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Traiblazers trip Patriots in Dyer's regular-season finale

Dylan Young • Feb 14, 2020 at 10:55 PM

BLUFF CITY—John Dyer may have lost in Friday night’s nightcap, but his legacy will forever be a win for Sullivan East.

Daniel Boone was the last regular-season opponent in the lengthy career of the Patriots’ head basketball coach. Unfortunately for Dyer, he was not crowned victorious in a tough battle won 80-68 by the Trailblazers.

“It was a very emotional rollercoaster in this game,” Dyer said. “I love this team, and I hope everyone loves this team. We went up against a great group of guys on Daniel Boone and couldn’t come out on top. The wonderful thing about this, though, is this isn’t the last home game. We will be back at (Sullivan East) for the tournament.”

Despite the loss, Dyer will do his best to push East (15-14) and his career as far as they can go during the postseason.

“I can promise you that we will make this last ride in the tournament one to remember,” Dyer said.

Boone (14-12) trailed only a handful of times, but not by much.

Jared Adkins’ game-high 32 points carried the Blazers to victory. Cade Norris followed with 19 and Colby Backus scored 10 points.

East’s Dylan Bartley led the way for his team with 24 points and Ethan Bradford netted 18.

Dyer’s regular-season finale began with a scoring frenzy. After the back-and-forth battle, Boone gained a modest lead of 15-10 thanks to back-to-back buckets. However, East lingered around, trailing 19-17.

The Patriots notched the score up at 19 to start the second quarter and grabbed their first lead of the game midway through at 23-22.

Boone did not trail long, though.

“You are never up by too much with East,” Trailblazers head coach Chris Brown said. “We have to continue to play good defense and match our opponent’s scores. I thought we also did a great job at rebounding the basketball.”

An 8-3 run finished the first half for the ’Blazers, giving them a 32-29 advantage.

A pair of threes for both squads inserted excitement into the early part of the second half. That excitement was purely stolen by Boone, however, with a 9-0 run.

East trailed 47-35 after Boone’s run, but eight straight points from the Patriots had them back within single digits.

Boone’s advantage was shrunk to 51-45 at the close of three quarters.

The single-digit lead quickly ventured back to double digits after a 9-1 run by the ’Blazers to begin the final eight minutes.

After reattaining the double-digit lead, Boone never let it get back to single digits.

“The win was nice, but it was an honor to be on the sideline with Dyer tonight,” Brown said. “He is a legend to our coaching fraternity. It was a special night for all of us.”

GIRLS

Daniel Boone 47, Sullivan East 36

Turnovers almost got the best of Daniel Boone against Sullivan East.

Fortunately, no matter the turnover count for the Lady Trailblazers, they never lost the lead while in the Dyer Dome.

The Lady Patriots tied the score at 34 but failed to do more as Boone closed the game on a 13-2 run for a 12-point victory.

“I thought we did a great job in the first half,” Boone head coach Beau Hauldren said. “I noticed at halftime that we were only up by nine points. I thought we did a great job handling East’s zone in the first half but didn’t do that great of a job of it in the second half. Jaycie Jenkins hit two daggers from the 3-point line to help us close the game.”

Boone (17-9) was led by the game’s leading scorer in Jenkins with 23 points. Savannah Jessee added nine points to the victory.

East (20-10) had only five players enter the scorebook as Jenna Hare led her team with 17 points.

The start of the game was a back-and-forth battle for who could control the lead.

Boone managed to separate itself by six points after seven minutes went by, despite turnover trouble.

The Lady Patriots cut their deficit to two, though, after back-to-back 3-pointers by Hare.

A 15-13 lead by Boone gradually expanded thanks to a 10-0 run — six of the 10 points came in transition.

East finally found the basket after a seven-minute drought, but squeezed out only four points for the second quarter.

Jenkins and her nine points led Boone to a 26-17 halftime cushion.

East took advantage of the third quarter by cutting into Boone’s advantage bit by bit.

The Lady Patriots came within four points several times. They could never get it any closer until a small 5-1 run had them down only 32-30.

Despite East getting the better of things in the third quarter, the Patriots still trailed 34-30.

Nevertheless, East knotted the score at 34 early in the final quarter. Unfortunately for the Lady Patriots, the Lady ’Blazers sparked the aforementioned 13-2 run to close the game.

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