By COLLIN BROOKS
They might have been underdogs heading to Oak Ridge, but they proved to everyone why they are Pioneers.
David Crockett senior Patrick Good knocked down a contested three-point shot with under four seconds in overtime giving his team the 73-70 win and securing the school’s first-ever trip to the state tournament.
The shot capped off a 29-point performance for the Appalachian State signee, but more importantly, it kept he and his five classmates high school careers alive for a little longer.
“I’ve never been; it’s just a dream come true,” said Good about going to Murfreesboro, as he fought off the emotion after the game. “I am just going to enjoy the time that I have with my teammates and hopefully we can get three games and a chance. But just to know that Crockett has never been before, it’s going to be great.
“I just want to say thanks to all the fans for coming. This is for y’all.”
While Good delivered the win, it was seniors Dustin Day and Brendan Coleman that kept the Pioneers alive. Coleman knocked down 11 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Day finished with 26 points. His night included 17 points in the second half and an uncanny third quarter, where Day connected on 15 straight points. To top it all off, he also scored his 1,500th career point.
Those achievements drew quick praise from Good.
“To know that we fought the entire game, with Dustin putting us on his back. I know they’re used to me doing it, but I knew that he could do it,” Good said. “He puts in just as much work as I do, but he doesn’t get the credit that I do, and I just want to thank him, ‘B’ and the rest of the team.”
The win for the Pioneers was their second of the season against Oak Ridge and ended the Wildcats season at 34-3. Oak Ridge coach Aaron Green was disappointed for his team after the game, but was happy that his friend, David Crockett coach John Good, will get to experience the state tournament with his team and, more importantly, his son.
“I first want to say that I have a tremendous amount of respect for John Good and I am really, really happy that he is getting the opportunity to get to go to the state tournament with his son,” Green said, with emotion gripping his voice. “Because I got to experience that as a player and I know there is a lot of pressure there and his son works really, really hard. I am disappointed for my kids, but nobody deserves it more than Patrick and that whole team. They have a bunch of great players.
“Some of my best memories was playing for my dad at the Murphy Center.”
And getting to Murfreesboro has been a goal for the Pioneers the entire season. The goal seemed like it was in jeopardy when the Pioneers suffered a 48-46 loss to Science Hill in the Regional Final, forcing them to travel to Oak Ridge. But Crockett coach John Good said his team left that loss in Morristown.
“Ours kids are relentless, our kids have gone through a lot of stuff,” he said. “And they just keep fighting. They didn’t want this to be their last game.”
Day said he and his teammates talked about that during their practice on Sunday.
“We knew for sure that our last practice wasn’t going to be our last practice,” Day said. “We all talked about it and we talked about how we didn’t want this to end and how we have blood, sweat and tears in it. We have been through it all together.”
Day’s 17-point spurt in the second half helped the Pioneers cut their deficit to 66-61 with 6:20 remaining in the contest. Then, it was all Good, as he scored the final seven points of the night to help DC push the contest into overtime.
The Pioneers found out who they will play in the first round of the state tournament last night.
Science Hill (25-10) also qualified for the state tournament with a 71-48 win over Karns.
Other teams that qualified for the AAA tournament statewide are Walker Valley (23-9), Blackman (32-0), Station Camp (35-1), Hillsboro (21-7), Cordova (28-3) and Memphis East (29-2).