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Road ends for Pioneers in region

The best Pioneer basketball season in years came to an end for David Crockett in the second game of the regional tournament at Dobyns-Bennett on Feb. 28.
After finishing behind the first-place Indians in the regular season conference standings, the Pioneers cruised through the district tournament advancing to the championship where they notched their first conference title in 30 years.
With the win, the Pioneers advanced to the regional tournament, but postseason play would have to wait.
Due to the widespread inclement weather across the area, Crockett’s originally scheduled Feb. 21 home contest against Morristown East (21-13) was pushed back to Feb. 27.
Playing in front of their home crowd, the Pioneers showed no signs of a long layoff after nearly doubling East’s score in an 85-48 win.
Patrick Good guided the Pioneers to an early 20-8 first quarter lead, netting eight of his game high 23 points in the opening stanza.
Good and the Pioneers continued their high offensive tempo in the second quarter by extending their lead to 43-25 by the half.
The rejuvenated Hurricanes refused to go quietly in the second half, playing nearly even to the Pioneers in third quarter, but the first half advantage would stand as Crockett took a 19-point lead into the final eight minutes.
The fourth quarter would be Crockett’s best of the game as the defense stepped up to match the offensive prowess of the first three quarters.
At the final horn, the Pioneers had outscored East 24-6 in the fourth to capture the lopsided win.
Aside from Good, 10 other Pioneers tallied points in the contest. Dustin Day recorded 17, and Noah Leonard added 10 points in the win.
The Crockett victory set up a regional semifinal meeting with the Indians of Dobyns-Bennett a night later on Feb. 28.
The Pioneers would need a win to advance to the regional championship and secure a spot in the sectional, the next step toward the state tournament.
Unfortunately for the Pioneers, their postseason life would come to a disappointing end in Kingsport.
The matchup pitted the past two conference player of the year selections in Good, who captured the recognition last season and this year’s nominee out of Dobyns-Bennett, Makale Foreman.
The two competitors would not disappoint, guiding both of their respective teams in the contest. Good poured in a game-high 29 points, and Foreman led the Indians with 22.
The first half would see Dobyns-Bennett build a 10 point halftime advantage, a lead Crockett would eventually erase.
The Pioneers began chipping away at the Indian advantage in the third quarter, following an early D-B basket in the third to push their lead to 12 points.
From there, Crockett opened up a 32-17 run extending throughout most of the second half, seizing a 52-49 lead at the two-minute mark of the fourth quarter.
With the contest in doubt, the Indians turned to their leader, and Foreman answered with two straight jumpers to give the Indians the lead back at 53-52 with a minute and a half remaining.
On Crockett’s next scoring possession, Good took a foul and go to the free-throw line with just under a minute to play. He would sink both free-throws, giving Crockett the lead back at 54-53.
It would be the Pioneers’ last lead of the game when, on D-B’s next possession, Foreman was fouled and sank two of his own free-throws to put the Indians up for good.
They would hold on for a 57-54 win, eliminating Crockett from postseason contention, effectively ending their 2014-15 season.
Aside from Good, Day added 14 points in the loss.
Crockett finishes the season with a 25-7 record.
Science Hill defeated Dobyns-Bennett a day later in the regional championship contest, 69-67.