The Pioneers of David Crockett and the Trailblazers of Daniel Boone tipped off the first game of the Big 7 conference tournament at Viking Hall on Feb. 10.
The elimination matchup between the rivals determined the next step for the two teams, with the winner moving to the second round of the conference tournament and a guaranteed spot in the regional. The loser saw their season come to an end.
For the third time this year, the Pioneers topped the Blazers, 76-61, effectively ending Boones season.
Crockett never trailed in the contest as the Blazers were unable to find an answer to the Pioneers dynamic duo of Dustin Day and Patrick Good.
The two combined for 53 points with Day pouring in 28 and Good finishing with 25.
Crockett jumped out to an 18-8 first quarter lead and a 40-21 advantage at the half.
Day had his best quarter of the contest in the third, posting 10 points and helping Crockett maintain a 20-point advantage by the end of the stanza.
Despite outscoring the Pioneers in the fourth, the 20-point Crockett advantage was too great for Boone to overcome as their season dwindled to a close.
In his final basketball game as a Blazer, senior Dillon Reppart led the Boone scoring effort with 14 points.
Aaron Shelton, also a senior, added 13 points and 10 rebounds to post a double-double before exiting the game with a knee injury.
Along with his 25 points, Good also finished with a double-double tallying 13 assists.
With the win, Crockett advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament to play top seed Dobyns-Bennett.
That contest was pushed back to Feb. 15 due to last weeks winter storm.
Pioneers face D-B
Both teams entered the contest playing their top basketball of the season, and the Pioneers and Indians put together one of the best games of the year.
After playing to a 9-9 tie in the first quarter, DB took a 6-point lead into the half.
Crockett bounced back in the third quarter to cut the Indian lead to just three points with eight minutes to go in the contest.
In the fourth, the Pioneers charged ahead maintaining a three-point advantage with just seconds remaining.
But Dobyns-Bennett didnt go down quietly, as an Indian basket with 10 seconds remaining cut the Crockett lead to just one.
The ensuing Pioneer possession pushed the lead back to three points after Day converted both free throws following a DB foul.
With just seconds remaining in the contest, Crockett chose not to foul, allowing the Indians a last second shot attempt to tie.
Malik Foreman took the last-second three to beat the buzzer and send the contest to overtime, with the teams locked at 71.
Dobyns-Bennett took off in overtime, finishing the Pioneers off 89-81.
Day and Good once again guided the Pioneers in the contest with Good leading all scorers with 39 points and Day adding 24.
While the Pioneers win over Boone assured them a spot in the regional tournament, now they will be playing for seeding in the finals consolation match against Science Hill on Feb. 18.
Boys District 1-AAA Tournament
(All games played
at Viking Hall)
#4 David Crockett – 76
#5 Daniel Boone – 61
#2 Tennessee High – 77 #7 Sullivan Central – 44
#3 Science Hill – 65
#6 Volunteer – 49
#1 Dobyns-Bennett – 89
#4 David Crockett – 81 Overtime
#2 Tennessee High – 52 #3 Science Hill – 51 Overtime
#3 Science Hill vs. #4 David Crockett, 6 p.m.
#1 Dobyns-Bennett vs. #2 Tennessee High 7:30 p.m.