The 6-foot-6 transfer from Johnson City blazed in a career-high 24 points, hitting everything from 3-point shots to reverse layups, to lead the Indians past Sullivan East 85-74 on Friday night in a Big 9 Conference basketball game.
When 6-7 Jordan Edwards got in foul trouble, Adams virtually took over the game. He hit 9 of 15 field goal attempts and pulled down 11 rebounds.
“I knew it was my turn to step up,’’ Adams said. “I was ready. I think I’m just now getting comfortable with the system.’’
With Edwards collecting his fourth foul 11 seconds into the second half, Adams quickly filled the offensive void.
“Ashlon had a really good inside game,’’ Morgan said. “His focus was better tonight. Jordan picked up a couple of silly fouls and Ashlon stepped up.’’
Gracious in defeat, East coach John Dyer described Adams as “a great player.’’
Adams didn’t do it alone. D-B had five players scoring in double figures. Dustin McConnell and Adam Denison each hit 16 points, Edwards got 15 in the 20 minutes he played and Todd Halvorsen scored 10. McConnell also retrieved 11 rebounds.
“We shared the ball well,’’ Adams said. “We don’t have a selfish person on the team.’’
D-B won with guard Justin Sylvester on the bench with a twisted knee. “We’re holding him back until Monday’s game with Cherokee,’’ Morgan said.
The two teams combined for 65 points in the fourth quarter. They averaged eight a minute in that stretch.
D-B led only 33-31 early in the third quarter, shortly after Edwards was charged with his fourth foul. Denison and Adams went to work, accounting for 17 of the Indians’ next 21 points.
Dyer said the last three minutes of the third quarter were decisive. “D-B went on a big run. They have the horses.’’
The Patriots fought to the end, outscoring D-B 34-31 in the fourth quarter. They finished with 10 treys.
“I’m proud of my kids for not quitting,’’ Dyer said. “We’ve just got to work toward the next game.’’
Jordan Cross, who suffered a knee injury with 48 seconds remaining in the game, led East with 19 points. Koree Deeb added 18 and Zane Campbell got 11.
“All East needs is a little daylight to shoot,’’ Morgan said.
D-B outrebounded the Patriots 41-22 and executed seven steals. However, 18 turnovers returned some of that advantage.
D-B (8-1, 4-1) is back in the Big 9 race since Tennessee High upset Science Hill. East (7-3, 4-2) also is in the title hunt.
Blaine Frohlich, a 6-1 junior post player, stole the show as D-B won the girls game 56-43. She scored 17 of her game-high 20 points in the last half, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked six shots.
“I’m glad she played that way in the second half,’’ D-B coach Roger France said. “East played hard and it was a struggle for us the whole game. We found a way to win.
“It’s been a tough week for the kids. They had exams and saw very little practice time. We played like we were tired — worn out.’’
Frohlich, the school’s all-time leader in blocked shots, has 40 this season. She’s averaging 13 points and 10.5 rebounds despite seeing limited time in a rotation system.
Megan Devine added 16 points for the Lady Indians (6-3, 4-1).
“Megan played pretty well,’’ France said.