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By GOOSE LINDSAY
Things couldn't have got much better over the weekend for the Harriman Blue Devils as Jeff King's squad picked up victories over the Blue Devils two biggest rivals, Rockwood and Kingston.
Victory No. 1 came Friday as Harriman downed Kingston, 55-47. The Blue Devils followed that up on Saturday with a 55-48 victory over Rockwood. Saturday's victory was also huge as it helped the Blue Devils stay near the top of the District 3-A standings.
Harriman vs. Kingston
Friday's game was close throughout, but the Blue Devils had just enough offensive firepower to pull away in the second half for an eight-point victory.
Neither team could find an upper hand in the first period as the Blue Devils led 13-12 after eight minutes of play. Six different players scored for Kingston in the first period while Dimitrique Inman (6 points) and Darius Gallaher (5 points) did most of the damage for Harriman.
Kingston made up that point in the second period as the Jackets and Devils were tied at halftime, 27-27.
Balance was again the key for Kingston in the period as five players scored led by four points each from Preston King and Lucas Clower.
Inman (5 points) and Sam Davis (4 points) paced Harriman in the second quarter.
Things remained tight in the third period although Harriman did win the third quarter by three points as they took a 42-39 lead into the final period of play.
Inman and Gallaher scored four points each for Harriman in the third period while Zach Eason (5 points) and Aaron Fielden (4 points) led the way for the visitors.
Harriman added five points to their lead in the final period as they pulled away for the 55-47 victory.
Inman and Michael Steinmetz scored four points each for Harriman in the final period while Fielden and Darren Mossing scored four each for the Yellow Jackets.
Inman led Harriman on the night with 19 points while Gallaher added 10.
Fielden scored 12 points to lead the way for Kingston while Eason added 10.
Kingston (47) King 4, Basler 7, Mossing 6, Fielden 12, Foster 2, Clower 6, Eason 10.
Harriman (55) Sawyer 7, Dishman 2, Inman 19, S. Davis 6, B. Davis 3, Gallaher 12, Steinmetz 6.
Harriman vs. Rockwood
Saturday's game was similar as the Blue Devils again needed a big second half to pull out the victory.
Inman started strong for the Devils on Saturday as he scored nine points in leading the Devils to a 15-10 lead after eight minutes of play.
Cleveland Davidson scored six points, including a long three-pointer at the buzzer to lead Rockwood in the first quarter,
Davidson stayed hot in the second quarter as he buried two three-pointers and scored eight points in leading the Tigers to a 27-26 lead at intermission.
Darius Gallaher scored five points for Harriman in the period.
The third quarter would basically decided the game as the Blue Devils outscored the Tigers 19-5 in the frame to take a 45-32 lead into the final period of play. Inman (7 points) and Gallaher (5 points) led the charge for Harriman in the third quarter.
Harriman held a double digit lead for much of the final period, but the Tigers did pull to within six points late in the contest before Harriman sealed the deal at the end.
Inman led Harriman on the night with 22 points while Gallaher added 16.
Davidson led the Tigers with 18 points while Brendan Kirkland added 10.
Rockwood (48) Bear 4, Davidson 18, Lawson 2, Webster 6, Breazeale 3, Freels 2, Kirkland 10, Hagermaker 3.
Harriman (55) Sawyer 4, Dishman 3, Inman 22, S. Davis 1, B. Davis 3, Howard 2, Gallaher 16, Steinmetz 4.