District 1 3-A Boys Championship… Cyclones drop overtime nailbiter to Unicoi Co.

Published 12:23 am Wednesday, February 23, 2022

FROM STAFF REPORTS
After upsetting top-seed Volunteer, the Elizabethton Cyclones were looking to complete the upset cycle on Tuesday at Volunteer High School in the championship game of the District 1 3-A Boy’s tournament.
In a thriller that took an extra session, the Cyclones came up just short as the Blue Devils held on for a 63-62 win to claim the championship.
The game was close throughout as the Blue Devils held a 35-34 advantage as both teams went to the locker room at halftime.
Senior Bryson Rollins was hot in the opening 16 minutes as he recorded 11 points to pace the Cyclones. Nicholas Wilson added nine for Elizabethton with Jake Roberts and Bryce VanHuss adding seven and five respectively.
Eli Johnson led Unicoi Co. with 11 first-half points and had plenty of help as Lucas Slagle, Grant Hensley, and Bryson Peterson scored eight points apiece to gain the slight upper hand at the break.
The second half stayed close as regulation came to a close with both teams tied at 56-56.
In the overtime session, the Blue Devils managed to just slip by to take the one-point victory.
Wilson finished in a tie for game-high scoring honors as he dropped in 18 points to lead the Cyclones. Johnson scored 18 to lead the Blue Devils.
Two other Cyclones hit double figures including Roberts (14), and Rollins (16).
For Unicoi County, three Blue Devils joined Johnson with double-figuring scoring including Peterson (15), Hensley (11), and Slagle (16).
The Cyclones will host Cocke County on Saturday at 7 p.m. while Unicoi County will host Claiborne also on Saturday at 7 pm.
District 1 3-A Boy’s Championship
Unicoi Co., 63-62 OT
Elizabethton (62)
Jake Roberts 14, Bryson Rollins 16, Seth Carter 7, Bryce VanHuss 5, Nicholas Wilson 18, Mason Ball 2.
Unicoi Co. (63)
Peterson 15, Hensley 11, Johnson 18, Slagle 16, Swineholt 3.
Elizabethton ….. 16 18 10 12 6 – 62
Unicoi Co. ……… 17 18 14 7 7 – 63

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