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A change of scenery didn’t benefit Dobyns-Bennett in the first round of the Arby’s Classic on Thursday at Viking Hall.
Post Paul Gadson scored one of his seven field goals to tie the score at 49 with six minutes remaining, but the Indians’ trademark turnovers began occurring and Murfreesboro Oakland parlayed them in to a 69-55 victory.
The Patriots responded to the basket by Gadson with a 10-run, including a four-point trip that Ricky Dunnaway capped with a put-back after the Patriots missed a free throw.
Tarique Hughes kept the ball alive for Dunnaway on what felt like a back-breaking offensive rebound.
“A great play by Tarique Hughes – probably a 6-foot guy in there – gets a hand on it … gets it knocked into Ricky’s hands,” said Oakland coach Mike Wright, who played for his father Ken on Augusta-West Side’s 1994 Arby’s Classic champions. “Those are big plays, just kind of hustle plays, scrappy plays – the little things you’ve got to do to be a great team.”
The Indians made a disproportionate number of their 17 turnovers in the endgame.
“We battled back (to tie the score) … and it came down to us turning the ball over,” said D-B coach Charlie Morgan, whose Indians fell to 5-7 with their fourth straight loss. “I know there was … three turnovers right there that they scored on. That’s what’s been happening to us. We turn the ball over and people’ve been able to capitalize on that.”
Dunnaway, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound junior, had 18 points and eight rebounds. He made several perimeter baskets, including one of his two 3-point attempts.
Kyle Oliver, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound junior, had 16 points and five rebounds. Ryan Givens (14) and Daulton Smith (10) also scored in double figures for the Patriots (9-5), who advance to play Oak Ridge on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
D-B got 14 points from Gadson. John Fulkerson, a 6-foot-7 post, had 12 points and blocked four shots for the Indians, who play defending runner-up Mentor (Ohio) on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
United Faith Christian 55
Sullivan South 53
Post Nehemiah Mabson’s 7-foot leaning bank shot with 2.5 seconds remaining proved to be the difference for Muggsy Bogues’ victorious Falcsons.
The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Mabson finished with 21 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore point guard Ty Gadsen, who already has an offer from UNC Charlotte, tallied 19 points, three assists and three steals.
Bogues wasn’t pleased with his team’s performance.
South, which led 47-46 on a basket by Dalton Light with 4:18 left, got 16 points from Will Blair and 13 from Light.
The Rebels led by as many as six four times in the third quarter.
“We came out flat and played down to the level of competition and all that,” Bogues said. “But we can’t take anything away from that team. They came out and they wanted to win. They came out and played and executed and put themselves in position to have an opportunity to win the game. They just came up a little short. … They came out and executed well and stayed solid in what they wanted to do.”
United Faith plays Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) tonight at 8:30.
Oak Ridge 97
Mentor (Ohio) 69
Former Tennessee Volunteer Aaron Green’s Wildcats blitzed defending runner-up Mentor.
Isaac Merian had 32 points and seven rebounds and Jaylen Henderson had 24 points, eight assists and three steals.
Caleb Potter scored 19 points for the Cardinals. Kyle Hagey added 13.
Greater Atlanta 58
Tabernacle Baptist 48
Dominique Wilkins’ stepson Isaiah Wilkins dunked his way to a team-high 16 points for the Spartans. Troy Morrison added 11 points.
Robert Joseph scored 30 points and had five steals for Tabernacle Baptist.
Greater Atlanta plays Memphis Hamilton on Saturday at 5 p.m.