Bryson City – Swain opened Smoky Mountain Conference play on Tuesday as the hosted Robbinsville. The Black Knights came out aggressive holding a 20-19 advantage after the 1st quarter of play. But midway through the 2nd quarter the Maroon Devils got a spark and began to pull away, eventually taking a tough 81-67 win over the Knights.
Carter Kirkland sparked the Devils in the 2nd quarter. Kirkland would score 10 straight points to close out the 2nd quarter for the Devils and push their lead to 41-34. Kirkland finished with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.
In the end it was senior Isaiah Collins who had the monster night. The Devils center controlled the paint and fueled a Devils team to 56 rebound night.. Collins himself finished with a 20-20 double-double. He finished with a game high 29 points to go along with a game high 23 rebounds, including 14 on the offensive glass.
Donnavin Groenewold finished with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
Carter Kirkland 15, Donnavin Groenewold 15, Cameron Blankenship 7, Joshua Collins 7, Cooper Hyatt 8, Charlie Collins, Nathan Bogdanowicz, Isaiah Collins 29