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Six valuable ways to spend your basketball dollars this week

Douglas Fritz • Jan 14, 2020 at 12:30 PM

It’s Definition Week for some Northeast Tennessee basketball teams.

Most of the nonconference muddle is out of the way, and teams face league tests that will help shape the rest of their seasons.

Here’s a ranking of the best games on this week’s schedule:

No. 1 — Friday, boys: Dobyns-Bennett at Science Hill

A person would have to travel all the way to Hawaii to find a team that has beaten the Hilltoppers this season. And although the Indians have been up and down this season, both teams are undefeated in the Big 7 Conference heading into their Tuesday games. This should be a tone-setter for the rest of the regular season.

No. 2 — Friday, girls: Dobyns-Bennett at Science Hill

Science Hill entered the season as a strong favorite to win the Big 7, but D-B has positioned itself to threaten the Lady Hilltoppers. Both enter Tuesday play with perfect league records.

No. 3 — Friday, girls: Daniel Boone at David Crockett

This one gets the slight nod over the boys’ game because of the Lady Pioneers’ impressive showing in a double-overtime loss to Science Hill. Meanwhile, Boone was taking D-B to the limit.

No. 4 — Friday, boys: Daniel Boone at David Crockett

These teams have combined for five straight losses, but the competition — Science Hill, D-B and Siegel — has been stiff. There’s a lot at stake as one of these teams could be boxed into a corner by week’s end.

No. 5 — Tuesday, boys: Elizabethton at Sullivan South

It has been a difficult season for the Cyclones, who were hit hard by injuries and have just four wins in 15 games. But a win here puts them in a first-place tie.

No. 6 — Friday, boys: Cloudland at Hampton

The Highlanders opened some eyes with their win over University High, just three nights after the Buccaneers crushed Hampton. It looks like a four-horse race in the Watauga Valley, but this game will provide more clarity.


Boys highlight games

Tuesday — David Crockett at Tennessee High; Elizabethton at Sullivan South

Friday — Dobyns-Bennett at Science Hill; Daniel Boone at David Crockett; Sullivan East at Elizabethton; Cloudland at Hampton

Boys Top 10

After the top two spots, there are a lot of question marks for the remaining order of the rankings.

Team W-L Prv
1. Science Hill 18-1 1
2. Sullivan South 16-3 2
3. Dobyns-Bennett 9-7 3
4. Tennessee High 13-6 6
5. Daniel Boone 9-6 4
6. David Crockett 11-7 5
7. Sullivan East 9-9 8
8. Cloudland 11-6 NR
9. University High 8-8 10
10. Hampton 12-8 7

Girls highlight games

Tuesday — Sullivan Central at Unicoi County

Friday — Dobyns-Bennett at Science Hill; Daniel Boone at David Crockett; Sullivan East at Elizabethton; Unaka at North Greene

Girls Top 10

Several teams made upward movements in this week’s rankings.

Team W-L Prv
1. Sullivan Central 16-2 1
2. Science Hill 11-7 2
3. Dobyns-Bennett 15-5 3
4. Cloudland  14-2 5
5. Elizabethton 10-7 7
6. David Crockett 10-9 8
7. Daniel Boone 8-8 4
8. Sullivan East 12-8 9
9. Unicoi County 12-6 6
10. Happy Valley 12-6 10

(Contact Douglas Fritz at dfritz@johnsoncitypress.com.)