It was a near comeback for the ages for Elizabethton but the Rebels had other plans.
Sullivan South (9-7) drew a foul with 0.2 on the clock with the game tied and Evan Headrick went 1-for-2 at the stripe to give the Rebels a 48-47 win Friday night in Carter County and took over first place in the Three Rivers Conference.
Cyclone Tyler Nichols (15 points) was recognized before the beginning of the contest for joining the 1,000-point club. Nichols record the accomplishment during Elizabethton’s holiday tournament run in Corbin, K.Y.
Elizabethton (10-8) cranked up the intensity in the first quarter with solid play in the paint from Conley Bowers, who contributed six points and four boards in the quarter, and a Michael Robinson 3-point gave the Cyclones a 18-9 lead heading to the second.
The Rebels brought their own toughness in the second quarter, out-scoring the Cyclones 9-2 in the first five minutes to trim the deficit to two points, 24-22, at the half.
Colton Young began the rally for the Rebels in the third, drilling back-to-back 3-pointers and helped the squad head into the fourth with their own two-point lead.
Elizabethton got back into the fray with Hunter Greene and Bo Pless each drilling shots from behind the arc drive in the lane from Tyler Nichols propped up the score at 47-all with under 30 seconds remaining.
South milked the clock when Headrick took the drive to the hoops, garnering the foul and sealing the win for his ball club.
Pless and Bowers each hit 10 points in the contest while Robinson, Alex Jones and Austin Cornett got into the scoring fray.
Elizabethton Head Coach Lucas Honeycutt
Elizabethton’s Tyler Nichols
Sullivan South’s Mark Pendleton
AROUND THE COURT
Sullivan South’s win allows the Rebels to control their own destiny in the Three Rivers Conference with a 6-0 record … In the two TRC games this week, Rebel Colton Young drilled consecutive 3-pointers to open the second half …
Tuesday, Jan. 13 – Happy Valley at Elizabethton
Tuesday, Jan. 13 – Sullivan South at Dobyns-Bennett