Fuller scores 48 points in win over Watauga
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Watauga's boys' basketball team has faced tough opponents this season. The Pioneers have not seen anybody like Hickory's DeVonte Fuller.
Fuller scorched the Pioneers with 48 points, including 17-of-19 from the free throw line, in leading Hickory to an 86-80 overtime victory. Fuller scored eight of the Red Tornadoes' 14 points in the overtime period to beat the Pioneers, who led by 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Ironically, another Hickory player scored the biggest shot of the game. Watauga led 72-69, but Hickory's DeAngelo Beatty drained 3-pointer with 15.9 seconds left in the game.
The Pioneers nearly turned the ball over on the ensuing possession, but got the ball back with .5 seconds left. Cam Baker's shot on a lob from Utah Jones did not go in and the game went into overtime.
It didn't look like it would be all that close. Watauga went into the fourth quarter with a 58-48 lead, but Hickory scored the first four points of the fourth to pull to 58-52.
Jay Harrill countered with a basket with 6:18 left in regulation, but Watauga would not score again until an old-fashioned three-point play from Matt Lambert with 3:56.
It was the possessions between the baskets that got Watauga in trouble. The Pioneers committed five turnovers, which allowed the Red Tornadoes to close to 60-57.
Hickory finally caught up with Watauga with an 8-0 run capped with two Fuller foul shots.
Harrill and Baker both scored 21 points, but both players fouled out. Trevor Eggers scored nine points on three 3-pointers and Jones scored eight.
Marcus Young scored 12 points and Beatty added 11 for the Red Tornadoes.