Falcons swoop up win over Cyclones

Published 9:20 pm Thursday, December 3, 2020

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The Elizabethton boys basketball team is certainly cheering on the football team in their bid for a state championship but will be thankful to get a handful of players from that team to help out on the hardwood.

Matching up against the Volunteer Falcons, the Cyclones were looking to see if they could pull off only their second game of the year but Volunteer was looking to get a win as well as the Falcons fought off the Cyclones 60-52 to take the non-conference contest.

The game was highly contested in the first quarter as Volunteer managed to take the edge at the end of the first eight minutes of play over the Cyclones 13-12.

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William Willocks and Brayden Phillips led the early charge scoring six and four points respectively for the Cyclones while Mimon hit two treys to pace Volunteer.

Both teams continued to play well in the second quarter as Volunteer managed to keep a couple of steps ahead of the Cyclones in taking a 29-26 lead to intermission.

Kaleb Hambrick had some sting behind his shots in the quarter as he knocked down three treys to score nine of the Cyclones 14 in the stanza.

The Falcons turned the game for good in the third quarter when they distanced themselves with an 18-13 effort to build a 47-39 lead heading into the final eight minutes of play.

It was a neck-and-neck battle down the stretch as both teams scored 13 points apiece in the fourth quarter allowing the Falcons to secure the win.

Hambrick led the Cyclones with 16 points while Willocks finished with 15. Phillips tallied seven points in the loss.

A trio of players finished with four points for Coach Lucas Honeycutt’s squad including Bryce VanHuss, Caleb Franklin, and Nicholas Wilson.

Seth Carter added two points.

For the Falcons, Berry finished out the contest with a game-high 17 points.