GREENEVILLE – Fresh off a win over Washburn on Thursday night, the Claiborne Bulldogs hoped to carry that momentum over into their next game on Friday. Unfortunately their next opponent did not oblige.
Greeneville started the season off slowly as they were 4-5 at one point in late December but the new year has been more to the Greene Devils’ liking as they have now won eight games in a row after downing Claiborne 81-33.
“The short turnaround isn’t an excuse as we are going to have to deal with that the rest of this season,” Claiborne head coach Corey McGinnis said of the second game in two days for his squad. “Greeneville is a quality basketball team that is well coached and play extremely hard. They execute at a very high level. Greeneville got out in transition and that was something we tried to slow down but we weren’t able to do it.”
The Bulldogs were able to go basket for basket through the first half of the opening quarter as Tommy Hicks hit a big 3-pointer for Claiborne to keep things close. The Greene Devils were able to put some distance between themselves and the Bulldogs as they scored eight points in a row at one point and then capped the scoring to close out the first period with a 28-13 lead.
Period number two was when Greeneville built their big lead as they were able to get back in transition after a missed Claiborne shot attempt. The home team lead 56-24 at the half. Freshman Ethan Cupp continued to show his ability to get to the hoop and the Bulldogs’ big man made a power move to the basket, drew the foul and connected on the free throw for the old-fashioned trifecta in the third. The fourth period was a rough one for the Dawgs as Isaac Moyers’ basket was the only one Claiborne had as they fell to Greeneville, 81-33.
The Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday night as they face off against Cumberland Gap at 7:30 p.m.