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Devils Overcome Slow Start To Take Down Patriots 55-39

Devils Overcome Slow Start To Take Down Patriots 55-39
Written by 
Tate Russell
January 11, 2023

DANDRIDGE - The Greeneville boys took a while to get warmed on Monday night, but once they got going the Devils ran away to a 55-39 win over Jefferson County.

“We had a tough start again. Offensively we weren’t getting it going early and we have to do better with that,” Greeneville coach Brad Woolsey said. “But the press changed things for us. We were able to get some turnovers and some easy buckets. The ball moved a lot better in the second quarter, and then out of halftime I felt like we played with a lot more confidence. When you are a confident team things start going your way.”

In the first minute of Monday’s action Greeneville’s Trey Thompson and Jefferson County’s Cy Mincey traded three pointers, but then the Devils went on a 9:38 scoring drought that stretched into the second quarter.

For Jefferson County Talan Higgins scored four points in the opening period as the Patriots took an 11-3 lead after eight minutes.

The lead grew to 14-3 when Dontez McCray started the second quarter with a three-pointer.

Greeneville finally got going when Isaac McGill came down the baseline and laid one off the glass. Adjatay Dabbs then sank a jumper from the lane and a triple from the corner to close the gap to 14-10.

Dabbs scored 12 points in the quarter, including a three-pointer with 24 seconds left that tied things at 18-18.

Dabbs then stole the ball near half court and took it the other way for a layup with six seconds remaining in the first half to give Greeneville’s its first lead at 20-18.

“Adjatay is huge for us, and he knocked down some shots and got going in the second quarter. That was big. He shoulders such a big part of our load. We have kind of gotten accustomed to falling behind by 12 or 14, but it was big to get that lead at halftime. It was good to see the guys fight out of a deficit.”

While the first half started as an offensive struggle for Greeneville, the second half was an offensive explosion as the Devils put in 25 points in just over five minutes.

J.D. Woolsey got the third quarter started by putting back his own miss, and Thompson followed that with his first of three triples in the period.

Jayquan Price came up with a pair of transition layups in a 10-second span that put Greeneville on top 29-18.

Midway through the quarter Woolsey came down the baseline for a lay in that made it 34-18. Then in less than a minute Thompson hit from deep twice and Price sank a triple from the right corner to push the lead 43-20.

The third quarter ended with the Devils leading 45-23.

In the fourth quarter Jefferson County got a pair of early three-pointers from Tyler Jackson but the Devils kept pace with triples from Hayden Goad and McGill.

Over the final four minutes Jefferson County outscored the Devils 7-2, but they could not challenge the lead.

Dabbs led Greeneville on Monday with 15 points, while Thompson had 12 points.

Monday started a tough week for the Devils that includes a trip to Cherokee on Tuesday, a trip to Grainger on Friday and a visit from Farragut on Saturday.

“This is going to test us physically, it’s going to be tough,” Woolsey said. “We go Cherokee tomorrow and then have a huge one on Friday at Grainger. Then it’s another tough one Saturday. We aren’t synced in some things right now, but I’m excited to look for some solutions this week. These are some great kids and I’m enjoying being a part of their lives.”

Greeneville 3 17 25 10 55

Jefferson County 11 7 5 16 39

Greeneville: Dabbs 15, Thompson 12, Price 9, Woolsey 5, McGill 5, Lester 4, Goad 3, Anderson 2,

Jefferson County: McCray 7, Higgins 6, Jackson 6, Mincey 5, Carr 4, Parker 4, Dobbins 2, Bonura 2, Clark 2, Haston 1

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