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Devils win back-to-back games

“Defend this house” took on a whole new meaning for the fellas in Unicoi County during a pair of high school basketball games last week.
To kick off the second half of the season, the Unicoi County High School Blue Devils (7-10, 1-2) relied on defense and offensive distribution to earn a pair of wins in the Devils’ Den.
“We take a lot of pride in playing at home,” UCHS head coach Michael Smith said. “You want to win them all, but our guys were fired up to play at home.”
The Blue Devils recorded their first Three Rivers Conference win of the season on Friday, Jan. 4, by disposing of Happy Valley, 54-43. The Devils carried the momentum from that victory to score a non-conference upset, 51-46, over Hampton (11-6) on Saturday.
Against Hampton, the Blue Devils trailed 15-10 after the first quarter, but outscored the Bulldogs, 19-6, in the second quarter to go into halftime with a 29-21 lead.
While Hampton would cut the deficit to two points late in the second half, the Blue Devils would not relinquish the lead throughout the rest of the contest.
“Determination,” Smith said about the attitude of his team on Saturday. “They fought hard and had motivation from last night’s win. We trailed early, but never gave up and our guys fought to take the lead back and not let it go during the rest of the game.”
Connor Simpson led UCHS with 12 points and crashed the boards for eight rebounds. Keith Arrowood fired in 11 points and had three steals.

For the remainder of this article please see the Jan 8, 2013 edition of The Erwin Record.

By Curtis Carden
Sports Writer
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