KINGSPORT — Dobyns-Bennett cruised to an impressive Big 8 Conference boys basketball win Saturday afternoon, beating Sullivan Central 79-35.
D-B (15-4, 7-1) jumped to a quick start, taking an 11-0 lead within the first 90 seconds. Sophomore Makale Foreman hit two of the early field goals, including a shot from 3-point range.
Throughout the remainder of the first half, D-B continued to dominate on both sides of the court.
“Our starters got into a groove on offense and defense very early on in the game. More than anything else, that was a huge key to the victory,” said D-B coach Charlie Morgan.
Senior A.J. Anderson led the Indians with a 20-point outing, going 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Junior guard Jeremiah Sokol added another 13 points after going 5-for-6 at the charity stripe.
Untimely errors proved costly for the Cougars (4-20, 1-7).
The Indians, using a stingy, pressure defense throughout the contest, forced a total of 22 turnovers.
The Tribe continually forced Central into bad decisions and held the Cougars to eight first-half points.
“When you don’t shoot well and turn the ball over as much as we did, you’re going to lose a lot more often than you win. You’re not going to be very competitive,” Central coach Tony Vaughn said.
Morgan said the victory was a complete team effort.
“We came out today and played as a unit,” he said. “The five guys on the floor played together. They made the extra passes they needed to make.”
In the girls’ game, D-B picked up its 16th victory of the season, a 60-33 win.
The Lady Cougars (4-18, 1-8) kept the Lady Indians (16-5, 6-3) within striking distance in the opening moments. After trailing by as many as five points, the Lady Cougars cut the lead to 19-17 near the midway point of the second quarter.
D-B answered the early charge with back-to-back steals by Sasha Morrisette. The Lady Indians’ top scorer, Morrisette finished with 26 points.
“We just sleepwalked a bit through a good part of the first half. We got some players in foul trouble,” said D-B coach Roger France.
The Lady Indians were wide awake in the second half, though, and D-B’s defense held Central to 13 points.
“We were able to play much better after halftime,” France said. “We played with a lot more intensity.”
Sydney Norwood scored 12 points to pace the Lady Cougars.
Central coach Gary Surcey said the past seven days have wreaked havoc on his team’s normal routine.
“The bad weather in the area has definitely had an impact on our normal schedule. It has created a lot of adversity for us to deal with,” he said.