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Tift County wears down Crockett in Arby's semifinals

DAVE ONGIE, NET News Service • Dec 31, 2015 at 12:34 AM

BRISTOL, Tenn. — As David Crockett flew out to a 10-2 lead at the beginning of Wednesday night’s Arby’s Classic semifinal contest against Tift County, the roar of the capacity crowd inside Viking Hall made it hard to conjure up a coherent thought.

But as the team out of Tift County, Ga., methodically pushed its lead into double-digits in the third quarter, the crowd fell silent enough to hear the squeaking of the sneakers on the floor.

It was music to the Blue Devils’ ears.

“(Coach) told us there was going to be a big crowd,” said Tift County’s Iman Holley. “He just told us we had to play and get the crowd out of the game. If we get the crowd out of the game, we’ll be able to focus better.”

Tift County wore down a Crockett team coming off two straight double-overtime wins, outscoring the Pioneers 43-24 in the second half to pick up a 72-55 victory. With the win, the Blue Devils advanced to the championship game of the Arby’s Classic. Crockett will play for third place Thursday night.

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