Coming off a gut-wrenching one-point road loss to Tennessee High that left the Indians in a three-way for first in the Big 7 Conference boys basketball race, D-B took on a non-league foe and crushed Jefferson County 76-50 on Saturday afternoon at the Buck Van Huss Dome.
“I’m really pleased with our guys resiliency to bounce back,” said Tribe coach Chris Poore. “There’s always a question mark with how you come back from a tough loss. Our guys answered with what we knew about them. They’re a tough group.”
FOREMAN THE LEADER
The players certainly knew a quick bounce-back was important, especially with the conference race heating up.
“There was a lot of motivation to come in, be focused and try to put that loss behind us,” said guard Marae Foreman, who led the Indians (16-3) with 16 points. “We just wanted to come through, get a win and play as a team.”
D-B came out of halftime with a comfortable 22-point lead, but the Indians didn’t play like they were satisfied. They rang the scoreboard bell over and over again, dropping 30 points on the Patriots in the third quarter.
“There was a focus and an energy about our team,” Poore said. “We had a chip on our shoulder, and we wanted to do the things we didn’t do (Friday) night.”
Poore said the third-quarter explosion was born of teamwork.
“I thought we shared the ball well,” he said. “I thought we attacked and were aggressive on both ends of the court. I was pleased to see our team come together and play as one.”
Foreman said the Indians had plenty of assists.
“We moved the ball, and we shared the ball well,” he said. “Everybody was playing together, and we played good defense.”
Jared Strickland totaled 15 points for D-B, Charlie Browder had 14 and Abiah Releford chipped in with 11.
D-B jumped on Jefferson County in the first quarter, creating a 16-6 lead. The Indians increased the pressure on the Patriots in the second quarter and, thanks to balanced inside-outside scoring, D-B carried a 38-16 lead into the locker room.
FOR THE PATRIOTS
The Patriots (8-11) got a superb game from Darius Allen. He nailed four second-half treys and finished with 25 points and five 3-pointers.