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Sullivan North rolls, Volunteer bounces back in Action Athletics tourney

Jeff Birchfield • Dec 27, 2019 at 8:15 PM

KINGSPORT — It didn’t take a quarter for Sullivan North to be well on its way to victory in the quarterfinals of the Action Athletics Christmas Tournament.

The host Golden Raiders scored the first seven points and rolled to a 66-37 boys basketball victory over Lebanon in Friday’s early action.

North’s lead was 21-6 at the end of one quarter and 41-11 at the half.

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Trey Williams tallied 17 points to head up North’s balanced scoring attack that saw four players in double figures. Bryson Vance produced a 13-point effort, and Isaiah Pruitt and Christian Hill each had 11.

“Our scoring was real balanced and we did a good job of working inside out,” North coach Travis Cain said. “We got the ball to our posts inside and they’re unselfish in getting the ball back out. We had the four guys in double digits and that makes it pretty nice.”

On the other end, the Raiders (8-4) employed a zone defense most of the contest and limited the Pioneers (2-5) to just four first-half field goals.

“I thought our defense really jump-started us,” Cain said. “We did a good job of mixing up our defenses. We’re typically a zone team to keep us out of foul trouble, but we can play man decently.

“I was proud of the boys how they played so hard. We talk all the time about being a family and it was a whole lot better than it has been.”

Jacob Jackson led Lebanon with 13 points. Sage Potts had 12 and Preston Steele nine.

Volunteer 66, Chuckey-Doak 49

After seeing his Falcons blow a double-digit lead against Sullivan Central on Thursday, Volunteer coach Mike Poe was glad to watch his team build on a 31-19 halftime lead on the way to surpassing last season’s win total.

Andrew Knittel led the Falcons (7-10) with 15 points, and Dakota Hicks scored a dozen.

“It’s the first time we’ve had a lead at halftime and won,” Poe said. “We’ve wasted some leads, like last night. We were disappointed last night because we played well the first half other than we didn’t handle the ball very well. We had to put it behind us and keep on playing. I’m proud of how the guys bounced back.”

Bradin Minton and Brody Hunley each scored nine points in the win, and Tucker Bellamy accounted for seven more.

Tyler Ramsey was the high scorer for Chuckey-Doak (3-12) with 15 points. Alex Maupin added 11.

Cumberland Gap 64, Happy Valley 39

The Panthers (6-4) pulled away after the Warriors (4-6) rallied to slice their lead to five in the third quarter.

Nate Fuson led Cumberland Gap with 16 points. Jaden Schertz went 8-for-9 at the free-throw line and finished with 10 points, and Brenan Murphy tallied eight.

Alex Lunceford paced Happy Valley with 12 points. Dylan Willis totaled nine, all in the third quarter, and Luke Roberts finished with eight.

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