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Cougars, Red Devils fall to Mavericks

The Mavericks got a lot of action from shooting guard Brandon Dake. The 6-foot-3 junior scored 14 points against Campbell County in the Mavericks’ 63- 50 win over the Cougars. (photo:Ricky Williams )
After getting off to a 1-4 start and taking a brief break over Thanksgiving weekend, Anderson County High School’s boys basketball team returned to the court last week and notched a pair of victories.

The Mavericks (3-4) closed out the week with a 63-50 win over Campbell County in Jacksboro Friday night in front of a large and spirited crowd.

“That was a big win for us,” ACHS Coach Jordan Jeffers said. “It was a rivalry renewed. That game meant a lot to the people around here, and it was fun.

“It’s always fun when you play in front of a crowd like that in December,” he said. “It was loud, and their student section was about 12 rows deep.”

Brandon Dake paced the Mavericks’ offensive attack as he scored 14 points.

Xavian James, who joined the team following the end of the Mavericks’ football season, added 14 points against the Cougars.

Defending District 4-AAA Most Valuable Player Hayden Craig was a force on the boards as he pulled down 12 rebounds.

“We had a good week and we have our whole team together,” Jeffers said. “We played a lot better defensively, and we played a lot harder.

“We had a lot more [of our team] play hard, and we played with a lot of intensity.

“Xavian James has come out from the football team, and he’s playing well,” Jeffers said.

“He plays extremely hard.”

Anderson County opened the week on Tuesday, Nov. 28, with a 65-59 win at home against former league rival Knoxville Halls, which has now been reclassified to Class AAA.

Dake had 21 points against the Red Devils.

Cam Lawson finished with 12 points for the Mavericks.