By Carey Phillips
Hendersonville outscored Smoky Mountain 20-3 in the first three minutes of the second half and went on to an 83-54 Mountain Six Conference men’s basketball victory Feb. 5 at Hendersonville.
Freshman Keenan Wil-kins poured in 28 points for the Bearcats, and Dwight Canady had 20. Carson Redden added 15.
Jameson Madden had 11 points for the Mustangs.
“It was self-inflicted wounds,” Coach Adam Phillips said. “We had missed layups and turnovers. I know Hendersonville likes to speed the game up, but we had opportunities and didn’t take advantage of them.”
Canady scored 10 in the spurt that started the second half and resulted in a 62-32 lead on Redden’s three-pointer with at the 5:05 mark.
His follow shot with five seconds left gave Hendersonville a 76-45 lead entering the fourth quarter.
The largest margin was 79-47 on Alex Lemmons’ basket with 6:14 to play.
The Bearcats led all the way after Wilkins’ three--pointer 20 seconds into the game.
Wilkins scored seven in a 10-2 run for an 18-9 lead on Canady’s foul shot with 1:38 to go in the opening stanza.
Richmond Felton’s layup with seven seconds left gave Hendersonville a 24-14 advantage at the quarter break.
Joel Christner’s layup with 5:36 on the clock made it 32-16, and the Bearcats led 42-29 at halftime.
Three of Madden’s four field goals were three-pointers.
Mitch Wike added nine points, Clayton Frady and Parker Flynn finished with seven apiece, Zeb Sink netted six, Michael Todd and Ryan Waliezer both scored five, and Conner Seagraves and Lawson Wike each had two.
The Mustang JVs won 44-30. Chase Gribble and Vaughn Ellis both scored 15 points.
SM led at quarter breaks by scores of 10-7, 22-14 and 30-28.
“We came out and played great defense,” Coach Tyler Mulligan said. “When we do that, it creates offense for us.”
He noted that Buchanan was five of five and Gribble was three of four from the foul line in the fourth quarter.
“That was big,” the coach said. “Free throw shooting has been a problem for us.”