The Indians advanced to meet Gate City on Monday in the sixth-place game of the annual boys basketball tournament. It will be the first meeting between the teams since 2012.
“That’s a sign of a good team is the ability to close out the game,” Tribe coach Chris Poore said. “In games where you’re not really clicking offensively and things don’t look really pretty, you have to have a little bit of grit.”
Charlie Browder led the Indians with 16 points and Foreman totaled 11.
“I practice those types of things like free throws every day. I knew I had to go down there and put the game away,” Foreman said. “I like to calm down, get in a rhythm and just shoot the ball. Let it go through your hands.”
Saturday’s game offered some intriguing matchups: Foreman against AAU teammate Conner Jordan, Browder against freshman Braden Ilic and Riamello Wadsworth against the Hurricanes’ Cameron Rymer.
“Two high-caliber teams lead to a lot of unique individual matchups,” Morristown East coach Ryan Collins said. “I thought Charlie did a good job with his back to the basket. We couldn’t match his physicality. Marae and Conner going against each other made life tough. They also tried to take Rymer out of the game with their best defender in (Wadsworth). Cameron came away with 20 and found different ways to score the basketball.”
The Indians were up by 10 points with less than 1½ minutes left to play, but a final push by the Hurricanes tied the game at 62. In the end, the ’Canes couldn’t get the needed steal on the inbounds pass thanks to Foreman’s outstanding ball-handling ability.
Rymer led Morristown East with 20 points. Jordan had 19 and Ilic 17.
Gate City was entering the court as the Indians exited, and the words “We’ll see you all Monday, boys” could be clearly heard.
“We knew in the back of our minds that (Gate City) is the team we wanted to play,” Poore said. “It’s a game that we’ve been looking forward to and, for whatever reason, it hasn’t materialized. We’re really looking forward to it and it should be a game that should be fun to watch.”