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Patriots rout Cougars in Dyer's final visit to Warren Dome

Pat Kenney • Jan 21, 2020 at 10:51 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan East coach John Dyer’s final trip to Sullivan Central and the Dickie Warren Dome on Tuesday night was memorable in many ways.

Dyer’s Patriots blew open the game in the second half and cruised to a 74-46 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball win over the Cougars.

Central honored Dyer, who is retiring at the end of this season, and during the evening Dyer noticed a familiar face in the crowd: the man for whom the gymnasium is named.

“It was so great to see Coach Warren in the stands,” Dyer said. “To have been able to coach against and learn from a legend like him will always be something very special to me.”

Dyer’s Patriots held a tenuous 31-27 lead at halftime, but when they went on an 11-0 run to start the third quarter, the Cougars had no answer.

“Much better defense for us in the second half,” Dyer noted. “We rebounded well and got out on the break.”

Dylan Bartley had 18 points and Clayton Ivester 14 for East (11-10, 4-2). Jacob Fields led Central (7-16, 2-5) with 14 points.

Girls

Central 64, East 35

In the opener, the Three Rivers-leading Lady Cougars gave themselves some breathing room atop the standings with a mauling of the Lady Patriots.

The Lady Patriots were looking to grab a share of first place with Central. What they got was more than they bargained for.

East (14-9, 5-2) jumped out to a 6-2 lead only to see the Lady Cougars go on a 22-2 run. And it only got worse from there. Central (20-2, 7-0) led 38-15 by halftime and 55-23 after three quarters.

“This is a special team,” said Central coach Kristi Walling. “But lately we’ve been doing just enough to get by. We challenged them this week to treat each game like it was a next-level game.

“I think tonight they responded. This was a huge win for us.”

Jaelyn West led Central with 18 points and seven rebounds. Avery Leming added 14 points, and Abbey Crawford pulled down 10 rebounds.

“We got off to a decent start, but when Central responded, we just wilted,” said East coach Allan Aubrey. "Central played with a lot of confidence and we didn’t.”

Hayley Grubb had 14 points to lead the Lady Patriots.

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