Mid-season form… Dugger, Vance battle to the wire in Jr. Viking 38-35 victory

Published 12:51 am Saturday, November 9, 2019

It may only be the first week of the regular season but if anyone was watching the T.A. Dugger boy’s varsity game against Vance on Thursday, it may have seemed like the season was halfway over as the two teams duked it out for 24 minutes before the Jr. Vikings sailed away with a tight-fisted 38-35 win.
At the end of the first quarter, T.A. Dugger fought from behind to grab a two-point lead at the first horn, 13-11.
Eli Blevins and Mac Paulson both drained a trey each in the quarter while Will Churchill also added three the conventional way.
Luke Whaley and Zackery Bates added two points each in the quarter as well. 
Both teams exchanged runs in the second period before Vance was able to jump out front but just barely at halftime as the Jr. Vikings outscored the home Jr. Cyclones 11-8 in the stanza to take a 22-21 lead to the locker room.
Whaley, Bates, Jeriah Griffin, and Zion Reddick each scored a bucket in the quarter for TAD.
Neither team could get into an offensive gear in the third period as Vance managed to add a couple of points to their lead outscoring the Jr. Cyclones 7-5 coming out of the break to go up 29-26.
Griffin and Bates had a field goal each and Churchill connected on 1-of-4 from the foul line in the quarter.
It was anybody’s game heading into the final six minutes of play as both teams left it on the court to the enjoyment of the good crowd that was on hand to watch the final minutes of the game unfold.
Both teams battled and scraped to the final horn playing dead even, 9-9, with the three-point advantage carried from the third quarter standing up down the stretch for Vance.
Churchill led the Jr. Cyclones with eight points in the game while Reddick had five points in the third to give him seven points for the game.
Bates finished the contest with six points with Whaley and Griffin closing out the night with four points apiece.
Paulson and Blevins balanced the scorebook with three points each.

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