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D-B pushes tempo, thumps Greeneville

By Johnny Wilson, Sports Correspondent • Dec 15, 2018 at 2:19 AM

KINGSPORT — When the Dobyns-Bennett boys basketball team is clicking right along, the veteran Indians certainly can be a joy to watch.

Greeneville got a little taste of it on Friday night inside the Buck Van Huss Dome where first-half outbursts of 11-0 and 10-0 pushed the Tribe to a 61-43 nonconference victory over the Greene Devils.

D-B’s quick-strike ability left Greeneville down 38-20 at halftime and all but defeated.

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Lightning-quick Marae Foreman, all 5-foot-6 of him, has seen it all before.

“We got out in transition — that’s always our main focus,” Dobyns-Bennett’s senior point guard said. “We’re always trying to push the ball up the floor to score. That’s what we do and tonight we executed the plan.”

LIGHTING THE FIRE

Charlie Browder and Jared Strickland both had plenty to do with D-B gaining control late in the first quarter when the Indians broke out of a 10-10 tie to lead 21-10 after eight minutes.

A 6-7 junior pivot, Browder used his reach and soft hands to convert inside on three straight trips down the floor on his way to an 11-point night.

Meanwhile, Strickland came off the bench to provide ample energy.

An active 6-3 slasher with a quick first step, Strickland consistently got the ball to the rim and scored a pair of buckets while setting up two others.

“Charlie is usually the biggest guy on the floor and he’s easy to get the ball to in there,” said Foreman, who scored twice in transition to help fuel the second spurt. “He can really finish at the rim.

“And Jared, he’s instant energy off the bench and is another scorer to add to the mix. When he’s in there it seems to make everything better for us.”

DEFENSE STARTS EVERYTHING

Greeneville (5-4) shot just 31 percent from the floor and committed 13 turnovers, and as usual Foreman and senior Riamello Wadsworth were the ones spearheading the D-B defense with good pressure on the perimeter.

Dorien Goddard, a Virginia football signee, finished with 15 points to lead the Greene Devils.

“Me and Mello have been playing here for four years and that’s what we know to do,” Foreman said. “We take a lot of pride in our defense.”

MELLO MILESTONE

The high-flying Wadsworth led the Tribe with 12 points, including the 1,000th of his D-B career on a driving layup early in the first quarter.

Brit Thomas hit three 3-point jumpers for the Indians.

TRIBE GIRLS EASE TO WIN

The Lady Indians kept on trucking and claimed their 10th win in 11 outings with a 69-31 stroll past the Lady Greene Devils.

The lopsided final score occurred only after Dobyns-Bennett, up just six points at halftime, blitzed Greeneville by a 42-10 count following intermission.

“I’ll be honest with you tonight a lot of our problem in the first half was that we haven’t been in the gym since Friday night,” said D-B coach Bill Francis. “We’re not allowed to practice or get in the gym when we’re out of school (because of the weather) and the snow really put us in a bind.

“Really the first time we got in the gym was (Thursday), so I think some of that’s rust. You lose your timing a little bit and you miss some easy ones maybe because you haven’t been in there getting your shots up.”

It may have taken 16 game minutes for D-B to get it together, but in the second half the Lady Indians rolled.

Up 27-21 at the half, the Indians got 3-point jumpers from Courtney Whitson and Bethany Welty to bookend the quarter, and heading into the final period D-B was looking at a 49-23 advantage.

“I think we subbed in some kids there in the second half and that really works to our advantage,” Francis said. “We’ve got 13 kids who can play and when you can run 10 or 11 of them out there consistently, it can be tough on teams.”

Whitson finished with 20 points to lead all scorers, and teammate Caitlyn Wallace kicked in 10 to the balanced act.

Greeneville (4-4) received an 11-point game from Ashlyn White.

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