The Pioneers went 15 for 26 from 3-point land and shot 49 percent overall.
SPREADING THE LOVE
The Pioneers (14-14) had three players in double figures with Camara Bradley and McHale Bright each totaling 16 points. Jordan Hensley lent a helping hand with 15.
Troy Podvin had a big night for Unicoi (17-11), amassing 25 points, while Trevor Hensley had a bit of an off night with 15. Hensley was held scoreless in the final quarter.
OUT ON A GOOD NOTE
“We obviously want to go into the postseason playing your best ball,” Crockett head coach John Good said. “I don’t know if we’re playing our best right now, but we’re playing better. We’re scoring more and I think it’s because we’re sharing the ball more. We’re also working the ball inside out.”
Said Bradley: “It’s a big win going into the tournament. I just want to thank the guys for working hard and all the dedication. We needed this win.”
PIONEERS HOT EARLY
Crockett shot 8 for 14 from beyond the arc in the first half and had more converted three-pointers than attempted two-point field goals. However, Crockett did have nine turnovers in the game up to that point.
The Pioneer defense was holding down Unicoi County star Hensley, limiting him to five points in the first half. Podvin led the Blue Devils in first-half scoring with eight points.
The Blue Devils made half as many 3-pointers as the Pioneers in the first two quarters and did not shoot particularly well from anywhere, but Unicoi was still in the game, down five points (33-28) at the half.
The Blue Devils made a surge to get the game tied twice in the third quarter and took the lead toward the end. However, Hensley nailed a 3-pointer to end the period and give the Pioneers a two-point lead going into the final stanza.
The back and forth continued early in the fourth quarter, with the game shaping up to come down to the final possession. The Pioneers, though, eliminated that possibility with their game-ending surge.