BY BRYCE PHILLIPS, Elizabethton Star
Coming into Friday’s game with the Tennessee High Vikings at Science Hill, the Elizabethton Cyclones were looking to keep their five-game win streak alive.
The Vikings, however, used a big third quarter to fend off Elizabethton down the stretch, 53-49, in some nonconference action.
Coming out of the first quarter, the Cyclones held a 13-9 lead over the Vikings as Elizabethton’s Evan Perkins knocked down two 3-pointers. Perkins’ teammate Nico Ashley hit a shot from outside the arc while EHS’s Carter Evertt found four points off a couple inside buckets.
The Cyclones kept powering forward in the second frame as they outworked the Vikings 11-8 in the frame to take a 24-17 lead into the half. Elizabethton’s Eric Wilson paced the Cyclones with four points in the second while teammate Parker Hughes hit a 3-pointer. Ashley and Bryson Rollins each had a bucket to help the Cyclones’ cause.
Behind a nine-point quarter from Tennessee High’s Nolan Wilson, the Vikings would stun the Cyclones 21-9 in the third frame, and after three quarters, the Vikings led Elizabethton 38-33.
Tennessee High narrowly outscored Elizabethton 16-15 in the fourth. The Cyclones fought throughout the frame.
With 4:35 left in the game, Ashley knocked down a 3-pointer to cut into Tennessee High’s lead 46-41. A driving a layup and a pair foul shots from Hughes and Wilson, respectively, would get the Cyclones within two points of the Vikings with 3:39 left to play. A steal by Wilson would lead to him getting fouled and going to the line where he knocked down one foul shot to cut the Vikings’ lead to 47-46 with 3:28 on the clock.
A couple of buckets by the Vikings would scoot Tennessee High on out to a 51-46 lead before Hughes found the net from outside to get EHS within striking distance 51-49 with 29.3 ticks left to play. The Vikings, however, would hold on down the stretch for the win.
Wilson had 11 points to pace E-Town while Ashley had nine. Rollins and Hughes had seven points apiece.
The following day, the Cyclones topped Meigs County, 55-38, to get back on track.
That victory saw Ashley lead the Cyclones and the game with 15 points. Wilson and Hughes finished with 12 and ten points, respectively.
Elizabethton (6-1, 2-0) will be back in action this evening at Dobyns-Bennett.