Craig Harris/Macon County Times Red Boiling Springs High senior guard Justin Bohanan scored six points in the Bulldogs’ 60-38 victory over visiting Westmoreland.

Craig Harris/Macon County Times

Red Boiling Springs High senior guard Justin Bohanan scored six points in the Bulldogs’ 60-38 victory over visiting Westmoreland.

RED BOILING SPRINGS -- Justin Bohanan has been forced to adjust quickly.

The Red Boiling Springs High boys basketball team also adjusted during the second half of its season opener against visiting Westmoreland, pulling away for a 60-38 victory on Nov. 19 in a Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association (TSSAA) Hall of Champions game.

"(RBS head coach Michael Owens) told us where he wanted us to get the ball," Bohanan -- a senior guard -- said. "We didn't play well (in the first half). We just came out and played (better after halftime). We started knocking down more shots and just played."

Bohanan was in the starting lineup for the first time in his career.

"I wanted to play more (this season)," Bohanan said. "My first year (of playing basketball) was last year. I wasn't expecting to play (last season). Being my senior year, I was hoping that I'd either be the sixth man or play more."

It didn't take Bohanan long to rid himself of his pregame jitters.

"You're nervous, but it didn't take long to settle down," Bohanan said. "It's just getting out there and doing it."

Bohanan would have likely been coming off of the bench, but injuries to two starters -- senior forward Dalton Thompson (who suffered a leg injury that leaves his season in jeopardy) and senior guard Mason Hix (who is sidelined for approximately six weeks) -- forced him into the starting lineup.

"We have to step up," Bohanan said. "(Owens) tells us what our roles are. For me, it's defense.

"It changed us up a lot. I've never started a game before. I knew the plays, but it's different when you're starting."

Back-to-back baskets from junior Omarion Williams sent the Bulldogs into the second quarter with an 8-4 lead, but the Eagles responded by scoring the first seven points of the second stanza, resulting in an 11-8 advantage for the visitors.

The two teams traded runs for the remaining five-plus minutes of the half, which included one tie and two lead changes.

Layins from Bohanan and senior center Dalton Marsh pulled RBS back to within a point (21-20) at halftime.

Westmoreland employed a full-court press in the third quarter, leading to a series of transition opportunities.

"That was the difference in the game," Owens said. "We did a good job of breaking that (press). We did a good job of getting 8-10 points. We got comfortable and got a little confidence. That was the big turning point in the game."

Bohanan converted on two transition opportunities, as did senior teammate James Sampson.

"Justin played really well," Owens said. "He played hard. He made a couple of layups, and he did a good job of guarding Kirby (Bickerton, the Eagles' top returning scorer).

"Omar did a good job of attacking the baskets, and he got some boards. Everybody has to step up and play."

RBS started the second half with a 26-8 run, building a 17-point lead (46-29).

"I said, 'Just go play,' " Owens said. "We just came out and played in the second half.

"I drew it on the board where the open spots were, and we did a good job of attacking it."

Murphy scored 16 of his game-high 19 points in the second half, and he also grabbed nine rebounds.

Marsh and Williams scored 13 points each, and Marsh also grabbed 13 rebounds.

Bickerton scored a team-high 16 points.

• Later that night, RBS took control early on and rolled to a 65-45 victory over visiting Christian Community School.

The Bulldogs led 16-8 after one period of play, 32-21 at halftime and 53-36 entering the fourth quarter.

Marsh produced another double-double of 33 points and 12 rebounds, and Sampson made all four of his squad's 3-pointers -- three of which came in the third quarter -- to finish with 17 points.

Williams provided 10 points and nine rebounds.

The Colts made nine 3-pointers.

Brooks Pugh and Conner Martin led CCS offensively with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Red Boiling Springs boys 60, Westmoreland 38

WESTMORELAND (38) – Kirby Bickerton 16, Ryker Hodge 7, Dawson Mitchell 7, Collin Casteel 3, Brycen Perdue 3, Easton Crump 2.

RBS (60) – Matthew Murphy 19, Dalton Marsh 13, Omarion Williams 13, James Sampson 7, Justin Bohanan 6, Jordan Bohanan 2.

Half: 21-20, Westmoreland. Three-point goals: Westmoreland 4 (Bickerton 1, Casteel 1, Hodge 1, Perdue 1), RBS 4 (Murphy 3, Sampson 1).

Red Boiling Springs boys 65, Christian Community 45

CCS (45) – Brooks Pugh 12, Conner Martin 11, Drew Belcher 8, Micah Jones 7, Jordan Hamm 4, Asher Nix 3.

RBS (65) – Dalton Marsh 33, James Sampson 17, Omarion Williams 10, Matthew Murphy 5.

Half: 32-21, RBS. Three-point goals: CCS 9 (Martin 3, Belcher 2, Pugh 2, Jones 1, Nix 1), RBS 4 (Sampson 4).