Dawgs stay unbeaten in 4-AAA, dump Hawks

KNOXVILLE — Bearden High School boys basketball kept its perfect District 4-AAA record intact with a home win versus rival Hardin Valley Academy Friday night, Feb. 2.

The Bulldogs also clinched the top seed in the upcoming district tournament with the 89-54 win.

Bearden {27-1, 14-0] cruised to victory, but HVA [12-13, 6-8] jumped ahead 5-0.

The Bulldogs boasted a balanced attack, as four players posted double figures scoring. Junior guard Quez Glover led the way with 20 points. Trent Stephney scored 18, Roman Robinson added 16 and Drew Pember had 10. Kordell Kah scored nine and Shamarcus Brown added six points.

“Every game, we get the other team’s best effort and our coaches always tell us that our offense involves everyone,” Robinson said. “They tell us to share the ball.

“We came out tonight and we did that and we know that we all have to step up.”

Aaron Dykes, Hawks senior point guard, scored 14 points to lead his team. Tanner White added 12 for HVA, which trailed 70-44 after three quarters. Gavin Eidemiller, who has recently emerged as a scoring threat, had eight points. Jordan Ewing finished with seven.

Hardin Valley received a big blow in the second quarter as guard Lukas Cook left the game with a leg injury. “We had Lukas go down with an injury and that really hurt us,” HVA head coach Shane Chambers said. “He’s a big emotional leader off the bench for us.”

A lopsided loss certainly didn’t dampen Chambers’ spirit. “We played hard and I don’t think the scoreboard showed how well we played,” he said. “I’m really proud of our effort.

“They have great guards with Ques and Trent and they’re so big inside,” he added. “They have everything that a great high school basketball team has.”