Blue Ridge boys JV basketball team earns first win of the year in LSMC tournament

It was fast and loose from the jump as Blue Ridge boys junior varsity basketball team came out with something to prove on Monday at home against Hiwassee Dam for the first round of the Little Smoky Mountain Conference tournament. The Bobcats walked away with their first win of the year with a final of 70-51.

Blue Ridge Kaleb Fugate rides the line making his way to the hoop against Hiwassee Dam on Monday. Blue Ridge won their first game of the year with a final of 70-51.

The victory was bitter sweet because Head Coach Nick Pressler was suspended for two games after receiving technicals during Friday’s game against Highlands. Blue Ridge Athletic Director and Volunteer Coach, Tim Mayse, said Pressler was missed and the boys had to step it up in his absence.

Blue Ridge Collin Bryson keeps up the pressure against Hiwassee Dam on Monday.

“I’m very proud of the way they played without their coach,” said Mayse. “The boys wanted to run it and do a full-press, it was a totally different ballgame for them. They felt like it was the best way to beat Hiwassee (Dam).”

Acting Head Coach, Griffin Taylor, said it was the best game he had seen the team play all year.

“They rallied through diversity and everybody played hard,” said Taylor.

Blue Ridge Carsen Williams isn’t afraid to go to the inside and snag a rebound against Hiwassee Dam.

Blue Ridge will play in the LMSC Tournament on Thursday, Feb. 21 at Blue Ridge.

“The tournament is anybody’s game,” said Taylor. “If we come out and play our game like we did tonight, we should be in good shape.”

Blue Ridge Jacob Pressler puts two points on the board on Monday against Hiwassee Dam at home.

Take two, Blue Ridge Carson Druffel gets his own rebound and sinks the bucket without touching the floor.

Blue Ridge Korbin Walters slows things down after the team established a 10-point lead against Hiwassee Dam.

Blue Ridge Steve Madden (left) and Korbin Walters both go for the steal against a Hiwassee Dam player as he begins to drive.

Blue Ridge Devon Bryson sinks a jump shot against Hiwassee Dam during Blue Ridge’s first win of the year.

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