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Patriots ride early 3-point barrage to win over Warriors

Pat Kenney, Sports Correspondent • Feb 11, 2020 at 10:50 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The weather made its way inside Tuesday night when visiting Sullivan East rained down a bucket full of 3-pointers on the way to an impressive 82-41 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball win over host Happy Valley.

The Patriots hit six 3-pointers in the opening period and 11 by halftime to take an overwhelming 52-30 advantage going in the second half. By the start of the fourth quarter, the lead was up to 39 and the running clock was in play.

“I was proud of our guys tonight,” said East coach John Dyer. “They made the extra pass and moved so well.

“Our defense gets lost in the shuffle. When we get down in our stance, we can really play some good defense.”

Dyer, who is retiring at the end of the season, received a video message from longtime Happy Valley coach Charlie Bayless before the game.

“I was 23 years old and coached my fourth-ever game right here in this gym,” Dyer noted. “This place means everything to me. That night, Coach Bayless treated me like a 23-year veteran. That message he sent me tonight is something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.”

Sullivan East (15-13, 8-4) had 11 players in the scoring column, led by Dylan Bartley’s 15 points. Austin Davis added 14 and Mason Montgomery 12.

Dylan Willis and Blake Young had 11 points each for the Warriors (6-18, 2-9).

“East is so good in transition,” said Happy Valley coach Jeremy Maddox. “That’s how they set up all those 3-pointers. They play advantage basketball and get you out of what you want to do and before you know it, you’re done.”

EAST GIRLS SPEED TO WIN

The Lady Patriots (20-9, 10-2) outscored the Lady Warriors 21-5 in the second quarter in the no-doubt 52-37 win. A 12-0 run to start the second half put East up 45-14.

Happy Valley (15-12, 2-9) made a modest rally, but the damage had been done.

“We played pretty good defense for the first three quarters then kind of let up,” said East coach Allen Aubrey. “I’m not mad, I just wanted us to finish better. I guess as a coach I’m always wanting to squeeze a little more juice out of the orange.”

Ashley Nunley led East with 14 points and Hayley Grubb added 12.

Jaiden Clark had 13 points for the Lady Warriors.

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