BRISTOL, Tenn. — A prolonged fourth-quarter drought cost Dobyns-Bennett in a first-round contest against Murfreesboro Oakland at the Arby’s Classic on Thursday.
With the score tied at 49, the Patriots outscored the Indians 10-0 during a critical four-minute, nine-second span in the final period of play. Oakland went on to beat D-B 69-55.
For the Indians, Thursday’s game marked a return to Viking Hall, where a fourth-quarter collapse against Tennessee High back on Dec. 17 started D-B’s current four-game skid. After the Tribe tied the game at 49 with 6:01 remaining in the contest, the fourth-quarter funk set in yet again. Oakland slowly but surely built a 59-49 lead before Paul Gadson finally stopped the bleeding for the Indians by hitting a shot at the 1:52 mark.
It proved to be too little, too late for D-B as the Patriots made their foul shots down the stretch to close out the contest. Ricky Dunnaway scored 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds and snagged four steals for Oakland. Kyle Oliver had 16 points, Tarique Hughes scored 14 and Ryan Givens added 10 for the Patriots.
Gadson scored 14 points to pace D-B and John Fulkerson added 12.
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