The Dayton City School (DCS) Sweatbees’ basketball team traveled to Lenoir City Middle School on Monday without starters Bryce Dupre and Dawson Mickel, due to illness, but came away with a thrilling 45-41 overtime victory.
Dupre has been the Sweatbees’ top scorer throughout the season, averaging double-digits every game, and Mickel contributes strongly on the defensive side, as well as adds anywhere from 4-to-6 points to the offense.
Needless to say, the Sweatbees faced challenges going into the game. But, despite the obstacle, DCS was tied 6-6 with Lenoir City at the end of the first period. Lenoir City warmed up quickly and took a 24-8 lead at the half.
According to DCS head coach, Bill Marsh, nothing seemed to be going right for the Sweatbees in the first half. Perhaps a motivating factor came in a unique form, as the referee approached Marsh at the half about instilling a running clock in the second half.
Marsh immediately alerted the team of his conversation with the official. And, apparently, that’s all it took for the Sweatbees to come out of the locker room in the second half more determined than ever.
One Sweatbee in particular, Ethan Davis, who was held to only four first half points, came out firing, as he unleashed 24 points on the home team, forcing an overtime.
Rex Pendergrass tallied 11 points in the game, and hit two key free throws in overtime to help DCS with the win. Fellow eighth-grader, Kyler Akin, added another crucial free throw in OT to help secure the 4-point win.
Sweatbee scorers include: Davis (28); Pendergrass (11); Akin (4); Jalen Smith (2).
At press time, the Lady Sweatbees’ game results against Lenoir City were not available.
The DCS teams will host Cherokee Middle School on Thursday, Dec. 12, with junior varsity action starting at 4 p.m. Varsity games will follow at 6 and 7 p.m. Thursday will also be Eighth Grade night at DCS, as they will recognize all eighth grade players and cheerleaders before the 6 o’clock game.