Players from Sullivan Central and Dobyns-Bennett vie for the opening tip Monday in Blountville. (Ned Jilton II photo)
BLOUNTVILLE — Ball control has been a major concern for Dobyns-Bennett throughout the season. But for the second game in a row, the Indians limited their number of turnovers and the result was a second straight win, this time 89-55 over Sullivan Central in Big 7 Conference play.
“It was a good win in that we came over here and competed and played throughout,” said Tribe coach Charlie Morgan. “We took care of the basketball. One stat had us for 11 turnovers and another had us at nine, so any time you can take care of the basketball you have the chance to be successful.”
D-B’s John Fulkerson set the tone of the game early. The 6-foot-7 junior opened with a dunk and followed with another three minutes later.
Fulkerson led all scorers and finished the evening with 18 points.
While D-B was controlling the ball, Central was coping with several different problems.
“We gave up too many easy layups and we were always losing a man underneath. In the second half we made too many turnovers and you can’t win making 26 turnovers,” said Cougars coach Tony Vaughn.
A spark for the Indians (9-8, 4-2) was the play of Tyleke Love off the bench. Love scored 16 points and had several impressive passes for assists.
Lucas Parker led Central (3-16, 0-5) with 12 points, all on 3-point baskets, and Nathan Wise contributed 10 points.
The Lady Cougars (4-12, 0-4) held tight for one quarter before D-B (12-6, 3-3) pulled away for a 46-30 win.
The teams were tied at 9 after the first quarter before the Lady Indians took command.
Central had a hard time stopping the inside force of Alex Anderson, who fought her way to a game-high 18 points.
Sasha Morrisette followed up with 14 points.
Alyssa Rupert was top scorer for Central with eight points.For an expanded version of this article, please see Tuesday's print edition or our electronic edition.