“This was the best year of my life, the best three years. For it to come to an end with these guys, it gives me a numb feeling. The sun is still gonna rise tomorrow and it’s going to set, but the friendship will never go away. I just want to thank everybody that supported us and just don’t stop supporting Crockett basketball. Even though the seniors are leaving, there are still guys that are still on this team that need your support.”
— Patrick Good, Senior Point Guard
By COLLIN BROOKS
A historic season came to an end for the David Crockett Pioneers last Wednesday, March 16, as the Pioneers fell to Station Camp 78-68 during the first round of the TSSAA AAA State Tournament at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro.
Station Camp (35-2) would go on to lose to Cordova on Friday, March 18, who went on to lose in the state championship contest to Memphis East. That means that 15 of the last 17 AAA boys state champions have come from Shelby County.
David Crockett (30-5) ended its season with the first-ever state tournament appearance, but that didn’t really make the pill of defeat any easier to shallow for the Pioneers.
“Just to know that we got here, it’s not good enough, but we can look back; we can say that we have done things that other people haven’t done,” a tearful Patrick Good said after the contest. “We are still young, so you really can’t grasp history that you have made yet, but I think within five or 10 years, it will kind of sink in…It will be a great feeling to look back on. Obviously only one team can win it, but it’s a good feeling to know that we were one of the eight.”
Good was second in scoring with 22 points for DCHS, with senior Dustin Day leading the team with 23 points and nine rebounds. The only other Pioneer to score in double digits was Brendan Coleman, who finished with 13 points and nine rebounds, but was plagued by foul trouble, finally fouling out with 1:22 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Coleman said after the contest that the teams motto for the season had been “Brotherhood, perseverance, fight and love,” and the Pioneers showed plenty of that throughout the contest. After six lead changes in the second period, the Pioneers were finally able to grab the lead at 23-22 with 3:44 before the half. However, a 7-0 run by the Bisons gave them a 29-23 lead heading into the locker room.
Crockett came out of the locker room and scored the first bucket to cut the lead to four, but Station Camp went on to outscore DC 20-9 through the rest of the third quarter.
However, Good knew that his team wouldn’t stop.
“I knew we weren’t going to stop fighting and they knew the same thing,” Good said. “We’ve been down all year and, like Brendan said, one of the words was perseverance and that is kind of what we have stuck to.”
A 7-0 run was sparked by the Pioneers to start the fourth quarter, bringing them closer at 49-43 with 6:45 left, but the Pioneers were never able to get over the hump and it seemed like the Pioneers just ran out of gas at the end.
The Pioneers had trouble finding the basket, shooting a combined 24-70 (34 percent) from field goal range and 9-35 (26 percent) from behind the arc. But perhaps the more telling statistic was the fact that the Pioneers went 11-15 from the free throw line while their opponent was able to connect on 27 of 39 of their attempts.
“I think we were maybe a step outside of our range, maybe, on a lot of them and that is why we were a little short,” David Crockett Coach John Good said.
The Bisons got off to a quick start, when Alcorn State commit Yalen Reed opened the contest with a put-back dunk in the first 30 seconds of the game. Another bucket had the Pioneers down 5-0 just over a minute into the contest. However, the Pioneers seemed to calm their nerves during the rest of the quarter, as they barged back to take a 10-8 lead with 3:17 remaining in the first quarter. The teams went back and forth during the rest of the quarter, but a lay-up by Station Camp’s Peyton Anderson, with no time left on the clock gave the Bison the 15-14 lead at the end of the first.
The Bison had four players score in double figures with Chase Freeman leading the way with 18 points. Reed finished with 17, while Sawyer Taylor and Keaton Dotson contributed 14 and 11 respectively.
The loss didn’t damper what they have accomplished.
“It was great,” said Coach Good, about the season, pausing as emotion started to get the best of him. “These kids, they worked hard. They took unjust ridicule, but they came to work everyday and they did everything that we asked them to do and they are the reason why I like coaching.
“It was a great run. I love these guys.”
His son and David Crockett’s all-time leading scorer, Patrick Good, who finished off his career with 2,714 points in his career, echoed his dad’s feelings.
“This was the best year of my life, the best three years. For it to come to an end with these guys, it gives me a numb feeling,” Patrick Good said. “The sun is still gonna rise tomorrow and it’s going to set, but the friendship will never go away. I just want to thank everybody that supported us and just don’t stop supporting Crockett basketball. Even though the seniors are leaving, there are still guys that are still on this team that need your support.”