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Fighting Cocks hold on

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CCHS senior Jacob White led the Fightng Cocks in scoring with 24 points in a 76-71 victory over Gatlinburg-Pittman High School on Tuesday night.
Published: 2:57 PM, 11/29/2012 Last updated: 3:00 PM, 11/29/2012
 

Author: Caleb Chrisman
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Cocke County head coach Ray Evans said he felt his team grew up some on Tuesday night.

Following a 76-71 win over Gatlinburg-Pittman at home, it's easy to see why.

The Fighting Cocks got scoring from several different players and displayed solid team basketball while closing out strong after a late rally from the Highlanders.

"The thing about this team, we're right now so inexperienced we want to get tight (at the end)," Evans said. "That's why I'm trying to save my timeouts until the fourth quarter, so when a tight game comes I can call a timeout to settle us down. Once we settled back down there at that point, I just got them calm and got them thinking more about the game instead of what's at stake."

"I just settled them down and they came out and executed better than I thought they would. They stepped up tonight, and again I've said it before, they grew up a little bit tonight," Evans said.

Jacob White tallied 24 points and Dylan Dockery tossed in 20 more to lead Cocke County (3-4). Hunter Suggs added 10 points in the victory.

For the full story, see the November 29 edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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