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Crockett captures Hardees Classic

As holiday shoppers poured into department stores and malls all across the country for Black Friday, Pioneer players and coaches returned to David Crockett High School in pursuit of their own prize, the 2014 Hardees Classic Championship.
After four wins in four games, the Pioneers concluded the 25th installment of the Classic on Nov. 29, capturing their fourth championship in tournament history with a 60-46 win over Greeneville.
Ten teams converged in Jonesborough for the event, which was played over a four-day installment last week.
Crockett opened play in the Classic against Cherokee in the final game of the tournament’s first night on Nov. 24.
The Pioneers opened the first quarter on a 14-0 run before the Chiefs netted their first basket of the contest.
Crockett would lead 21-6 by the end of the first stanza and took a comfortable 40-14 lead to intermission.
The Cherokee offense would get on track in the third quarter but couldn’t slow the Pioneer scoring.
Crockett would coast to an easy win in the fourth quarter, tallying a final score of 83-50.
Although the majority of his points came in the first half, phenomenal sophomore guard and last year’s Big 7 Player of the Year, Patrick Good, led the Pioneers with 22 points.
Ian Martin and Dustin Day each added 14 points, and Peyton Ford sunk four three-pointers to total 12 points.
The Pioneer win set up a quarterfinals contest the next night against Sullivan East.
Crockett would again jump out to a quick start in the opening three minutes, scoring the first 11 points of the game.
Adjustments by Sullivan East would slow the Pioneers over the remaining five minutes of the first quarter, and the stanza concluded with Crockett controlling a 14-8 advantage.
The Pioneer offense caught fire in the second, tallying 27 points to East’s 11, and the Pioneers went to half in full control of the contest, 41-19.
East would push the Pioneers out of the gates in the second quarter, but were never able to cut the Crockett lead to single digits.
East’s quick start to the second half wouldn’t last and Crockett closed out the game over the last quarter and a half to take an impressive 70-43 win.
Good again paced the Pioneers with a game-high 22 points.
Noah Leonard and Day also tallied double-figures in scoring, finishing with 13 and 11 points respectively.
After the conclusion of the tournament’s second night, the teams broke for Thanksgiving on Nov. 26 and 27 before returning for the semifinals round on Nov. 28.
Crockett met Hampton with the winner of the bout stamping their spot in Saturday’s championship game.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, Good wasn’t just good, he was great.
The sophomore shot an unbelievable 15-of-19 from the field which included six three-pointers to finish with a game-high 43 points.
The teams played to an 18-17 opening quarter, but Crockett would punch their ticket to the championship with a big second and third quarter effort where they outscored Hampton 48-27.
The Bulldogs would close that gap in the fourth quarter, but it wouldn’t matter as the Pioneers held on for an 80-64 final score.
Aside from Good, no other Pioneer scored in double-figures, but they didn’t need to.
Day was closest with nine points.
The win set up a Saturday night championship matchup against Greeneville.
After never really being threatened over their first three tournament contests, the Pioneers found themselves in trouble early against a Greeneville team set on spoiling the host’s fourth Classic title.
The Green Devils held the Pioneer offense in check early and provided enough offense to build a 20-12 lead by the end of the first quarter.
The teams would play even through most of the second quarter, until Crockett finally hit their stride with just minutes remaining before the half.
The Pioneers scored the last seven points of the second quarter to finally even the score at 28.
Crockett would score first to take their first lead of the contest early in the third quarter, but neither offense could get their scoring going enough to steal momentum.
The Pioneers maintained a 37-36 lead at the end of the third quarter, and the teams went to the fourth with the game still anybody’s to win.
After three lackluster quarters, the Pioneers finally put it all together midway through the fourth quarter, turning a four-point lead into a double-digit win.
Crockett Pioneers outscored the Greeneville Green Devils over the final quarter 23-10 to capture the Classic Championship in a 60-46 victory.