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Indians survive slow start, topple Patriots

Douglas Fritz • Dec 19, 2018 at 2:11 AM

DANDRIDGE — Despite encountering a bit of a hornets’ nest Tuesday night at Jefferson County, the Dobyns-Bennett boys basketball team didn’t panic.

Overcoming the Patriots’ quick start, the Indians finally gained a measure of control in the fourth quarter and battled their way to a 63-49 road victory.

RIGHTING THE SHIP

Jefferson County (5-6) jumped ahead by nine points right off the bat as the Indians struggled to find their footing.

“I felt like in the beginning we did a poor job of playing the way we play,” D-B coach Chris Poore said. “I thought we were a little selfish on offense, and we were trying to make the one-on-one play. And we were trying to hit the home run on defense. We were one on one and trying to take the ball from the offensive guy, and that’s not where we’re good.”

The Indians (9-1) trailed 15-9 after one quarter but battled out to a 30-27 halftime lead. Charlie Browder got a dunk that highlighted a strong stretch for the Tribe late in the quarter.

“That spurt we went on was the most energized our team was on both ends,” Poole said. “We had guys screaming on the bench, standing up clapping. We have to have a lot of those plays.”

FOREMAN IN CHARGE

Marae Foreman led the Indians with 20 points, all of them coming in the final three quarters.

“Marae is our energy boost,” Poore said. “He does a little bit of everything. Offensively he attacked. And when he attacks with patience, he’s really, really good.”

Foreman had nine fourth-quarter points to help the Tribe open a 10-point lead, and D-B never let Jefferson County gain real hope.

Browder added 13 points and Riamello Wadsworth totaled 10 for the Indians.

FOR THE PATRIOTS

Jonah Hillard and Ryan Cusick each totaled 12 points for the Patriots. Cusick got his from long distance, bagging four 3-pointers.

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