A double-digit deficit didn’t phase the Cyclones.
The Elizabethton boys’ basketball team rallied from an early hole to take a 65-58 victory over Sullivan South on Senior Night inside Treadway Gymnasium.
It was the first Three Rivers Conference loss of the season for the Rebels.
In the girls’ game, Elizabethton jumped out early and never looked back as they raced to a 61-27 win over the Lady Rebels.
For the Elizabethton boys, the first four minutes of the game were anything but kind.
South jumped out to a 12-0 run with a frantic pace and stifling defense. EHS, however, settled down and played even the rest of the way as they trailed 28-16 at the end of the first quarter.
The Cyclones went to work on cutting into the lead as they held the Rebels to just six points in the frame, and Elizabethton cut the gap to three points before a South shot gave the Rebels a 34-29 halftime lead.
After South pushed the advantage back to nine points to open the second half, Nico Ashley and the Cyclones went to work.
Ashley used a quick 8-0 run of his own to pull EHS back to one point. From there, the teams traded shots as Elizabethton saw South take a 43-42 lead at the end of the third.
The Cyclones broke through in the fourth quarter by seizing the lead with a run. From there, Elizabethton maintained an advantage to take the win.
Ashley had 22 points to lead the way. Parker Hughes and William Willocks added 14 points apiece, while Braden Phillips had 11 points.
In the girls’ game, once Elizabethton hit the gas there was no looking back.
After the Lady Cyclones held a 20-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, Elizabethton outscored the Lady Rebels 11-2 in the second stanza to take complete control.
The second half was much the same as Elizabethton used a 10-0 run to start the third and was never challenged the rest of the way.
Morgan Headrick had 14 points, while Kaitlin Bailey added 12 points. Lina Lyon scored eight points in the win.
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