Dobyns-Bennett's Tyleke Love (5) fires off a pass under pressure from Science Hill during Friday night's Big 7 game in Kingsport. (Ned Jilton II photo)
KINGSPORT — The Dobyns-Bennett boys basketball team finally arrived at the formula for beating Science Hill on Friday night.
It took a little bit of Love and a whole lot of Gadson.
Big Paul Gadson scored 24 points and pulled down eight rebounds, and the Tribe toppled the Hilltoppers 67-42 at the Buck Van Huss Dome.
Science Hill had beaten the Indians 17 consecutive times prior to Friday’s game.
Tyleke Love, who did not play during D-B’s 57-53 loss to the Hilltoppers in Johnson City earlier this season, scored 11 points. The 6-foot-4 Love also hauled in seven rebounds and handed out five assists — at least three of which were slipped inside to his 6-3, 230-pound compadre in the post.
John Fulkerson scored eight points and had five rebounds for the Indians (11-8, 5-2 Big 7 Conference), also blocking three shots with several deflections and shot redirections to his credit. Makale Foreman scored eight points and sorted out five assists.
Calvin Songster fired up 17 points to lead Science Hill (16-8, 6-2). Malik McGue added eight.
In the girls’ game, D-B slowed the tempo early, challenging the Lady Hilltoppers’ 47-game conference winning streak.
Tianna Tarter settled it for good by scoring 12 of her 27 points in the fourth quarter to lead unbeaten and second-ranked Science Hill to a 55-37 win.
The Lady Hilltoppers (23-0, 8-0) played without starting wing Keisha Gregory, who was benched by coach Keith Turner after showing up missing a piece of her gear.
Sasha Morrisette scored 16 points to lead the Lady Indians (13-7, 3-3). Alex Anderson added nine. Madi Kilby hit a pair of clutch treys at the end of the third quarter that held Science Hill’s lead to single digits headed into the final period.
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