Pioneers fall short at Sevier Co.

Jeff Birchfield • Feb 24, 2014 at 5:39 PM

SEVIERVILLE — Patrick Good had another starring role for the David Crockett basketball team Saturday night, but even he couldn’t help the Pioneers overcome Sevier County’s advantage at the free-throw line.

Good scored 17 of the Pioneers’ 21 points in the fourth quarter and ended with a game-high 31 points. It wasn’t enough in a 74-64 loss in the Region 1-AAA quarterfinals at Lon C. Birchfield Gym.

The Smoky Bears (21-9) had 27 free-throw attempts to just six for the Pioneers.

“I just thought our guys played with great effort,” Sevier County coach Ken Wright said. “It was two good teams going at it, and we just happened to hit a few more shots.”

The Pioneers, who finished the year at 22-13, rallied from a nine-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to trail just 55-54 as Good scored 11 straight for his team.

Two quick baskets by the Smoky Bears put the lead back to five, before a pair of offensive rebounds by Jeremy Houston and Brendan Coleman helped the Pioneers cut the lead to three. It was the closest they would get the rest of the way as 11 of Sevier County’s final 13 points came at the free-throw line.

“Our kids competed and did everything we asked them to do,” David Crockett coach John Good said. “We gave up some layups early in the game, but I thought we were going to get them tired. We never could do that.”

Sevier County led throughout the second half after an extremely competitive first half, highlighted by eight ties and nine lead changes. The Smoky Bears led 19-16 at the end of one quarter and 34-31 at halftime. After Dustin Day cut the lead to just a single point at the start of the third quarter, Sevier County controlled the rest of the period.

They finally appeared to put the game away with an 11-point lead with 50 seconds remaining, only to see Patrick Good hit back-to-back 3-pointers. Four free throws by Bailey Fields over the final 28 seconds pushed the lead back to double digits.

The Smoky Bears featured a balanced attack, led by Jacob Whaley with 19 points and Fields with14 points. Austin Pope and Cody Underwood each scored a dozen, while Jesse Adams posted a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Still, their head coach was still in awe of the performance by Crockett’s sophomore guard after the game.

“What can you say about Patrick Good?” Wright said. “All the accolades, he deserves them. He hit some incredible shots and we were just lucky we were able to keep scoring. Great players like that, you can foul him and that’s about it. You just hope you can limit him. We were trying to get the ball out of his hands, and when we didn’t and he made us pay for it.”

The Smoky Bears will now play Dobyns-Bennett (19-8) in the semifinal round.

Dustin Day ended with 19 points and six rebounds for Crockett. Coach John Good also credited the senior class of Tyler Page, who scored eight points, Luke Hopson, Troy White and Houston for a memorable season which included going 3-0 against rival Daniel Boone and winning two of three games against Science Hill.

“Our kids came every night and competed,” Good said. “I appreciate the seniors. It’s not easy when a new coach comes in, but they bought in and led the team. I asked them in the locker room if they gave us everything they had. They said, ‘Yeah.’ That’s all you can ask for.”

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