Bulldogs set for fourth meeting with William Blount in region semifinals


Devin Alley

Freshman Justin Nordin and the Bulldogs are still fighting in the postseason despite a shorthanded roster for much of the season.

The Bearden boys basketball team is hitting its stride at the right time and will play for a trip to the round of 16 on Tuesday night. 

The Bulldogs, who have struggled with injuries all season, are finally playing with a fully healthy roster, which is something that Coach Jeremy Parrott has been waiting for all year. 

“We have only had our full roster for a handful of games throughout the season, which has caused us to struggle in some games, but we have also seen a lot of dudes step up,” Coach Parrott said. “So it is nice to have everybody back at this point in the year.”

The Bulldogs defeated arch-rival Farragut 57-47 to finish as the third-place team in the district tournament.

Led by freshman guard Justin Nordin’s 16-point performance, the Bulldogs beat Central 75-49 in the first round of the region tournament.

The Bulldogs will play district foe William Blount in a regional semi-final at Karns at 6 on Tuesday night in an elimination game. The Govs won the first three meetings between the two teams this season, including a 64-41 William Blount win in the district tournament.

“Our guys are happy that we are still getting to play,” Coach Parrott said. “No matter who is on the other side of the floor from us, we know that we are going to play our hardest.”