Cyclones pull away late to defeat Tennessee High

Published 1:22 pm Wednesday, February 9, 2022

BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR SPORTS EDITOR
With so much going on during Tuesday’s basketball Homecoming 2022 at Elizabethton High School, the Cyclones almost forgot they had a basketball game to play.
Having to deal with a pesky bunch of Vikings from Tennessee High for the first two and a half quarters of basketball, the Cyclones finally got their legs under them and pulled off a 55-45 victory.
It was 19-17 at the half in favor of the Cyclones in a low-scoring affair before the juices started to kick into high gear in the second 16 minutes of play.
Jake Roberts and Bryson Rollins led the Cyclones to the front in the opening half by netting seven and six points respectively.
It was Roberts who helped to turn the game completely in favor of the home-standing Cyclones when he caught fire coming out of the break to hit four treys, a field goal, and two free throws to score 16 of Elizabethton’s 21 points in the third quarter to push the Cyclones out front 40-31 at the end of the period.
The Cyclones then managed to match the Vikings point for point in the final period to take the win. Nicholas Wilson emphatically put the finishing touch on the victory when the Cyclone post came flying down the middle of the paint and took a rebound back through the net with a rim-shaking, two-handed flush that revved up the Cyclone student body.
Roberts led all scorers in the contest with a game-high 23 points with Wilson finishing his night’s work with 10. Rollins added nine points.
Brandon DuSore led the visiting Vikings with 16 points. Colin Brown added 13.
Elizabethton, 55-45
Tennessee High (45)
Josh Sizemore 3, Colin Brown 13, Maddox Fritts 2, Zander Phillips 2, Braden Wilhoit 7, Brandon DuSore 16, Riley Gentry 2.
Elizabethton (55)
Jake Roberts 23, Bryson Rollins 9, Seth Carter 3, Bryce VanHuss 6, Dalton Mitchell 3, Nicholas Wilson 10, Mason Ball 1.
Tennessee High ….. 10 7 14 14 – 45
Elizabethton ………. 10 9 21 15 – 55

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