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Oneida leads David Crockett until the fourth

CLINTON, Tenn.  |  Is ready for high school varsity basketball? 

You didn’t need to see the box score to know the answer was probably yes; Oneida coach Jacob King had his freshman in the starting lineup for the Indians’ season-opening game against David Crockett here Saturday afternoon — and it’s an Oneida team that features quite a bit of depth and is expected to compete for a state tournament berth.

But if there was any doubt, Keeton silenced it, scoring 17 points in the Indians’ game against Crockett. 

Keeton is the younger brother of junior , who scored 19 points in the season-opener.

Unfortunately, the overall result wasn’t as bright, as David Crockett escaped with a 75-59 win, pulling away in the fourth quarter.

The Indians led by as much as nine points in the third quarter, before Crockett’s comeback began. After building a 38-31 halftime lead, Oneida went up 40-31 early in the third. From that point, however, David Crockett out-scored the Indians 44-19.

Oneida still led by two points as the fourth quarter began, but Crockett outscored the Indians 23-7 in the final period, and Oneida did not score from the field for the final five minutes of the game.

For the game, Oneida shot 53% from the field, including 44% from 3-point range, and was 87% from the line.

But Crockett was just as good — 53% from the field and 90% from the line.

had a team-high six rebounds for Oneida. had nine assists to accompany his team-high 19 points.

ONEIDA (59): M. Keeton 19, G. Keeton 17, G.  Keeton  5, Bell 4, Gilbert 4, Rector 3, Spradlin 3, Brawner 2.

CROCKETT (75): Beason 25, Cash 14, Pearce 11, Arnold 10, Jones 9, Shingledecker 6.

Fulton 74, Oneida 34

CLINTON, Tenn.  |  Is Knox Fulton ready to make a run at yet another state tournament appearance? 

If Saturday was any indication, the answer is clearly yes. The Class 3A Falcons jumped to a 27-8 lead in the first quarter here against Oneida, rode that start to a 45-16 halftime lead, and eventually won 74-34 against the Indians.

All five Fulton starters scored in double figures, and the Falcons’ defense was just as good as their offense. Oneida did not have a player in double figures. 

Mason Keeton led Oneida with eight points, and had a team-high nine rebounds. 

ONEIDA (34): M. Keeton 8, G. Keeton 6, Bell 4, Huling 4, Morgan 3, E. Rector 3, West 2, C. Rector 2, Spradlin 2.

FULTON (74): Lewis 13, D. Kimber 12, Wrancher 11, Lee 11, T. Kimber 10, Baptiste 6, Turner 3, Smith 2, Ballenger 2, Moulden 2, Lindsay 2.

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