Bearden boys fall to MHS

BEARDEN — It was a streaky, back-and-forth boys basketball game Friday night when Maryville visited Bearden.

With under three minutes left in the game, the Bulldogs trailed by two and the outcome was wide open.

The Red Rebels, however, would have the final streak, 11-5, to finish the game, which gave them a 66-58 District 4-4A win Jan. 6. Bearden fell to 11-6, 0-2 in the District.

“We gave up too many offensive rebounds,“ BHS head coach Jeremy Parrott said. “Those lead to extra possessions and points. “You can’t allow a team to do that. That’s where the game is won and lost.”

The Red Rebels pulled away down the stretch. Nine of the final 11 came from Nick Johnson (19 for the game) and Matt Clemmer (23).

Jake Poole, Bulldogs senior guard, led all scorers with 24. Nelson Karnowski and Tyson Pirtle each added 11 for BHS.

“They had too many offensive boards, and we couldn’t do anything about it,” Poole said. “They didn’t out-muscle us; they out-hustled us. I gotta stay out of foul trouble.”

“Bearden’s a good team,” Rebels head coach Wes Lambert said. “... This is a good test to see where we stand.”

King of Smokies champs

Over the holidays, Bearden won three straight games at the King of Smokies Christmas Classic in Pigeon Forge.

Tuesday, Dec. 27, the Dawgs dismantled Fairview (Alabama) 83-57. The next afternoon they beat Scott County (Kentucky) 49-47. On Friday, Dec. 29, Bearden won the tourney with a 48-42 victory versus Montgomery Bell Academy.

“It was good to win a tournament,” Parrott said. “It was a good group effort.”