By: Eddy Gifford, Publisher
The Dade County
High School Wolverine basketball team played its first game of the New Year
Saturday afternoon and it turned out to be a classic battle with region foe
Calhoun. This will be the last season facing Calhoun as a region foe as they
will be moving up to AAA after this school year.
jumped out to an early lead 11-2 in the first three minutes of the game. The
visiting Yellow Jackets couldn’t keep up with Dade’s hot shooting early and by
the end of the first quarter the Wolverines were up 17-14.
looked like they might run away from the Yellow Jackets with 3:51 remaining in
the first half when they built their lead to 37-19.
hold the Wolverines to just two points the remainder of the first half to get
back in the game. At the end of the half Dade was up 39-34.
Early in the
third quarter the Yellow Jackets cut Dade’s lead to a single point, 41-40, but
back–to–back three–point shots by Nic Gaddis and Clynt Bell made it 47-40.
answered every rally by the Yellow Jackets in the third quarter when they would
get to within one or two points but was never able to overtake Dade.
At the start of
the fourth quarter the Wolverines were up 63-56 having led the entire game but
the Yellow Jackets continued to fight and a five point spurt with 2:15
remaining in the game tied the score, 69-69.
Baskets by Bell
and Brady Mai gave the Wolverines a four point lead but Calhoun scored the
final four points to send the game to overtime, 73-73.
Jackets took their first lead of the night at the start of overtime and with
1:28 remaining led Dade 81-75,
Two free throws
by Gaddis and a three point shot by Bell cut the Calhoun lead to 81-80 with 54
seconds remaining. Then two free throws by the Yellow Jackets put them up
hit a three point shot with 33 seconds remaining to tie the game and the Yellow
Jackets then hit two free throws with 16 seconds remaining before Gaddis hit
two free throws to tie the game again with nine seconds left and send the game
to a second overtime.
overtime ended with the teams tied 90-90 sending the game to a third overtime.
Again the two
team’s swapped baskets and the third overtime ended with the teams tied 96-96.
At the start of
the fourth overtime the Wolverines jumped out to a six point lead, 102-96, with
1:31 remaining but the Yellow Jackets rallied back and cut the lead to 102-101
with 49 seconds remaining.
Dade then hit
three free throws to go up 105-101 and the Yellow Jackets hit a pair of free
throws with 1.2 seconds left but the Wolverines held on for an amazing 105-103
four overtime win.
Bell led the
all scorers with 47 points with Williams scoring 17, Gaddis 16 and Mai 13.
Calhoun was led
by Chandler Curtis and Austin Byrd with 26 points each.
Christmas break the Wolverines played in the Jon Loden Holiday Classic at
Midway High School in Kingston, Tenn.
In the opening
game the Wolverines defeated Cumberland Gap 70-55 as Bell scored 26 points,
Williams 16 and Gaddis 11.
Dade 17 20
21 12 70
19 17 9 55
(70)-Mai 6, Castleberry 4, Murphy, Hulgan, Sharp 1, Mikey Williams 16, Smith 6,
Clynt Bell 26, Nic Gaddis 11, D.Q. Cole, Stanley
Field Goals: Dade County 12 (Mai 2,
Williams 3, Bell 6, Gaddis)
highlights: Bell 6s; Williams 10r;
Gaddis 7a; Castleberry 8r
Next up for the
Wolverines was Cocke County and they jumped out to an early lead on the
Wolverines that they were never able to overcome.
Dade fell by a
final score of 83-73.
Bell led the
Wolverines with 37 points, the only Wolverine to score in double figures.
17 19 26--73
15 22 23--83
(73)-Mai 3, Castleberry 4, Murphy, Hulgan 4, Williams 5, Smith 9, Clynt Bell
37, Gaddis 7, T. Cole, D.Q. Cole 2, Stanley 2, Sharp
Field Goals: Dade County 8 (Bell 6, Mai,
highlights: Gaddis 7a; Hulgan 8r;
Castleberry 12r; Smith 8r
In their final
game of the tournament the Wolverines defeated Midway by a score of 101-63.
Gaddis led Dade
with 22 points followed by Mai and Bell with 19 points each.
29 27 18
9 17 23
(101)-Brady Mai 19, Castleberry 4, Holt 5, Murphy 9, Graham 2, Hulgan 2, Sharp
3, Williams 4, Smith 8, Clynt Bell 19, Nic Gaddis 22, T. Cole, D.Q.Cole 2,
Field Goals: Dade County 17 (Mai 6,
Holt, Murphy 3, Bell 5, Gaddis 2)
highlights: Gaddis 5s, 8r; Castleberry
7r; Mai 5a; Stanley 6b
This week the
Wolverines will be in action Friday when they host Morris Innovative at 6 p.m. Dade then travels to Murray County
on Jan. 14.