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Devils struggle at Hardee's Classic

Rain drops from the three-point stripe put a damper on a potentially successful weekend for the Blue Devils.
Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK) netted four players in double figures and drilled 11 three-pointers to earn a 70-45 win over the Unicoi County High School boys’ basketball team (3-2) in third-place game of the 26th annual Hardee’s Classic on Saturday, Nov. 28, at David Crockett High School.
David Crockett cruised to an 80-62 championship win over Sullivan East in the finals of the event. The win gives the host school the most Hardee’s Classic trophies with five, followed up by four each by the Patriots and the Blue Devils.
Led by a game-high total of 15 points from Hunter Reynolds, CAK took the early 21-11 lead at the end of the first period by rattling off three points after a 3-pointer from Trevor Hensley.
The Warriors continued to hold an advantage heading into intermission. An 8-2 run in the final two minutes of the first half by the Blue Devils, thanks to points from Trevor Hensley, Eli Gillis and Clay Simpson, helped UCHS stay within 15 points, 42-27.
CAK started to crank up the intensity in third period, outscoring UCHS 17-9 to head into the fourth with a comfortable lead.
Trevor Hensley, with two 3-pointers, and Simpson led the Blue Devils in scoring with 10 points each.
Junior forward Jacob Smith nearly eclipsed double-double status with nine points and seven boards. Gillis tallied in six points, while Ethan Godsey added four points late in the fourth. Hunter Hensley, Dalton Spears (four steals) and Dylan Putman each reached the score column in the contest.
Reynolds was joined by Michael DeBusk with 11 points to lead the Warriors while two other teammates added 10 points each in the victory.
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Trevor Hensley (15 points, four rebounds) and Putman (11 points, three rebounds) scored in double figures, but it wouldn’t be enough against the senior-laden David Crockett Pioneers during Friday’s 69-45 loss in the winner’s bracket.
While keeping up with the Pioneers’ intensity, the Blue Devils were unable to orchestrate a consistent offensive flow with more than 20 turnovers during the game.
Patrick Good led David Crockett with 19 points in the contest and was joined in double figures by Peyton Ford and Brendon Coleman, who added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Chase McNabb and Smith tallied in six points to aid the UCHS offense.
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The squad opened the tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 24, with a 76-48 win over Volunteer.
Trevor Hensley led the way, scoring 21 of his game-high 25 points in the first half to keep the game in a lopsided way for the Blue Devils. The contest was a rematch from the Blue Devils’ season opener, when the squad dispatched the Falcons, 63-51, in Church Hill.
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The Blue Devils returned to action in non-conference play on Tuesday, Dec. 1, after The Erwin Record’s press deadline against Science Hill.
UCHS will open the Three Rivers Conference slate at home on Friday, Dec. 4, against Sullivan South High School.
Next week will see the squad travel to Roan Mountain to take on Cloudland on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Each night will feature junior varsity games at 5 p.m. with varsity to follow at 8 p.m.
The UCHS freshmen will play on Thursday, Dec. 3, at Sullivan South then turn around the next week with a trip to Greeneville. Both games are scheduled with a 7 p.m. tip-off.