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Fighting Cocks top South Doyle

Published: 12:02 AM, 01/12/2013 Last updated: 12:15 AM, 01/12/2013

Author: Seth Butler
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

KNOXVILLE—Facing one of their biggest games of the 2012-13 season, the Cocke County High School Fighting Cocks prevailed on the road Friday night.

Hunter Suggs had a hot hand to lead the Fighting Cocks past South Doyle with a 21-point effort in a 60-50 win over the Cherokees. The victory keeps the Fighting Cocks locked in the top half of the District 2-AAA standings in fourth place.

“Tonight was huge for us,” Cocke County coach Ray Evans said. “Anytime you can win on the road it's a huge plus.

“We stayed calm in a good atmosphere and I felt like we controlled the game from the opening tip,” Evans said. “I'm proud of the guys, they played through some tough calling and we were able to pull it out.”

Cocke County earned the hard fought victory over South Doyle prevailing through a number of first half circumstances, including getting in early foul trouble in the front court. South Doyle has one of the district's most imposing front lines, but a number of Big Red post players were able subdue the Cherokees' post presence in the paint despite drawing a handful of early fouls. Jacob White also had foul trouble, fresh off his 29-point effort in Tuesday night's win over Morristown East.

For the full story, see the January 12-13 weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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