JOHNSON CITY — In December, basketball coaches are trying to learn things about their teams, things that will hopefully pay dividends in March.
Sometimes, the lessons can be painful.
On Friday, during the third annual Kia Classic at Science Hill, a veteran Oak Ridge squad did all the teaching against a youthful Dobyns-Bennett squad. The Wildcats held the Indians to just eight second-half points, none in the fourth quarter, and waltzed away with a 68-38 victory.
This game came on the heels of another schooling: Murfreesboro Siegel earlier overwhelmed undermanned Gate City 101-39.
“Oak Ridge did a lot of good things tonight,” said D-B coach Charlie Morgan. “Our youth and inexperience showed against them.”
“The kids will learn more going up against a team like Oak Ridge,” Morgan added. “The things we work on in practice will make more sense.”
Gate City played without starters Andy Arnold and Michael Collier, who were sidelined because of illness.
“Not having them really hurt,” said Gate City coach Scott Vermillion. “We just didn’t have our normal chemistry.
“Siegel is a very good basketball team. We play these games for a purpose. In the long run it will make us better. I just wish we could have kept it closer.”
For the complete story, pick up a copy of the Dec. 22 edition of the Times-News.