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Dockery powers CCHS to consolation win

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Cocke County senior forward Dylan Dockery powered the Fighting Cocks to a consolation round win over Morristown West with a 35-point effort.
Published: 1:47 PM, 02/20/2014 Last updated: 1:48 PM, 02/20/2014
 

Author: Seth Butler
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

DANDRIDGE—Morristown West coach Derek Creech may not be invited to graduation exercises for Cocke County senior Dylan Dockery, but he’ll gladly crash the party to hand him his diploma.

After being a thorn in the side of Creech and the Trojans for the last three years, Dockery did it one more time on Tuesday night.

Dockery scored a game-high 35 points in leading Cocke County past Morristown West by a 68-59 score in the District 2-AAA boys consolation game at Jefferson County High School. The high scoring night came just 72 hours after being held to just six in a crushing five-point loss to Sevier County in the tournament semifinals.

“You just have to forget it, it’s in the past,” Dockery said. “I thought I played good on defense, but on offense, I couldn’t buy a shot (in the tournament).

“Tonight, I knew I had to come in and make up for it with my team, I owed them one,” Dockery said.

The thrashing Dockery put on the Trojans came from virtually every which way on the floor. He drained 10 field goals, and then went a pivotal 12-of-13 at the free-throw line.

Even though the box score showed perhaps Dockery was unguardable, Creech thought his squad actually did a good job on him defensively in a 22-point first half.

“Tonight, I went in at halftime and thought we guarded him pretty good and my assistant tells me he had 22,” Creech said. “He just made shots.

“He’s a good player and big players step up in big games and he did that tonight,” Creech said.

It’s the latest in the big game against the Trojans for Dockery, who has averaged 15.9 points per game against Morristown West in eight games over the past three seasons.

“He likes that physical play,” CCHS coach Ray Evans said. “He’ll go in there and beat and bang with them and then step out and when the guy relaxes, he’ll hit a three or two on them.

“He did what he does, he’s been big for us all year,” Evans said. “He’s just a big player in big games.”

Despite Dockery’s success on offense, Cocke County (18-12) had to rally the troops to stave off a furious Trojans’ (14-14) rally in the final minutes of the game. After leading by as many as 14 in the game, a pair of 3-pointers, which would’ve cut Cocke County’s lead to two, were off the mark in the final two minutes.

“We dug ourselves a hole in the third quarter, but I coach a bunch of fighters,” Creech said. “We had two great looks from three, with two of my better shooters and they didn’t go in and Cocke County did a good job of finishing us off at the free-throw line.

“Once we got the tempo going, (Cocke County) missed a couple of easy ones on their end, we got a few run outs and the guys started believing,” Creech said.

While Cocke County had built up their double-digit lead, they failed to match the intensity and had a couple of key turnovers and missed layups, which all contributed to West’s rally.

“We have a bad habit of getting hesitant,” Evans said. “Once (the other team) turns the intensity up, it takes us a little time to match that, but we stayed tough and kept grinding to the end.”

Cocke County now turns its attention to Saturday night’s (Tip-off: 7 p.m.) Region 1-AAA Tournament quarterfinal game at Tennessee High. The Fighting Cocks seek their first Region 1-AAA win since 2008 and look to redeem themselves after last year’s 70-31 blowout loss at Dobyns-Bennett. Morristown West will travel to play the Indians at the Buck Van Huss Dome on Saturday.

“It’s going to be a hard fight,” Dockery said. “We’ve got to prepare and watch film and get ready, because we know it’s going to be a battle.”

CCHS (68): Dylan Dockery 35, Hunter Suggs 7, Seth Lovell 7, Jerick Varner 6, Jake Lindsay 5, Kordell Stewart 5, Ben Conard 3.

MWHS (59): Jake Logan 12, Josh Black 10, Aaron Jones 8, Brandon Wilson 8, Kenny Watson 7, Nick Gardner 4, Logan Willis 4, Darius Mathes 4, Nik Davis 2.

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