excellent man-to-man defense and shooting well from the perimeter to run out to leads of 22-10 after one quarter and 47-20 at halftime.

Crockett (4-4, 1-2) was coming off an emotional road win over Daniel Boone, a fact not lost on D-B coach Chris Poore.

“Our message all week was that we can’t just show up and think we can win, especially in a game like this,” Poore said.  “We’ve got to earn it and deserve it, and I was really pleased with the guys’ buy-in tonight and their focus.

“I thought we pressured them well defensively, and that was important because playing against five guards who can shoot it like they can, momentum can really swing in a hurry.”


Foreman, a senior point guard, had a night to remember, scoring 21 of his game-high points in the first half after hitting five 3-point jumpers, including a 20-foot bank shot from the corner.

“If he gets hot like that, we can be a really, really good basketball team,” Poore said with a big smile. “He’s one of our leaders and he was in a zone, and I was glad to see that for him.”

Six-foot-seven junior center Charlie Browder took care of the inside for the Tribe and finished with 15 points, while senior guards Brody Potter and Chase Jenkins each added 10.

The Pioneers were led offensively by Avery Letcher and Mason Britton, both of whom nailed three 3-point shots and finished with nine points.

Both teams made 10 shots from beyond the arc.


DOBYNS-BENNETT 56, Crockett 38

It took awhile for Dobyns-Bennett to hit its stride, but the Lady Indians dominated the second half and went on to claim a 56-38 girls basketball win over Big Seven Conference rival David Crockett.

Crockett actually held a four-point lead at halftime after D-B (9-1, 2-0) turned in a one-point second quarter, but Courtney Whitson caught fire in the third period and the homestanding Pioneers (3-6, 1-2) faded down the stretch.

Trailing 15-11 at the half, D-B knocked down nine 3-point shots in the second half and led by as much as 48-25 midway through the fourth quarter.

“Everyone was saying how we were going to wear Crockett out, but I was nervous about it,” said Dobyns-Bennett coach Bill Francis. “I’ll tell ya, (Crockett) coach (Tony) Gordon knows what he’s doing and he’s been around a long time, and he had a terrific game plan.

“We knew they’d pack it in with that zone and work time off the clock with their deliberate approach offensively. Fortunately we were able to turn it around.”


Whitson, a 6-foot senior, turned the Tribe around in the third quarter, scoring 13 of her game-high 25 points. It was a welcome sight for Francis’ sore eyes.

“I’ll tell ya, high school kids when they aren’t seeing that ball go into the basket, it can take some of their spirit,” Francis said. “We talked at halftime not to let it drain your spirit, but to ... go on to the next play.

“I felt like if we could just get one good run that we could probably take it on home, and we did there to start the third quarter. And then we had another little run there in the fourth quarter. We can play 13 kids, so that helps.”

The Indians hit 11 shots from beyond the arc, five by Whitson.


Crockett received 12 points from Emma Gouge and 10 from Emily Trivette, but the Pioneers just didn’t have enough bullets to hang in the second half.

“In the second half, they were able to speed us up, and they converted our turnovers into good shot looks for themselves,” Gordon said. “They are a very good offensive team, and we were fortunate to hold them down in the first half.

“They have great balance everywhere and they shoot it well and they defend well — not a lot of weaknesses to exploit. But we made ‘em work for the win.”

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