Dobyns-Bennett Slips At State, Looks Ahead to Next Season

Dee WilcoxAnalyst IMarch 26, 2008

MURFREESBORO -- Dobyns-Bennett couldn't hold on down the stretch against Chattanooga Red Bank on Thursday and failed to advance for the third straight time after making the field in the state tournament at Murfreesboro, but with a roster full of talented juniors the Indians have a chance to return next year and still make some noise.

"We had a nice season,'' said Indian coach Charlie Morgan, whose team finished 30-4. “I said early on we had a chance to do something really good. But it takes a little luck.''

D-B will miss seniors Darren Riggs, Marshall Hardy, Bronson Flack, Reid King and Tremell McGue, but returns its talented backcourt in Justin Sylvester and Jamel Williams, plus wing player Todd Halvorsen, post player Jordan Edwards and Dustin McConnell from a team that alternated 10 players. Sylvester, Williams and Edwards were the team's top three scorers.

"We had our chances,'' said Morgan, whose team was up 55-47 with 46 seconds left in the third quarter, "but they (Red Bank) just took off on us.''

* Two of the Red Bank players who made it happen in a 68-62 win over D-B -- Dominique McDuffie and Tim Benford -- are both football signees as defensive backs. McDuffie signed with Appalachian State and Benford with Tennessee Tech.

McDuffie says he will walk onto the basketball team at Appalachian State, while Benford says he signed with Tennessee Tech planning to play both ways.

"They are definitely the quickest team we have played,'' said Morgan, who used his size advantage to out-rebound the shorter Lions, 32-21, but committed 10 more turnovers (25 to 15).


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