|Published: 12:48 PM, 02/23/2013
Author: Seth Butler
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
The next step in the postseason run for area boys basketball teams takes flight on Saturday night when both county high schools play in region tournament quarterfinal games.
Cosby High School again will host a Region 1-A quarterfinal game for the third straight season.
Meanwhile, Cocke County High School - making it’s first appearance in the Region 1-AAA tournament for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign, will travel to Kingsport for their quarterfinal game.
All games begin at 7 p.m.
Eagles try to give District 2-A victory: When the Cosby Eagles (17-9) take the court on Saturday night, they’ll be seeking the first win by a District 2-A school in the region tournament since their victory over Unaka in the quarterfinal round of the 2010-11 season.
District 1-A made a clean sweep in the quarterfinal round last year, with Unaka holding on for a two-point victory last season. District 1 has dominated the tournament in recent memory, with no District 2-A school advancing past the semifinal since the Eagles joined the District in 2007.
University High will travel to Cosby, after finishing the season with a 16-12 record. The Junior Bucs have dropped six of their past seven, dating back to January 28. University High fell 63-55 in the District 1-A semifinals and they by a 43-41 margin in Tuesday night’s District 1-A consolation round.
Fighting Cocks face tough road challenge: In Cocke County's first regional appearance in three seasons, the Fighting Cocks will face a tough challenge at Dobyns-Bennett on Saturday night.
Cocke County (17-12) has fallen to three heartbreaking last-second defeats in the past three weeks to fall into the situation to have to play on the road in the quarterfinal round.
Their reward is a solid Dobyns-Bennett squad (20-8) that features an imposing front line.
While Dobyns-Bennett isn’t as powerful as District 1-AAA champion Science Hill, which defeated the Indians 70-55 in Tuesday’s championship game, the task will still be challenging.
However, the Indians enter the region tournament having lost four of their past six games.
The lone victories for the Indians came in the District 1-AAA tournament quarterfinal round over Sullivan Central and in the semifinal round over Daniel Boone 67-60.
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