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Foreman's attack powers Tribe over 'Toppers

Douglas Fritz • Jan 18, 2019 at 11:44 PM

JOHNSON CITY — Marae Foreman tormented Science Hill’s basketball team Friday.

The Indians’ guard had his way, totaling 25 of his 29 points in the first half of Dobyns-Bennett’s important Big 7 Conference 63-53 road win at The New Gym.

“The coaches told me to attack,” Foreman said. “(Riamello Wadsworth) had foul trouble, so I had to step up and catch his points. We played as a team, played good defense, and it just led to fast breaks, and we played fast.”

D-B (18-3, 6-1) broke free of a first-place tie with the Hilltoppers (11-12, 5-2) in the Big 7 but remained deadlocked with Tennessee High in the loss column.

FOREMAN STRIKES EARLY

With Wadsworth departing the court early after a pair of fouls, Foreman picked up the slack. He found path after path to the basket, and his soft releases found their target even if they bounced gently on the rim a time or two.

Behind Foreman’s play, the Indians were able to open a 34-25 halftime advantage.

“Mello got two quick fouls and that put us in a bind,” said D-B coach Chris Poore. “But we had players step up, and Marae stepped up in a big way tonight. It couldn’t happen to a better kid.”

Poore said Foreman’s soft touch comes from skill and practice.

“He’s definitely skilled, and he works on his game a lot,” the coach said.

Said Foreman: “I practice in the gym a lot, keeping touch on my layups and floaters.”

COMEBACK THREAT

The Indians seemed to be cruising with a 40-28 lead midway through the third quarter. But thanks in part to a pair of 3-pointers from Jordan McLoyd, Science Hill pulled within 40-36 with 1:45 to go in the period.

After a timeout and a missed fast-break opportunity, Foreman answered with a scoop layup and the Tribe got a pair of free throws from Wadsworth to close the quarter with an eight-point edge.

D-B scored the first four points of the fourth, and Science Hill didn’t mount another major threat the rest of the way.

SCORING STANDOUTS

Wadsworth had all 13 of his points and Browder totaled eight of his 10 in the second half.

McLoyd knocked down four 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 21 points in a superb night for Science Hill.

“He put some points on the board and shot it really well for us,” said Hilltoppers coach Ken Cutlip. “He was the only one tonight. He knocked down open shots and did a good job of attacking the basket. Unfortunately we’ve had kids with really outstanding games offensively, and then we don’t have anything to go with it.”

The only other player threatening double figures was Kendle Cutlip. He hit a pair of treys and finished with nine points.

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