Bearden’s boys basketball won the Region 2-AAA championship on Thursday with a 74-57 victory over Powell, setting up a state sectional at home on Monday night at 7 against Dobyns-Bennett.
The win Thursday was Bearden’s 36th of the year, a school record.
The Bulldogs beat Oak Ridge on Tuesday night, eliminating the Wildcats from the tournament and avenging two losses to last year’s state semifinalists.
Despite the absence of junior post player Drew Pember, the team did well adapting to play without him and showed a lot of promise seeing members of the team step up beyond their normal roles.
“We had a short time to change; he [Pember] was just hurt Saturday night, and we had to turn around quickly and play,” Coach Jeremy Parrott said. “Guys like Shamarcus [Brown], Roman [Robinson], and London [Stephney] stepped in and not only filled their normal roles, but picked up some slack in the absence of Drew.
“It was really promising and encouraging to see those guys step in.”
All sectional winners will be advance on to the state tournament in Murfreesboro, which starts March 15. Bearden beat Science Hill in last year’s sectional before losing to Independence in the first round of the state tournament.