The Indians stormed ahead from the opening tip, held off a second-quarter challenge, and eventually rolled to a 54-44 win over Science Hill in the Big Seven Conference opener Friday night at the Buck Van Huss Dome.
D-B improved to 6-1 while the Hilltoppers slipped below the .500 mark at 4-5.
“I was very pleased with our guys’ effort and intensity,” said D-B head coach Chris Poore. “I thought we played with a lot of energy as well. Any time you come into a rivalry you know it will be tough, but I was proud of our guys for gritting out a tough win. Tonight was a good night for the Tribe.”
D-B guard Marae Foreman said there were two important factors in the D-B win.
“It all starts with defense,” said Foreman. “And we try to play our game with transition, and that’s what really won the game for us.”
Foreman led the Tribe with 17 points.
The Indians got a firm grasp on the game in the third quarter, holding Science Hill to six points and taking a 40-28 lead into the fourth quarter.
For the Hilltoppers it was a bad night at the shooting office.
“I don’t care who you play, when you shoot 31 percent, it makes things extremely difficult,” said Science Hill head coach Ken Cutlip. “But I thought our kids had two moments that really showed their character. We got down early against an outstanding team in this gym, and the kids didn’t wilt. They responded and worked their way back into the game. And the same thing in the second half. The kids came back with some fight.”
Foreman and Riamello Wadsworth were a two-man wrecking crew for the Indians. Along with Foreman’s leading effort, Wadsworth totaled 16 points.
“We hit a lot of good shots,” said Foreman. “There were some tough shots, but we worked the ball around and found each other and made plays.”
For Science Hill, it was a strong evening for Drew Morrison as he finished with 12 points. Jordan McLoyd added 10 points.
EARLY BITS AND PIECES
D-B started with a bang, netting the first eight points of the contest. Eventually the Tribe built its lead to 20-10 before Science Hill rallied with eight straight points.
The Indians closed the first half strong, taking a 29-22 lead into the locker room.