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Indians outhustle Greene Devils

February 28th, 2007 5:57 pm by BILL LANE

KINGSPORT - It's come down to archrivals Dobyns-Bennett and Science Hill again.

They'll play Thursday night for the Region 1-AAA boys basketball championship at Sullivan South.

Dobyns-Bennett (22-8), the state's 10th-ranked team, upset No. 5 Greeneville on Tuesday night 53-51 on Logan Williamson's 12-foot jumper with two seconds remaining.

Science Hill (30-7), getting 18 points from Omar Wattad, coasted to a 54-36 victory over District 1 champion Tennessee High.

Both D-B and Science Hill qualified for the TSSAA sectionals, to be played Monday night. The region champion will get to host while the runner-up must travel.

Greeneville seemed on the verge of pulling away from the Indians. The Greene Devils held a 31-24 lead early in the third quarter, only to see D-B go on a 13-3 run.

During this stretch, Williamson and Jordan Edwards each scored four points, Justin Sylvester got three and Josef Throp had two.

A seesaw battle ensued.

Greeneville took a 50-49 lead on an Antoine Anderson layup with 1:45 left to play in the game.

D-B broke on top 51-50 on an inside shot by Williamson with 1:21 to go.

Antwaine Wiggins tied the game 51-51 with 18 seconds showing.

Then the heroics belonged to Williamson and Sylvester.

D-B worked the ball around and Sylvester passed up a shot to give the ball to Williamson, who hit from the left baseline to win the game.

The clock was stopped with 1.2 seconds remaining. As Greeneville attempted to throw an inbounds pass upcourt, the 6-foot-6 Edwards blocked it.

Thus came to an end Greeneville's dream season. For several weeks, the Devils were ranked No. 1 in Tennessee.

"We were in a trapping defense when Williamson scored,'' Greeneville coach Bill Duncan said. "Wiggins came out too high.''

Sylvester led the Indians with 19 points, followed by Williamson's 18. Sylvester carried the Tribe in the first half with 13.

Game honors went to the 6-7 Wiggins, who has 21 college offers. He scored 33 by hitting 10 of 27 shots.

"On Logan's winning basket, we wanted to go inside,'' D-B coach Charlie Morgan said. "That was a good look he got. Logan is a competitor. Greeneville scrambled its defense and Logan got open.

"(The Devils) were tired. I think we had something to do with that. We made it a full-court game.''

D-B won but didn't stop the multitalented Wiggins, who made four perimeter shots.

"He is just a super player,'' Morgan said. "He's probably the best we've faced this year.''

Morgan praised Sylvester for his performance, calling him a "dynamite player."

Sylvester entertained thoughts of taking the final shot but spied Williamson in his favorite spot.

"Logan likes that little shot,'' Sylvester said. "He had a better shot than I did. He was open.''

Williamson said: "I was wide open. We've been practicing shots like. It came at the right time.''

Williamson, Edwards and Coty Sensabaugh shared the task of guarding Wiggins.

"It's hard to guard him,'' Williamson said. "All you can do is let him do his thing and stop the rest of Greeneville's team.''

Wiggins drove for what could have been a three-point play with 55 seconds to go but was ruled out of bounds before hitting a reverse layup around two defenders.

"He didn't step out of bounds,'' Duncan said. "He was knocked out. It should have been a three-point play.''

The Devils played without guard Seth Ottinger, who had the flu.

"He's our Dane Bradshaw,'' Duncan said, referring to the solid University of Tennessee senior. "I learned just 30 minutes before Monday's practice he wouldn't be able to play.''

Duncan said D-B's bench was the difference. "We have only 880 students and can't afford a bench like that. We play just six people. It was so hot in here - Wiggins got tired. I really believed we'd get 'em. I thought we had it won.''

D-B outrebounded the Devils 31-30 as Edwards grabbed 13.

It was Greeneville's first game on the South floor in five years.

Sensabaugh, in early foul trouble, never got in the flow.

Science Hill was on top of its game against Tennessee High.

"It was a great win for our program,'' Hilltoppers coach Ken Cutlip said. "We stepped up and competed our hearts out. Tennessee High was one of the hottest teams in Northeast Tennessee.

"Our kids came out focused. When they do that, we're as good as anybody.''

Wattad spearheaded the attack.

"If you're not motivated for this, there's something wrong," he said. "We attacked them. Now, we need to win the region and get a home game for the sectional.''

THS coach Roby Witcher said once the Hilltoppers got a double-digit lead, his team had difficulty catching up.

"We like to keep the score close," Witcher said.

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