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Tribe gives away Big 7 game with Vikings

December 17th, 2013 11:48 pm by Dave Ongie

Tribe gives away Big 7 game with Vikings

BRISTOL, Tenn. — It is often said this time of year that it’s better to give than receive.

But on Tuesday night inside Viking Hall, Dobyns-Bennett’s boys basketball team gave until it hurt.

The Indians (6-4, 2-2) turned over the ball 19 times — 12 in the second half — and blew a 17-point third-quarter lead en route to a disappointing 58-56 loss to Tennessee High in a key Big 7 Conference game.

D-B led 47-30 late in the third quarter before a flurry of miscues allowed the hard-charging Vikings back into the game. Adam Mitchell knocked down a clutch 3-pointer with 24 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give Tennessee High a 57-56 lead and Chase Branscomb added a foul shot with 10.6 seconds left to provide the final margin.

Caleb Easterling led the way with 16 points and Branscomb added 13 for the Vikings (8-2, 3-1), who outscored the Tribe 24-6 in the final period.

Devin Stuart led D-B with 12 points. John Fulkerson and Paul Gadson added 11 each.

Tennessee High also won the girls' contest. The Lady Vikings erased an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to score a 59-53 win over an injury-ravaged D-B squad.

Kelsey Stoops led Tennessee High (2-5, 2-2) with 13 points and Logan Tart added 11.

Sasha Morrisette poured in 26 points for D-B (5-5, 1-3) before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Madi Kilby added 12 points on four 3-pointers.

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

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