Elizabethton put up a good fight. However, the Cyclones saw their chance at a share of the Three Rivers crown cling off metal on Tuesday night.
Elizabethton’s last second shot bounced off the back of the rim as Sullivan South claimed a 55-52 victory over the Cyclones in Kingsport. In the girls’ game, the Lady Cyclones put the finishing touches on a 12-0 Three Rivers campaign with an 82-28 win over the Lady Rebels.
During the nightcap, Elizabethton jumped out early as they led by as many as 12 points, including three 3-pointers in the first quarter from Michael Robinson. However, the Rebels fought back to take a 32-30 lead into the locker room at the half.
Neither team could get separation as Elizabethton held a slim 40-38 lead entering the final period. The Cyclones extended the lead to 44-40, but Sullivan South answered with a quick 9-0 run. In the closing minute Austin Cornett cut the gap to 54-52 and the Rebels added a free throw on the other end. Elizabethton got a last second half-court shot off, but saw it bounce off the back of the rim.
Bo Pless led Elizabethton with 18 points, and Conley Bowers tossed in 11 points. Robinson finished the night with 11 points.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Cyclones jumped out early and never looked back as they rolled to a 82-28 victory. Elizabethton held a 24-7 lead at the end of the first, and then turned it into a 45-15 advantage at the half.
Kelci Marosites finished with 20 points, and Kayla Marosites scored 17 points. Emily Kiser scored 14 points in the game.