The Elizabethton boys’ basketball team rallied in style on Friday night.
The Cyclones erased an 18-point deficit to take a 58-54 victory over Sullivan South in Three Rivers Conference action in Kingsport. In the girls’ game, the Lady Cyclones were unable to mount a rally of their own as they dropped a 53-43 decision to the Lady Rebels.
In the boys’ game, South controlled the game for three quarters.
The homesteading Rebels held a 21-15 advantage at the end of the first quarter, and outscored Elizabethton 12-6 in the second stanza to take a 33-21 lead into the locker room at the half.
In the third quarter, Elizabethton continued to battle back after South pushed the lead to 18 points. EHS trimmed the lead back to 12 points entering the fourth quarter – setting the stage for an epic comeback.
The Cyclones methodically got back in the game as Eric Wilson helped start the rally to close out the third quarter.
Evan Perkins and Bryson Rollins hit big shots down the stretch, and Parker Hughes and Wilson added important free throws to help EHS pull ahead in the closing minutes of the game. EHS took the lead for good with just under a minute and a half to play.
Wilson had 15 points to lead the Cyclones, while Rollins finished with 14 points – none bigger then his seven fourth-quarter points. Perkins tallied 10 points in the win. Hughes finished with seven points.
In the girls’ game, Elizabethton found themselves up front early.
Kaylen Shell scored six points in the first quarter to push EHS to a 15-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Rebels, however, found their footing outscoring EHS 31-14 over the next two quarters to take control of the game.
Elizabethton continued to fight in the fourth quarter, but was unable to close the gap any further.
Shell finished with 17 points, while Morgan Headrick had 14 points. Kelsie Winters tallied nine points for the Cyclones.