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Boone falls short in regional championship game

From STAFF REPORTS
The Daniel Boone High School boys’ basketball team fell short of a Region 1-AAA championship last week, losing to Dobyns-Bennett.
Boone defeated D-B in the District 1-AAA Tournament championship late last month, but couldn’t repeat the feat in the region championship, falling to the Indians, 76-72.
By half time, the Trailblazers were trailing 45-34, a deficit that only increased in the third quarter when D-B stretched its lead to 56-45.
Boone came back, though, getting the game within three points with just under four minutes remaining. With the score at 65-52, the Indians took advantage of a handful of free throws afforded to them, forcing the Trailblazers back into an 8-point deficit.
Trailblazers Kevin Connell and Travis Keever kept Boone in the game, each hitting a three-pointer followed by three successful free throws by Keever.
Keever ended the night with 23 points while Connell recorded 13 points in the loss.
To get to the Region 1-AAA championship game, Boone faced Science Hill in the region semifinals held in Morristown on March 2.
In that game, Boone proved its district tournament upset of the Johnson City school in late February wasn’t just a fluke, once again defeating the Hilltoppers — this time by a score of 66-62 — to move on to the championship game.
In that game, Keever racked up 11 points in the fourth quarter alone to help clinch the sectional berth and move on to the regional championship. Keever ended the night with 19 points. Other Boone scorers included senior Jordan Gray, who recorded 18 points, including 4 three-pointers; and Hayden Chandley, who put up 11 points.
Connell and freshman Ryan Gaitor each recorded 6 points in the win.
On Monday, Boone traveled to Knoxville to compete in a Sectional match up against Bearden. A win in that game would mark Boone’s first-ever appearance in the Class AAA state tournament. For full coverage of the game, visit www.heraldandtribune.com.