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Foreman dials long distance in D-B's quarterfinal win

By PAT KENNEY, Sports Correspondent • Feb 24, 2019 at 3:37 AM

KINGSPORT — While it poured raindrops outside, Dobyns-Bennett’s Marae Foreman was raining 3-pointers inside the Buck Van Huss Dome on Saturday night.

Foreman hit five treys in the first half to lead the Indians to a convincing 79-61 win over Morristown West in the Region 1-AAA boys basketball semifinals. The victory propelled D-B (29-3) into Tuesday’s semifinals at Daniel Boone, where the Tribe will take on Morristown East. The Hurricanes knocked out Daniel Boone 85-64 to advance.

Foreman scored 14 of his game-high 25 points in the second quarter when he hit four treys. His sharpshooting helped D-B build a 47-30 halftime lead.

“I came out with the mentality to score,” Foreman said. “The guys trusted me to knock down those shots.”

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The Trojans (23-7) held Foreman scoreless in the third quarter and narrowed the deficit to 54-45 heading into the final period.

“Marae was in a special, special place in the first half,” said D-B coach Chris Poore. “They put some length on Foreman in the second half to disrupt his outside shot and it took us a little while to adapt.

“I was proud of the way the guys adjusted and gutted it out in the fourth quarter.”

D-B fought off West’s attempt to rally in the fourth quarter and eventually pulled away. The Indians hit 10 of 11 free throws down the stretch to keep the Trojans at bay.

“Foreman caused us a lot of trouble in the first half,” said West coach Jonathan Smith. “We were able to cut it to single digits in the third quarter but just had too many turnovers and missed free throws to get back in it.”

Charlie Browder added 18 points and 12 rebounds and Riamello Wadsworth scored 15 for D-B.

“Marae had a heck of a first half,” Browder said. “We had the slow start to start the second half, but I thought we responded well to what Coach Poore wanted us to do. We got back to doing the things we needed to do to get the win.”

Jamal Spradling led the Trojans with 23 points and Makai Olden scored 12.

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