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Tribe passes pre-postseason test at Greeneville

Douglas Fritz • Jan 27, 2019 at 1:48 AM

GREENEVILLE — Late-season momentum is important enough to hold on tightly at every corner.

In a nonconference boys basketball game Saturday at Hal Henard Gym, Dobyns-Bennett held off a very determined Greeneville team for a 54-51 win.

D-B coach Chris Poore said he scheduled this game for a specific reason.

“We want to play a team that is playing well late in the season, and Greeneville offers that,” said Poore, whose team improved to 20-3 overall. “They always go deep in the postseason and you know they are going to be physical and give you a battle.”

DOWN THE STRETCH

Charlie Browder hit a bucket in the lane with 2:30 left that put D-B ahead 51-49. It was a small margin, but Greeneville (14-10) couldn’t negotiate it.

“Charlie is a big part of the offense,” Poore said. “He’s a player we can depend on game in and game out. He made that big shot, and he also had a dunk for the second straight game.”

Browder also had a tough defensive rebound after a miss on Greeneville’s ensuing possession.

Marae Foreman helped finish off the win by knocking down 3 of 4 free throws in the final minute.

“I was tough on Marae all day,” Poore said. “It was good to see him hit those free throws. He’s a competitor.”

Foreman finished with 13 points.

FROM BREATHER TO TIGHT BATTLE

It looked like the Indians would be able to pull away for a comfortable win over the Greene Devils. They built a double-digit second-quarter lead and were up 31-20 at the break.

“Greeneville has a great team,” Browder said. “We came out shooting well, but then the shots stopped falling. Greeneville has really good shooters and they started knocking shots down and that got them back in it.”

The third quarter was Greeneville’s domain. The Greene Devils continually knocked down clutch shots, and by the end of the third quarter it was a flat-footed 40-40 tie.

Greeneville was led by Jaevon Gillespie and Tyler Marsh, who each had 11 points.

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