Mavs earn split in Hall of Fame games

The 2022-23 basketball season is underway and the Anderson County High School boys basketball team salvaged a split in a pair of Hall of Fame Games Saturday at home.

The Mavericks opened the day with a 75-35 victory against Sunbright. ACHS fell to Class 3A powerhouse Fulton, 65-27.

First-year head Coach Jordan Jeffers kept the loss to the Falcons in its proper place.

“Fulton is just a different animal,” he said. “They’re the best team in (Class 3A) and they might be the best team in the state. But we did some positive things.”

The Mavericks (1-2) posted a team effort in the lopsided victory over the Tigers.

“I thought we moved the ball well against Sunbright,” Jeffers said. “I think we had 18 assists against them, and that’s good for us.”

Brandon Dake led ACHS with 23 points against the Tigers, while Carter Nelson added 10.

The Mavs opened the season Thursday night in Loudon with a 72-54 loss to the host Redskins.

Anderson County played well in the first half in Loudon, according to Jeffers.

“I thought we played OK in the first half,” Jeffers said. “And while playing well in the first half certainly gives you a chance, it doesn’t guarantee that you’re going to win.

“We didn’t shoot well in the second half and we had too many turnovers.”

Jacob Dooley led the Mavericks with 18, scoring all of his points before halftime. Nelson added 13 points and Dake finished with eight against the Redskins.