KINGSPORT — Daniel Boone allowed Darius Davis to drive the baseline in the fourth period. Bad idea.
Davis collected nine of his 20 points in the final quarter to lead Dobyns-Bennett to an edgy 62-56 victory on Tuesday night in Big 8 Conference play at the Buck Van Huss Dome.
“I’m happy. This is a good win for our team considering what we have coming on Thursday,” said D-B coach Charlie Morgan, whose Indians host rival Science Hill on Thursday night in a rescheduled league tilt.
Davis, a senior, capped a super evening with a crucial steal in the final minute that sealed the win. But it was his slashing — he consistently shredded the Boone defense in the fourth — that proved decisive.
He scored four straight points to open the quarter, quickly turning a one-point deficit into a lead. When he was not finishing at the cup, he was drawing fouls and finishing at the line — he made 5 of 5 free throws to close the game.
“The big thing was that some of our senior players, one in particular, stepped up,” Morgan said of Davis. “They were, at times, not guarding him. He was able to go to the rim and make some plays.”
Davis wasn’t alone, either. Senior Adam Denison finished with 17. Tyler Ailshie added 12. Senior Ben Riggs, recently back from injury, made two foul shots in the final minute.
D-B (14-6, 9-1) led by as many as eight during the first half. The Trailblazers rebounded after the break, 10 consecutive points giving them their largest lead of the night, 41-36, with three minutes to go in the third.
Then Davis, and the rest of the Indians, took over.
Kevin Connell had 20 points to anchor Boone (12-7, 4-5). Travis Keever and Austin Reppart each added 10.
“A little bit of our youth came out there toward the end with the turnover,” ’Blazers coach Ryan Arnold said. “These kids are competitors, though. We try to let them play, and sometimes you’re going to throw (the ball) away.
“This is a hard place to win. It’s a great atmosphere.”
Earlier, the D-B ladies roared to life in the second period. They went on to record a decisive 58-30 win.
The Tribe (14-5, 7-2) closed the opening half with 17 unanswered points. Boone (7-11, 3-7), which led 14-10 early in the second quarter, recorded just one field goal in the next 13 minutes — a span in which it was outscored 34-3.
“Their zone slowed us down a little bit at first,” D-B coach Roger France said. “I thought we came out in the third quarter and took control of the game.”
Balance was the key for the Lady Indians. Megan Devine scored 14, Cayley McCaslin added 12 and Hillary Gray 10. Juli Osborne had eight.
Only one Lady ’Blazer reached double digits. April Franklin finished with 10 points.
“This bunch has been ahead of the better teams,” Boone coach Tim Campbell said. “And then it’s like ‘Oh my gosh, we’re ahead and we’re not supposed to win.’ Then we relax, and go scoreless for a while, like we did tonight.
“You might not see it, but we’re getting better.”