BY ADAM GREENE
MOSHEIM -- Greeneville opened up a lead in the first quarter and poured it on the rest of the way. West Greene had no answer in stopping the Greene Devils as they marched to an 85-35 blow out win Friday night.
The game was just what Greeneville (9-2, 4-0 District 2-AA) needed after coming off their second loss to the season, an 80-55 disaster at Science Hill. While the Greene Devils dominated West Greene (0-9, 0-4) from the opening whistle, coach Brad Woolsey didn't always like the effort he saw on the floor.
"They (West Greene) were down some people tonight and weren't full strength, but our guys came out and got after it," Woolsey said. "Fundamentally I wasn't terribly pleased how we played defensively. Hustle-wise I was pleased. We're going to have to get a lot better fundamentally to really be able to do what we want to do."
Greeneville center Jason Cobble took over the game early, scoring 10 points in the first period and adding eight more in the second. Cobble finished with 22 and only played the opening portion of the second half.
"We shot the ball decent and got some layups," Woolsey said. "Whenever Jacob is able to catch and finish, it changes our team a lot. We always have outside threats and when he's doing that, it takes our game to another level. He did a great job rebounding. He blocked some shots. I was really pleased with his effort tonight."
West Greene coach J.D. Douglas had little to say after the game. Of the Buffaloes' nine losses this season, six have been by double-digits and the 50-point margin against Greeneville was a season high.
"I don't know that it got away from us," Douglas said. "They beat us. I don't have anything to say about this game. We lost by 50. It is what it is. We'll watch some film, get back in the gym and take care of it."
The game took an ugly turn with a little over two minutes to go. A brawl nearly broke out under West Greene's goal. Taran Hurst from West Greene and Sam Whitehead from Greeneville were both ejected.
After the final buzzer, instead of holding resentment, both teams met in the center of the court and shared a moment huddled up together. The gesture meant a lot to Woolsey.
"That was a classy move by West Greene," Woolsey said. "We appreciate them doing that. It was a great way to end the game. We all make mistakes and you can acknowledge that and ask forgiveness for it."
Greeneville got 19 points from Zach Cobble, 12 from Trevor Wright and nine from Hays Culbreth. West Greene was led with 10 points from Tanner Early and nine from Tyler Earley.