Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett, Oak Ridge and Science Hill made the trip down from northeast Tennessee for some basketball action on Friday and Saturday.
Cleveland’s boys and girls basketball teams split the shootout down the middle, with a pair of wins over DB and a pair of losses to Science Hill.
The Raiders quite literally stole the show Friday evening, as they battled back for a last second, come-from-behind 56-55 victory over the Indians.
Prior to their phenomenal finish, Cleveland struggled to figure out a combination to the 3-2 zone defense that DB was running.
“When you play against different competition that you’re not familiar with, you really don’t know what you can play,” Cleveland head coach Jason McCowan said. “We played, man; we pressed them, played a little bit of zone, then finally went to more of a half-court trap that got us going and them turned over. It just took us a while to find a way to get the win.”
Things started out on the rough side for the Raiders, as they ended the first quarter trailing the Indians 19-6. By the end of the first half, Cleveland began to figure things out in the second quarter, adding 19 points to the board to finish with a 10 point deficit.
Kendrick Thompson, who led the Raiders with a game high 35 points and six treys, paved the way in the second quarter with four 3-pointers and a basket.
“We came out really flat and spent an entire half trying to sub to find some kids that had some energy. It was just a challenge to find five who would get after it, but eventually we found that and battled back.”
The Raiders were able to curtail the Indians’ offense in the second half, allowing just 11 points in the third quarter and 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Going into the fourth quarter with just a 45-37, eight point deficit, Cleveland was able to narrow DB’s lead to just three points a total of three times before the final dozen seconds of the game occurred.
Thompson hit a 3-pointer with 12.1 ticks remaining and was fouled on the play as well. His shot from the charity stripe brought the game within one point for the Raiders to tie things up.
The Indians sent the ball out of bounds, and the resulting turnover was all it took for Thompson to hit one last basket in the final five seconds of play.
“We started out down 19-6, and it took us eight minutes to score six points, then we score six points in 12.1 seconds to end the game. It was a great win,” McCowan stated.
LADY RAIDERS 63
LADY INDIANS 48
The Lady Raiders got the winning way started on Friday, as they were able to easily snag a win from the Lady Indians.
“We played much better than we did Tuesday night. We had a really good team effort from the beginning, and that showed for the rest of the game,” Cleveland coach Mindy Kiser said. “They’ve (DB) had multiple injuries over the past few weeks, so they are still trying to find their identity. We’ve had some injuries as well, so it was kind of two teams in the same boat.”
Cleveland got things started in the first quarter, outscoring DB 17-10.
By the half, the Lady Raiders were up 37-25 on the Lady Indians following a 20-point quarter. Nora Berry and Graicyn Walkup aided that 20-point quarter with a pair of treys each, with Jenna Scoggins chipping in a 3-pointer of her own.
The Lady Indians were held to just nine and 11 points in the third and fourth quarter, while the Lady Raiders scored 13 more points in each quarter.
In their 15-point domination over DB, Cleveland was led by Berry, who racked up a total of 24 points. All but six of Berry’s points from 3-pointers.
Scoggins and Jamiyah Person also hit double-digit scoring, with Scoggins finishing with 14 points and Person finishing with 13 points.
“Jenna did not play well Tuesday, and we had the opportunity to watch film on Wednesday, she came back and played really well today (Friday). She controlled the offense, knew what we were looking for and got some good looks. Jamiyah was really big for us, as well as Hallea, who played a really good game,” Kiser commented.
LADY HILLTOPPERS 61 LADY RAIDERS 13
The Lady Raiders (6-4) were quick to learn why Science Hill (15-0) has been in the top four teams in the state for the last three years.
Despite a strong performance on Friday, Cleveland was unable to slow up the Lady Hilltoppers on Saturday.
Science Hill jumped to a 18-0 lead after the first quarter, and then had a 37-4 lead going into the half.
The Lady Raiders were able to add nine more points to the scoreboard in the third quarter before being held scoreless in the final quarter.
Cleveland (4-5) had the momentum of a last second, one-point victory Friday evening to power their performance against Science Hill (12-4) on Saturday afternoon.
Unfortunately for the Raiders, the Hilltoppers were able to come out on top in the final game of the Economy Honda East Tennessee Shootout.
By the end of the first quarter, Cleveland trailed Science Hill by five points, 19-15.
At the half, the Hilltoppers had increased their lead by an additional point.
The Raiders struggled to hold back the Hilltoppers’ offense in the third quarter and found themselves trailing 56-42 going into the fourth quarter.
Although Cleveland was able to outscore Science Hill 20-15 in the fourth, foul trouble by the Raiders gave the Hilltoppers enough to come away with a nine point, 71-62 victory.
Dobyns-Bennett 10 15 9 11 — 48
Cleveland 17 20 13 13 — 63
LADY INDIANS (48) — Sasha Morrisette 18, Alex Anderson 10, Courtney Depew 10, Kilby 8, Patterson 2, Stratton, Tincher, Harper, Epps, Sayer, Breeding.
LADY RAIDERS (63) — Nora Berry 24, Jenna Scoggins 14, Jamiyah Person 13, McClendon 6, Walkup 6, Phillips, Stamatiadis, Crump, Borton.
3-POINTERS: DB 3 (Kilby 2, Depew); Cleveland 10 (Berry 6, Scoggins 2, Walkup 2).
FREE THROWS: DB 11-of-28; Cleveland 7-of-11.
Dobyns-Bennett 19 15 11 10 — 55
Cleveland 6 19 12 19 — 56
INDIANS (55) — Paul Gadson 18, Makale Foreman 13, Halvorsen 7, Stuart 6, Sokol 4, Scott 3, Kincaid 2, McDavid, Byrd, Dessour, Gilliam.
RAIDERS (56) —Kendrick Thompson 35, Tatum 7, Brown 6, C. Ware 4, Beaty 2, Dennard 2, T. Ware, Scott, Bracero, Vecchio, Munoz, Oliver, Gibson, McRee.
3-POINTERS: DB 4 (Foreman 3, Scott); Cleveland 8 (Thompson 6, Brown, Tatum).
FREE THROWS: DB 7-of-7; Cleveland 5-of-8.
Science Hill 18 19 18 6 — 61
Cleveland 0 4 9 0 — 13
LADY HILLTOPPERS (61) — Tianna Tarter 21, Keisha Gregory 14, Lyon 9, Aples 5, Fenley 3, Whiteside 3, Head 3, Rogers 2, True 1, Henn, Foster, Fields.
LADY RAIDERS (13) — Scoggins 5, Berry 4, McClendon 4, Person, Phillips, Walkup, Mastin, Crump, Borton, Stamatiadis, Lee.
3-POINTERS: SH 9 Tarter 4, Gregory 4, Head).
FREE THROWS: SH 12-of-21; Cleveland 5-of-9.
RECORDS: Cleveland 6-4; SH 15-0.
Science Hill 19 14 23 15 — 71
Cleveland 14 13 15 20 — 62
HILLTOPPERS (71) — Songster 24, Wiegale 9, Wanpler 8, Charles 6, Hensley 6, Begley 5, Sweeney 4, Martin 4, Brown 2, Nicksie 2, McGue, Adams, Galper, Linville.
RAIDERS (62) — Kendrick Thompson 19, Cantrel Ware 10, Brown 8, Beaty 6, Gibson 5, T. Ware 5, Dennard 4, Tatum 3, Vechio 2, McRee, Oliver, Bracero, Scott.
3-POINTERS: SH 12 (Songster 5, Wiegale 2, Wanpler 2, Hensley 2, Charles); Cleveland 8 (Thompson 2, Brown 2, Gibson, Tatum, C. Ware, T. Ware).
FREE THROWS: SH 11-of-15; CHS 10-of-14.
RECORDS: Cleveland 4-5; SH 12-4.