The Indians beat Daniel Boone 67-51 on Thursday, wrapping up the Tribe’s first undefeated conference campaign since Buck Van Huss was roaming the sidelines back in 1981.
D-B (23-3, 16-0) trailed Boone 20-18 with 2:45 to go in the second quarter, but the Indians unleashed an 18-2 run that gave them a lead they never relinquished as they completed an unblemished run through the Big 9 Conference.
“It’s a great honor,” D-B guard Justin Sylvester said after scoring 16 points to pace the Tribe on senior night. “It feels great to go through the season undefeated after all the hard work we’ve put in.”
Boone’s motion offense and pesky 2-3 zone kept the Trailblazers in the ballgame until the final moments, but D-B’s 40-18 edge on the boards was the difference.
Tribe coach Charlie Morgan was excited to lead D-B to its first unbeaten conference mark in 27 years, but he wasn’t happy with his team’s performance in the first half.
“I thought we were very flat,” he said. “I’d have liked to see us play a lot better, but they’ve done a good job all year.”
Marshall Hardy and Todd Halvorsen had 10 points each for the Tribe while Nick Jones led Boone (15-13, 4-12) with 18 points.
Hardy led the Indians with nine rebounds while Sylvester added eight.
Seventh-seeded Daniel Boone will play Science Hill in the first round of next week’s district tournament.
Top-seeded D-B now awaits the winner of Sullivan South and David Crockett, who will face off in a play-in game Saturday at Volunteer.
For the second straight year, the Lady Indians completed a season sweep of the Lady Trailblazers on the final night of the season.
And just like last year, D-B and Daniel Boone will face off in the first round of the District 1 tournament at Volunteer next week.
Boone led for virtually the entire first half, but foul trouble and turnovers finally caught up with the Lady Trailblazers in the third quarter.
With Holly Nickels on the bench with four fouls, D-B ripped off a 13-1 run to turn a one-point lead into a 40-27 advantage early in the fourth quarter.
Despite only shooting 33 percent from the field, the Tribe held on to record a 55-45 victory.
“They had a lot of foul trouble,” D-B coach Roger France said. “I thought our depth was the key — we tried to make it an up-tempo game.”
Tori Head had 13 points to lead D-B (17-8, 11-5) while Megan Devine and Blaine Frohlich had 12 points each. Frohlich recorded a double-double by pulling down 10 rebounds.
Megan Caldwell led Boone (17-8, 10-6) with 15 points while Kaitlin Harmon added 11.
The Tribe secured the fourth seed for the district tournament while the Lady Trailblazers fell to the fifth seed.