Officials said Indians coach Chris Poore called a timeout with two seconds left in Saturday’s boys basketball game at Greeneville, wiping Jack Browder’s game-winning 3-point goal from the right corner off the scoreboard.
Poore protested, to no avail, that he didn’t call time and the Indians took a 50-49 loss at Hal Henard Gymnasium.
The controversial play came after the Indians had rallied from 18 points down. And leading up to the final shot, D-B guard Zane Whitson stumbled to the floor.
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“I thought when Zane went through and the guy shoved him, we would get that call,” Poore noted. “When he went off balance, I thought it would be a foul. We wanted Zane at the free-throw line with a chance to win it.
“We weren’t trying to get more out of it, but Zane off balance kicks it out there and Jack shoots it. I’m not going to comment on what I felt about (the ruling).”
The Greene Devils (15-4) opened the game on a 13-2 run and scored eight straight near the end of the second quarter for a 36-20 halftime lead.
After D-B (10-10) tried to mount a comeback, the Devils again pushed the lead to 18 in the third quarter.
But the Tribe came all the way back and took a 48-47 lead on Malachi Hale’s old-fashioned three-point play with 1:31 remaining.
Greeneville’s Jakobi Gillespie answered with his own three-point play with 26 seconds left for what turned out to be the game’s final points.
Gillespie led the Devils with 17 points and Reid Satterfield scored 10.
Browder was D-B’s top scorer with 10 points. Jonavan Gillespie and Whitson each scored eight, and Hale finished with seven.
“I’m proud of these guys and their fight,” Poore said. “There is a lot of grit out there. They keep finding a way to come back. We just have to take the next step and find a way to close it.
“We’ve been in three games with some of the toughest teams around and we’ve been close. If we take that next step, I like where we will be at.”
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Lauren Bailey scored 26 points to lead the Lady Greene Devils (11-11) to a 64-45 victory over the Lady Indians (17-7).
Bailey scored 10 points in the first quarter, including a 3-pointer before the buzzer to give Greeneville a 15-14 lead. It was the first of 16 straight points for the Lady Devils, who built a 28-14 advantage.
Bailey continued to produce, scoring 20 first-half points to give her team a 34-19 lead at the break.
Dobyns-Bennett started the second half on a 10-2 run and cut the lead to 42-34 heading into the final quarter. But a 9-0 response by the Lady Devils in the fourth quarter ended any comeback attempt.
“We’re in that January doldrum. Everybody goes through it,” Lady Indians coach Bill Francis said. “Sometimes, you get in a little deeper valley. You try to look at things that could be and I saw some good things out there tonight.
“We got the looks we wanted, but we didn’t finish,” Francis added. “When you don’t hit those shots and get the rebounds, it’s hard to compete.
“Greeneville made their shots tonight. When you’re the road team, you’ve got to make more of those.”
Delana DeBusk had 16 points and Macy Kennedy added 10 to the Greeneville victory.
Jabrea Johnson led D-B with 12 points. Elle Francis followed with 11 and Jaden Potts ended with eight.