GATE CITY — Dylan Jenkins scored 29 points, including a 5-for-5 showing at the free throw line in the fourth quarter, and Gate City held off Abingdon 61-55 in a non-district thriller Friday night.
Sophomore John Reed Barnes added 14 points for the Blue Devils (10-4), who opened their season with a win at the Falcons’ roost in December.
Abingdon (10-7) trailed 29-21 at the half and was behind by five headed into the final period.
The Blue Devils had pushed the margin to 12 when the Falcons’ Josh Hess, who finished with 17 points, knocked down a 3-pointer with 4:35 remaining in the game.
Lukas Hart, who finished with 12 points, managed to get loose for three more consecutive trifectas. The third trey, a second-chance shot manufactured amidst the chaos after a rimmed-out Hess attempt, brought Abingdon to within 53-52 with 2:56 left to play.
Gate City bought some space with a pair of Jenkins free throws and a timely bucket from Michael Collier, staying aloft with a 4-for-7 showing from the free throw line over the final half-minute.
Hess hit a last-gasp 3 that cut it to 58-55 with 20 seconds showing, but that’s as close as the Falcons got.
Matthew Knight scored 20 points to lead Abingdon, also pulling down eight rebounds.
Collier bagged seven boards for the Blue Devils. Brandon Baskette distributed seven assists and Caleb Herron grabbed six rebounds.
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