In a thrilling non-conference basketball game, home-standing Sullivan East nabbed an 81-71 victory over Daniel Boone.
Three players led the charge for the 7-1 Patriots as Dustin Bartley finished with 25 points, Trey Lowe 23 and Adam Davison 19.
Near the end of the third quarter, the ’Blazers were leading by one point 46-45 and used a 8-0 run to go up by nine with less than four minutes left in the period.
The tides then turned on Boone as Sullivan East ended the quarter on a 14-4 run to take a 59-58 lead into the final stanza.
“After we got down nine, we called timeout and I told them that we’re going to have to dig deep if we want to win,” East head coach John Dyer said. “We knew that guarding (Chad Heglar) was our first priority. We couldn’t let him get going because he’ll score every time down the floor if we don’t guard him. Their guards cause so many problems. We were attacking the basket really well.”
One key for the Patriots was the long ball, as they made eight 3-pointers in the second half and 13 for the game.
Mason Johnson set a record for Sullivan East with the most career charges (65) by taking two critical ones late in the game. He finished eight points.
“The charge is the most unselfish play in basketball and it takes plays like that to win games,” Dyer said.
Heglar had sort of an off night for Boone, finishing with just 10 points. Marshall Golden led the Trailblazers with 20.
Daniel Boone 62, Sullivan East 44
The Lady Trailblazers (6-1) did not get off to an ideal start, but neither did Sullivan East. The game was slow to begin, but Boone quickly caught fire in the second quarter.
Boone was down 14-12 going into the second quarter, but used a 16-3 at the start to propel them to the lead.
Senior sharpshooter Bayleigh Carmichel was the catalyst behind the surge as she nailed three straight 3-pointers. In fact, Carmichel scored 15 of her 26 points in the second quarter, all on 3-pointers. She hit eight threes on the night.
Jaycie Jenkins also had a good performance, finishing with 18 points.
The Lady Patriots simply could not cool down the Lady ’Blazers’ hot shooting once it got going. Kayla Honaker led Sullivan East with 11 points.
“We knew going into the season that Bayleigh and Jaycie were the two players with the most experience coming back,” Boone head coach Beau Hauldren said. “We’ve played some really good teams to start off the season. We went down to Bradley Central and played a good Grace Christian and good McMinn Central team. We played Bradley Central close, but didn’t win. We’re playing well to start the season.”