Dobyns-Bennett's John Fulkerson shoots over Chase Branscomb of Tennessee High during Thursday's Big 7 Conference game in Kingsport. Photo by Ned Jilton II.
KINGSPORT — Anyone who saw Dobyns-Bennett’s fourth-quarter collapse against Tennessee High last month likely had a sense of déjà vu as the the rematch between the two schools unfolded inside the Buck Van Huss Dome on Thursday night.
After trailing by 15 points at the end of the third quarter, the Vikings roared back to tie the game at 55 with 11.5 seconds left in the game.
But this time, the Indians found a way to win.
Tennessee High fouled Matt Halvorsen while he was attempting a 3-pointer with one second remaining. Halvorsen went 2-for-3 from the line, and a half-court heave by Tennessee High’s Caleb Easterling glanced harmlessly off the right side of the backboard as time expired, allowing the Tribe to escape with a 57-55 win and a share of first place in the Big 7 Conference.
Tyleke Love scored 15 points to lead D-B while John Fulkerson added 11 before fouling out midway through the fourth quarter. Paul Gadson was in foul trouble early, but came back after halftime and scored all 10 of his points in the third quarter to help push D-B’s lead to 15.
Adam Mitchell led Tennessee High with 15 points and Chase Branscomb added 13. Easterling and Zak Kitzmiller scored 10 each for the Vikings.
The Lady Indians came away with a 51-46 win in the girls contest thanks to a balanced scoring attack. Cortney Depew led D-B with 14 points and Sasha Morrisette scored 13 while Madi Kilby and Alex Anderson added 11 apiece.
Sheena Johnson dropped a game-high 16 points to pace the Lady Vikings.