D-B wins District 1-AAA championship

George Thwaites • Feb 19, 2014 at 12:36 AM

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — Point guard Makale Foreman stroked six 3-pointers en route to 23 points and Dobyns-Bennett won its first district title since 2008 with a 58-42 win over Tennessee High in the District 1-AAA tournament championship at Viking Hall on Tuesday night.

Foreman was named tournament MVP.

The Indians (19-8) open Region 1-AAA play Saturday at the Buck Van Huss Dome against Morristown West (14-14).

D-B led 26-21 when Foreman rattled in a baseline 3 to initiate a third-quarter explosion that saw the Tribe pile on a 17-point lead.

The third was a paragon of collective effort. Foreman hit three treys in that frame, also dishing inside a couple times to Paul Gadson and John Fulkerson. The two big men had a steal and a shot block, respectively, during the go-ahead run.

Tyleke Love, who finished with 10 points, made things happen during the third-quarter surge. The lengthy, talented Love blocked a shot, forced a turnover and kicked an assist back out to Foreman on the perimeter.

What Love mostly did in the second half was make life difficult for Tennessee High’s Chad Easterling, who scored 10 points in the first half but added only four more in the second.

In December, D-B saw a 17-point lead at Viking Hall headed into the final stanza collapse and end in a 58-46 defeat. The fourth quarter Tuesday night became an ordeal for both teams.

The Tribe turned it over early, failing to score until Foreman’s 3 for the 50-36 lead with 4:48 remaining in the game. D-B didn’t score again until Cason Byrd threaded a pass to Love cruising the baseline at the 2:59 mark.

In between, friction among the players became overtly evident. The tension mainly reflected the high stakes and physical nature of the game. Sparks flew a time or two, but nothing erupted that ultimately overshadowed the game.

By Love’s three-point play with 2:03 remaining in the game, the Indians were up 55-41 and in command for good.

Gadson scored 10 points for D-B.

Easterling was the only player from Tennessee High (24-7) to score in double figures. Adam Mitchell scored seven. The Vikings will play Cocke County at home Saturday.

In the consolation game, David Crockett’s Patrick Good scored 17 of his 44 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Pioneers to a 71-70 victory over Science Hill.

Dustin Day added 11 points for David Crockett (22-12). Good hit four 3-pointers and went 16-for-22 at the free throw line.

Calvin Songster nailed four trifectas, scoring 25 points to lead the Hilltoppers (20-12). Malik McGue scored 18 points, and Peyton Wingate hit four 3s and finished with 16 points.

Science Hill travels to face District 2-AAA champion Jefferson County and Crockett goes to No. 2 Sevier County for the regionals.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Wednesday's print edition or our electronic edition.

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