BY DARREN REESE
SUN SPORTS EDITOR
The Greeneville boys' basketball team took its first step toward its ultimate season goals Tuesday night, but head coach Brad Woolsey said his squad has a long way to go.
The Devils rolled to a 75-43 win over visiting West Greene at Hal Henard Gym to lock up the District 2-AA regular season title and the No. 1 seed for the upcoming district tournament.
But Greeneville needs to look no further than last year to see that regular season titles don't count for much during the postseason. The Devils were a perfect 12-0 in league play last year but were upset in the semifinals of the tournament.
"We had great effort tonight, but our exectution isn't quite where it needs to be in order to win more championships," Woolsey said.
"I'm proud of the kids, though. They've done a great job of sticking with things and battling through some adversity this year. Now we have to continue getting better if we want to get where we want to go."
Raheem Young finished with 15 points to pace Greeneville to victory, followed by Trevor Wright with 12 and Anton Almqvist with nine.
Eleven different players made the scorebook for the Devils.
"It's good to know that we have multiple guys that can step up and make plays at any point in the game," Woolsey said. "We have several guys that can do that."
Tyler Earley scored 16 points for West Greene. Jordan Fillers added eight and Tanner Earley six.
The early minutes of the first quarter was back and forth, and a three-pointer and a pair of free throws by Tyler Earley gave the Buffaloes the lead on a couple of occasions.
The final minutes of the first were all Devils, though. Thomas Burkey scored five points to lead a 9-0 outburst that gave the home team a 23-14 lead heading into the second quarter.
Quan Harrison and Wright each scored six points in the first as they combined to go 6-of-7 from the field.
Greeneville made 11-of-14 shots in the opening eight minutes. The scoring pace dropped off in the second, with the Devils shooting 5-of-14 and West Greene 3-of-9. Greeneville led 35-24 at halftime.
"West Greene came out and played really hard," Woolsey said. "We made a lot of shots there in the first quarter and that was huge."
The Devils once again went on the offensive in the third quarter, making 9-of-16 shots to open up a 56-32 cushion. Almqvist scored seven points in the frame.
Woolsey went to his deep bench down the stretch. Isiah Dabbs came in to tally seven fourth-quarter points.