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Bulldogs end 23 year title drought with double digit victory over Defeated

COUNTY ELEMENTARY BASKETBALL TOURNEY

BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP

Forks River 51, Defeated 33  

By Terry Collins, Shea Haile 

Courier Sports

CARTHAGE -— The top-seed Forks River Bulldogs closed out an impressive season with a 51-33 victory in the Smith County Elementary Tournament boys championship.

The Bulldogs won their first county title since 2001 and finished their season with a 29-2 record with a 51-33 triumph at Smith County High last Monday night.

“Our kids really committed this summer,” said FRS head coach Craig Williams. “We went to a summer camp and looked very average and did not reach our potential. When we came back, we kind of refocused and got back into the gym. We put a conditioning program in and they really bought into it.”

Williams continued, “What a group, they love each other and play for each other. We played a huge schedule this year and the only team that has beat us is Pickett County. We have beaten some big time teams like Friendship Christian and Walter J. Baird.”

The Defeated Braves kept it close after one quarter but were no match for the eighth grade duo of Dylan Raines and Cooper Williams who combined to pour in 41 points. 

Raines had 10 second quarter points on his way to a game high 21 while Williams tossed in 20. As the Bulldog victory was their fifth over the Braves this season.

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