Boone sharpshooter Jared Adkins twice fired up potential game-tying 3-point shots within the last 15 seconds, but both rimmed out.
“I’m so proud of these guys,” Boone coach Chris Brown said. “We had an emotional game Friday (a double-overtime win over David Crockett). We knew (Greeneville) was a good ballclub and they have the record they do for a reason.
“Our group played with seven guys in the second half and they continued to fight through a lot of adversity. We had our best shooter taking those shots and I’ll go to battle with him every time. He’s just got to keep his head up. He’s a good ballplayer.”
Boone played all of the second half without Colby Backus and Chase McGonigle. Backus exited after appearing to injure his shoulder. McGonigle left after being hit hard in the nose.
“We’ll evaluate them when we get back,” Brown said.
The Trailblazers trimmed an early 10-point deficit to two, 22-20, with 3:35 left in the second quarter before the Greene Devils raced off on a 15-4 run to close the first half.
Greeneville’s lead grew as high as 20, but poor free-throw shooting and bad offensive possessions allowed Boone to get back into it.
Cade Norris canned a 3-pointer for the Trailblazers with 1:44 left to play. On the next two offensive possessions, Adkins became the go-to guy, hitting three free throws and nailing a 3 to bring the score to 69-67 with 42.9 seconds left.
A 9-0 Boone run had unfolded in only 62 seconds.
Norris led Boone with 21 points. Adkins finished with 13, and Samuel Stroupe and Zach Saul each contributed 11.
Jakobi Gillespie led the Devils with 20 points. Reid Satterfield had 14, Micah Banks and Jaydon Manuel 11 apiece and Connor DeBusk 10.
LADY ’BLAZERS CRUISE
Daniel Boone scored the first 13 points of the girls’ game and curbed all attempts at a Greeneville comeback in a 60-45 win.
Boone combined one of its best offensive nights of the season with domination in the paint and on the glass. The Lady ’Blazers scored 42 points in the opening half.
“We played great on Friday and then we let them off on Saturday and Sunday,” Boone coach Beau Hauldren said. “We had a little bit of a walk-through today since we were out for school and I didn’t know how we’d respond to that. I was very pleased.
“It showed for maybe the first time all year that we have an older and experienced team. They came out early and understood what we needed to do.”
Jaycie Jenkins finished with a game-high 22 points for the Lady ’Blazers, who did a good job sharing the load. Madi Runnels added 13 points and Greyson Stevens scored 10.
“I was extremely pleased with Madi Runnels and Maddie Bunting pulling down some rebounds,” Hauldren noted. “Everybody played well and we’ve just got to continue that.”
Hauldren believes this is a good indicator that his team might be turning the corner on offense.
“I told people early on that we were running this new stuff and everyone told me that it would take time,” he said. “Our girls are staying locked into it and our motto is that we don’t have to be really good until February. We’re starting to get there and we’re starting to understand a motion offense better.”
Lauren Bailey led Greeneville with 14 points.
GEORGE CLEM SCHOOL
The home teams wore commemorative jerseys to honor Greeneville’s historic George Clem School, which operated from the late 1800s until 1965 and provided education for African American students.
There were several historic excerpts throughout the evening, including the Greeneville chorus performing the school’s alma mater between games, and several Wolverine alumni were in attendance.