Dobyns-Bennett cruises past Daniel Boone

Dave Ongie • Feb 12, 2009 at 12:00 AM

GRAY — Dobyns-Bennett didn’t just lock up the second seed for next week’s District 1-AAA boys basketball tournament with a win over Daniel Boone on Thursday. The Indians made a statement.

The Tribe shot 50 percent from the field, had a 20-point lead before halftime and cruised to a lopsided 78-49 victory in the Big 9 Conference finale.

D-B showed no signs of a hangover following an emotional loss at Science Hill on Tuesday night. Instead, the Indians opened the game on an 18-4 run and used a 17-4 run in the second quarter to build a commanding 38-16 advantage late in the first half.

“I thought we got good leadership in the ballgame,” D-B coach Charlie Morgan said. “I know the guys were a little bit disappointed the other night but they really stepped up tonight and played together.”

With the win, D-B (22-5, 13-3) tied Tennessee High for second place. The Tribe edged out the Vikings in the tiebreaker after sweeping the season series.

Ashlon Adams provided D-B with a serious spark, scoring 13 of his game-high 18 points in the first half. Adams connected on three 3-pointers and threw down a thunderous two-handed dunk along the way.

“When he’s on, he’s on,” Morgan said of Adams. “He’s just a competitor — he wants to win.”

Todd Halvorsen scored 17 points while Justin Sylvester and Jordan Edwards added 14 each to give D-B (22-5, 13-3) four players in double figures.

While the Tribe thrived, Daniel Boone couldn’t buy a bucket.

After taking D-B into overtime earlier this season, the Trailblazers were out of the game early thanks to a variety of open looks that refused to go down.

“We took one, maybe two, bad shots in the first half and we went 9 for 31,” Boone coach Ryan Arnold said. “We were putting up good shots, we just didn’t convert.”

Cody Connell led Boone (12-15, 6-10) with 12 points while Nick Jones added 11.

In the girls contest, the Lady Indians completed the sweep and picked up their 20th win of the season by downing the Lady Trailblazers 64-36.

Boone got within eight points with 3:03 in the third quarter before D-B slammed the door on the Lady Trailblazers’ comeback bid.

D-B held Boone without a point for the next 6:10 while putting together the 19-0 run that put the game out of reach.

“We defended really well, we played hard and we played a lot of people,” D-B coach Roger France said. “That was the idea, to play a lot of people, and I thought it wore on them.”

Blaine Frohlich and Megan Devine scored 13 points each to pace D-B (20-7, 13-3) while Brooke Barnard also tossed in 13 to lead Boone (6-22, 3-13).

With the win, the Lady Indians also wrapped up the second seed in next week’s district tournament while Daniel Boone will face off against Sullivan South in a play-in game on Saturday.

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