Charlie Browder led the Indians with 15 points, 11 of them in the first half. Marae Foreman finished with 12 and Jared Strickland 11.
“I think that when we’re balanced is when we’re at our best,” Tribe coach Chris Poore said. “We’ve got a lot of guys that can put the ball in the hole and score from different positions. I thought our guys did an extremely good job of finding Charlie early.”
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Recent David Crockett transfer Jared Adkins had a team-high 16 points for Boone. D-B held Trailblazers threat Chad Heglar to just three points — only the fourth time this season that one of Northeast Tennessee’s most explosive scorers was held to less than four.
After taking a 5-3 lead early, the Indians never looked back. They limited the ’Blazers to seven second- quarter points, and Heglar had just one bucket when the teams went to the halftime break with the Tribe up 40-23.
D-B led by as many as 24 points in the second half, suffocating Boone every time down the floor.
“I think we’re making strides to becoming really good by giving up a little bit of ourselves to make our team better,” Poore said. “I see it in several of our guys, giving up opportunities to make the right basketball play. When your team starts sharing like that, you’re really hard to beat.”
WHITSON, LADY INDIANS ROLL
Senior standout Courtney Whitson poured in 34 points in the D-B girls’ key 62-42 Big 7 road win.
The Lady Indians focused on the Lady Trailblazers’ perimeter game defensively, and Boone made only three shots from beyond the arc.
Jaycie Jenkins led Boone with 18 points, but Bayleigh Carmichel was held to just seven and made just one outside shot.
D-B overcame Boone’s troublesome 2-3 zone defense to find some open shots. Whitson made five 3-pointers but was the only D-B player in double figures. Ta-Tionna White had a solid game as the other option in the post, finishing with eight points.