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Hot-shooting Tribe exacts payback against Cougars

Bill Lane • Jan 23, 2009 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — With a large crowd in for homecoming, Dobyns-Bennett’s boys basketball team exacted revenge on Sullivan Central on Friday night, winning 88-49.

Early in the season, the Cougars handed D-B one of its Big 9 Conference defeats.

“Our guys knew they didn’t play well at Central and were focused for the game,’’ Indians coach Charlie Morgan said. “We got a good start and that was very important.’’

The Tribe (17-4, 9-2) shot a blistering 62 percent from the field and committed only three turnovers.

“D-B shot the ball extremely well,’’ Central coach Tony Vaughn said. “I don’t know if it was that we didn’t defend well or if D-B was just that hot. (The Indians) weren’t missing. D-B showed up ready to play and we didn’t compete.

“We never got in a 1-and-1 situation, which tells me we weren’t playing aggressively. D-B ran the floor better than we did. Jordan Edwards and Ashlon Adams beat our post people down the floor.’’

The 6-foot-5 Adams, who was an all-state end on the football team last fall and is leaning toward Austin Peay State University, was at his finest against the Cougars.

Adams scored 27 points with a 12-for-17 shooting performance and claimed six rebounds.

“I felt comfortable out there,’’ Adams said. “We just looked at this as any other game. It’s that time of the season to start jelling. Tournament play begins next month.’’

Morgan had praise for both Adams and the 6-7 Edwards.

“Ashlon plays so hard. He likes to trap the ball on defense and get on the other end of the floor with it,’’ Morgan said. “He and Jordan both rebounded well. We had to keep Central off the boards. In our first meeting, (the Cougars) had 13 offensive rebounds.’’

Morgan emphasizes tight defense and sharing the ball. “Playing together defensively is what wins games. It takes disclipline,’’ he said. “We had 15 assists and no turnovers at halftime. Our guys were running to the right spots.’’

D-B put five players in double figures. Edwards, who hit all six of his field goal attempts, trailed Adams with 16 points. Justin Sylvester scored 14 and Todd Halvorsen and Adam Denison each hit 10.

Sylvester dished out 10 assists. Halvorsen and Dustin McConnell were credited with eight apiece.

D-B’s girls (16-5, 10-1) broke open a close game in the last two minutes to win 46-37.

Blaine Frohlich, the 10th player in Lady Indians history to surpass 1,000 career points, led with 17. She has 1,025, with another season of eligibility remaining. Holly France, whose long-distance shooting propelled D-B early on, scored 14.

“We did a great job guarding Whitney Moody,’’ D-B coach Roger France said. “We did some double-teaming. She still got 17.’’

At least a dozen of Central’s shots around the basket were rejected. “We blocked a bunch,’’ France, the coach, said.

“We dared them to shoot outside and Holly France answered,’’ Central coach Gary Surcey said. “Our legs went away. The week we had off hurt us.’’

Six of D-B’s players were contestants in the homecoming court. Amanda Shelton was crowned homecoming queen. Zach Fleming was recognized as king.

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