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Jr. Devils win conference crown

Trevor Hensley provided late-game heroics and then some, on Thursday, Jan. 9, for the Unicoi County Middle School Blue Devil basketball team.
Hensley, who scored 25 points in the game, rattled off 11-straight points to send the game into overtime and the Jr. Blue Devils used the momentum to record a 50-45 win over Ross Robinson in Kingsport.
The win gave UCMS the Middle 8 Conference regular season championship – a feat the school has not accomplished since the 2004 season. The win also guarantees UCMS a first round seed in the upcoming conference tournament set for this weekend.
“In my years coaching, I have kids do that against us and they've gone on to be great college players,” Jr. Blue Devil head coach Ken Hilliard said of Hensley's performance. “I've never really seen a kid put on the performance he did. In the fourth quarter, he'd take three's with kids hanging on him and they'd go right in.”
The accolades are well-deserving to Hensley, but this year's team has been one of the most complete teams to come through the school, according to Hilliard.
“They play great together and I never have to get on to them about their effort,” he said. “They play great team ball and know who to look for when they need the big shots.
“Bryant Strother and Clay Simpson played great defense for us against Robinson. Adam Miller and Garrett Bratton are our two best defensive players and when they're out, we struggle and Troy Podvin has been shooting the ball well at practice and when that carries over to the games, we'll have another scoring threat.”

For the remainder of this article please see the 1/15/14 edition of The Erwin Record.