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Pioneers capture overtime win in epic battle against Boone

The hardwood rivalry between Daniel Boone and David Crockett never fails to disappoint and once again lived up to its billing in the first clash of the season between the two teams. The Pioneers captured a thrilling overtime win over the Blazers, 64-62.
Both the Pioneers and Blazers entered the Dec. 6 contest at Boone following conference wins earlier in the week.
At home against Volunteer on Dec. 3, the Blazers put together their most impressive defensive effort of the season to secure 57-44 win over the Falcons.
Boone opened the contest with a 17-9 first quarter lead and led 25-17 at the half. But the third quarter would be the biggest for the Blazers.
Maintaining just an eight-point lead to open the second half, the Blazers outscored Volunteer 18-7 to take a 19 point lead into the fourth quarter. Despite Volunteer saving their best offensive effort of the contest until the end, the third quarter advantage proved to be the decider.
Dillon Reppart keyed the Blazer win, scoring nearly half of his team’s total points, finishing with 26. No other Blazer reached double-figures in scoring.
The Pioneers also added a conference victory in a 70-53 win over Sullivan Central in Jonesborough on Dec. 3.
The Pioneers used a big first half to build a lead and then held it over the final two quarters. Crockett jumped out to a 17-11 lead after the first stanza and outscored the Cougars 15-7 in the second to control a 32-18 lead at the half.
Central would outscore the Pioneers in the third quarter 20-19, but Crockett thwarted any chance of a comeback in the final eight minutes, outscoring the visitors 19-15.
Patrick Good led all scorers with 20 points in the win.
The Pioneer and Blazer wins set up an early, but important conference matchup between the two rivals, where the winner would hold a lead over the other near the top of the Big 7 standings.
In a test between two of the conference’s best guards, Reppart and Good continually willed their respective teams toward victory throughout the entirety of the contest.
Both were tremendous as Good led the Pioneers with 32 points and Reppart nearly matched the talented sophomore’s tally, finishing with 26.
A hectic pace ensued from the contest’s opening tip, with Boone holding just an 18-16 advantage after the first eight minutes.
The teams played to an even 13-13 score in the second quarter and Boone went to the half on their home floor with a 31-29 lead.
Crockett would draw even with Boone in the third quarter after outscoring the Blazers 14-12, sending the game to the final eight minutes with the score tied at 45.
In the fourth, the Blazer offense would slow and the Good led Pioneers would eventually build an eight-point lead with just minutes remaining.
But the Boone senior guard would will his team back into the contest. Over the final minute, Reppart drained two three-pointers and a jumper to pull the Blazers back even, sending the game to overtime with the teams locked at 56.
Good had a chance to end it in regulation with a three-pointer, but the shot went awry.
In overtime, the teams continually went back-and-forth at one another, with Crockett finally scoring with seconds left to take a two-point advantage.
Boone would have one last chance to win the game on a Zach Rafalowski heave just past half court, but the shot just missed and Crockett escaped Bobby Snyder Gymnasium with a 64-62 win and a first place rank atop the Big 7 standings.
While the contest was controlled from the onset by Good and Reppart, Crockett’s Dustin Day contributed 14 points and Boone’s Ty Jones added 13.
The loss drops the Blazers to third in the conference with a 1-2 mark and 6-4 overall. They will next play on Dec. 9 at home against Morristown West before opening play in the Round Ball in the Palace on Dec. 13.
With the win, Crockett improves to 9-2 on the season and 3-0 in the conference, occupying the Big 7’s top spot with Science Hill. Crockett will play in Kingsport against Dobyns-Bennett on Dec. 10 before returning home to play Tennessee High on Dec. 13.
Boone and Crockett will meet again on Jan. 14, but in Jonesborough, and if their first meeting was any indication of what is to come, round two between the Blazers and Pioneers can’t get here soon enough.