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Foreman scores 33, powers Tribe to district crown

Jeff Birchfield • Feb 20, 2019 at 2:50 AM

GRAY — After dominating the regular season, Marae Foreman and his Dobyns-Bennett teammates took Science Hill’s best shot to win their second straight District 1-AAA boys basketball championship.

Led by a 33-point performance by Foreman, the Indians pulled away late to defeat the Hilltoppers 67-53 Tuesday night at Daniel Boone.

After sweeping the Big 7 and District 1-AAA titles, the Indians (28-3) will look to add the Region 1-AAA title starting Saturday when they host Morristown West in the quarterfinal round.

“You have to give the credit where it’s due,” D-B coach Chris Poore said. “These kids worked and battled from Day 1. They’re a tough group who have played together a long time. The boys, every single night in the conference, every single night in the tournament, they withstood the test.

“We knew Science Hill was going to fight and scrap until the last second of the game, but our guys fought right with them.”

View the photo gallery from the championship game

Foreman, the smallest man on the court, made the largest impact. The 5-foot-6 senior guard earned his second straight district tournament MVP award. He knocked down four shots from 3-point range and hit 11 of 15 from the free-throw line to get to the 33 points.

He capped off his championship-game performance by throwing an alley-oop pass to Charlie Browder for a two-handed slam dunk in the closing seconds.

“This means the world to us,” Foreman said. “We worked every day for this in practice. We worked hard in the offseason and we got this championship. That was the best feeling to finish it like that. Charlie is my man and he brought it home.”

Riamello Wadsworth scored 12 points and Browder added 10.

The Hilltoppers (16-16) made a strong showing in the tournament, defeating higher-seeded Tennessee High in the semifinals and leading at the end of three quarters against the Tribe.

Jake Matherne led Science Hill with 14 points and eight rebounds. Jordan McLoyd scored nine points, followed by Will Stevens with seven. Drew Morrison battled inside to collect seven rebounds.

“I’m extremely proud of our kids,” Science Hill coach Ken Cutlip said. “I thought our focus and effort was outstanding. Dobyns-Bennett is just an outstanding team and they closed the game better than we did. We were in it, but they’re a senior-led ballclub and I felt like their seniors stepped up and made plays.”

D-B led 20-17 at the end of the first quarter after Keynan Cutlip’s game-tying, halfcourt shot was ruled after the buzzer. The Indians stretched the lead to 10 points in the second quarter before taking a 41-34 lead into halftime.

Science Hill scored the first nine points of the third, taking the lead on a Matherne hook shot before Browder responded on the other end. Foreman put D-B ahead early in the fourth. After a tying basket by the Hilltoppers’ Hunter Phillips, Wadsworth scored on an old-fashioned, 3-point play and the Indians led the rest of the way.

TRAILBLAZERS OUTLAST VIKINGS

Daniel Boone (13-13) scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter and held on to defeat Tennessee High (23-9) 85-81 despite a 34-point effort by the Vikings’ Christian Webb in the third-place game.

Chad Heglar led the Trailblazers with 21 points, followed by Cade Norris with 20. Marshall Golden tallied 18, Jared Adkins added 14 and Judah Hilton had 10.

“I thought we were completely unselfish and that’s how we’ve got to play,” Boone coach Chris Brown said. “When we’re playing well, we’re moving the ball and bodies are moving. That’s a credit to our guys for just buying in.”

Daniel Boone’s strong finish came after a slow start.

Tennessee High scored the game’s first seven points only to see Boone battle back and take the lead early in the second quarter. The teams continued to go back and forth the rest of the first half, with a late 3-pointer by Brandon Brown giving the Vikings the 36-35 halftime lead.

The ’Blazers scored the first 10 of the final period to open up a 65-56 lead. Tennessee High closed within five on multiple occasions and then three, 82-79, on an three-point play by Webb. But Adkins and Hilton closed out the game at the free-throw line.

Cole McBrayer scored 14 points and Brandon Brown netted 10 for the Vikings.

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