Dobyns-Bennett's Matt Halvorsen (22) drives past Jefferson County's Malik Styles (10) at the Buck Van Huss Dome on Wednesday.
KINGSPORT — The Dobyns-Bennett boys basketball team ended its regular season on a high note in the Buck Van Huss Dome on Wednesday.
The Indians beat No. 3-ranked Jefferson County 57-44, the Tribe’s 11th win in a row.
The Patriots (24-4) had beaten D-B by three points in Dandridge early in the season. On Wednesday the Indians used a strong second-half performance to leave no doubt about the outcome this time around.
“Down there we only had one or two guys playing defense,” said D-B coach Charlie Morgan. “Tonight everyone on the floor gave great effort on defense. Holding Jefferson County to just four points in the third quarter was really big.”
The Indians (17-8) held a 30-27 halftime lead, then outscored the Patriots 13-4 in the crucial third stanza to take control of the contest.
Makale Foreman led D-B with 17 points while Tyleke Love added 11. John Fulkerson had six blocks for the Tribe.
John Bryant led Jefferson County with 17 points and seven rebounds. The Pats Brice Cusick added 16 points and 11 boards.
D-B will be the No. 1 seed in next week’s District 1-AAA tournament. The Indians don’t play again until the semifinals next Friday at Viking Hall.
In the girls game, the Lady Indians used a balanced attack to subdue the Lady Patriots 46-30.
Sasha Morrisette led the D-B (18-8) attack with 11 points while Madi Kilby, Cortney Depew and Alex Anderson scored eight points each.
Alexandria Alder and Brooke Taylor had six points apiece for Jefferson County (16-10).
For an expanded version of this article, please see Thursday's print edition or our electronic edition.