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D-B beats Tennessee High, reigns in Big 7

By JOHNNY WILSON, Sports Correspondent • Feb 6, 2019 at 2:39 AM

KINGSPORT — Dobyns-Bennett’s boys basketball team knows who’s buttered its collective bread over the season, and the Indians looked to their three-headed meal ticket Tuesday night to claim supremacy in the Big 7 Conference.

Facing the only team to blemish its league resume, D-B took care of Tennessee High this time around, claiming a 62-42 verdict at the Buck Van Huss Dome in a game that wasn’t lopsided until the very end.

The Indians (24-3, 10-1) clinched the league regular-season title and a top seed in the District 1-AAA tournament later this month.

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“When we went over to their place, we had a tough night,” said D-B senior Riamello Wadsworth, referring to the Tribe’s 61-60 loss at Tennessee High on Jan. 11. “We had a chip on our shoulder tonight to prove to everyone what we were made of, and that was our mindset.”

MELLO LEADS D-B

A high-flying 6-foot-3 senior forward, Wadsworth combined with 6-7 pivot man Charlie Browder to spur the Indians’ decisive 9-0 spurt in the third quarter, wiping out a 30-29 THS lead and giving D-B a 38-30 advantage with just over two minutes left in the period.

Wadsworth started the rally 90 seconds earlier with a 3-point jumper from the corner, while the long-armed Browder scored back-to-back buckets on the baseline, compliments of penetrating point guard Marae Foreman.

Foreman scored in transition during the flurry, and Tennessee High could not recover. The Vikings (21-7, 8-3) — committing five turnovers on six possessions during this onslaught — never got closer than five points thereafter.

Wadsworth finished with 23 points, Browder 18 and Foreman 14.

The Indians outscored the Vikings 21-6 over the final eight minutes.

“The three guys who do the heavy work for us offensively, we took it upon ourselves to get it done right there,” Wadsworth said. “When Marae pushes the tempo like that it creates opportunities for everyone, myself included. And Charlie in the lane there, that’s a high-percentage shot and we’re going to look to for him, especially as the season goes along in the playoffs.

“We got it rolling defensive and that turned it for us.”

No player scored in double figures for Tennessee High, which will likely still claim the No. 2 seed in the District 1-AAA tournament.

Each team has one game left.

LADY INDIANS CRUISE

The Dobyns-Bennett girls claimed a methodical 48-21 win over last-place Tennessee High, keeping the Lady Indians (23-5, 10-1) tied atop the Big 7 loss column with Science Hill with one week to go in the regular season.

D-B finishes its league slate at home Friday against Volunteer and will likely end up deadlocked with Science Hill in the Big 7 title chase.

Courtney Whitson led D-B to this win, tossing in 14 points to lead all scorers.

The Lady Indians held an 8-2 lead over the Lady Vikings (7-19, 1-10) after one period and were up 22-8 at halftime.

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