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John Sevier sweeps T.A. Dugger

BY NIC MILLER
STAR CORRESPONDENT
While the dreaded coronavirus has affected many teams during the 2020-2021 high school basketball season, some middle and high schools around the region are still blessed enough to be able to play.

One team, the T.A Dugger Cyclones boys’ squad, squared off at home Tuesday evening against the John Sevier Warriors in both junior varsity and varsity matchups.

The first game, the junior varsity contest, was an offensive show to start out, with the Cyclones jumping out to an early 16-7 lead to end the first quarter.

It was no different in the second quarter, as the high paced action led T.A. Dugger to increase their lead over Sevier before going to the locker rooms, 25-14.

And due to a valiant comeback effort by the Warriors in the third quarter and the fourth quarter, it would be John Sevier coming back and going on to win the first matchup by a slim score of 42-32.

In the effort for the Cyclones, Colby Blevins led the charge with 13 points and was followed by Justin Whitehead with nine as well as Isaiah Adams who put up five points of his own.

The varsity contest started out with the Cyclones coming out of the gate blazing hot, starting the game with a 10-0 run and eventually ending the first quarter up by a score of 13-2.

And after giving up a few points to start the second period, T.A. Dugger bounced back to bring the lead back to 11 before the break, 24-13.

The third quarter was when things began to get a little more tightly contested as spectators saw the Warriors bring things within two points before the final quarter.

At the end of three, it was still the Cyclones on top, 26-24.

The fourth quarter, and even more specifically the final moments, would be the determining factor in this one as the score was 34-31 in favor of the visiting Warriors with one minute to go in the matchup.

After having one last attempt to tie the game up with thirty seconds remaining, the Cyclones couldn’t get it to go as John Sevier would win the second game of the night by a score of 35-32.

For T.A. Dugger in the loss, both Andrew Barnett and Mason Bowling were able to score 10 points each while Jeriah Griffin dropped in eight of his own.

The three accounted for all but four of the team’s points, with the remaining points coming from Jaden Wallin with three points and one point from Ben Adams.