January 16th , 2012 9:11 am Leave a comment

Size, defensive prowess spark East past JCHS

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MOUNTAIN CITY—Sullivan East remained unbeaten in Three Rivers Conference play with a strong road victory over Johnson County on Friday night at Ray Shoun Gym.

Chase Phillips

The Patriots (18-4, 5-0 TRC) used their size to great advantage with a 32-21 rebound advantage in a serving up a 49-34 loss to the Longhorns.

“I thought we played some really good defense tonight,” said Patriots head coach John Dyer. “Forced some turnovers and the couple of times they started to rally on us we had some answers offensively. It was a very physical game. Johnson County makes you earn everything you get against them.”

East led by eight at the break taking a 22-14 lead into halftime, and that is as close as the ’Horns would get as the Pats opened the second half with a 17-10 third period to take a 39-24 advantage going into the final stanza.

The only thing East did not do well on this night was three-point shooting. Usually an effective weapon the Pats struggled, hitting just five-of-23 (21.7 percent) from beyond the arc.

Forward David Casady scored a game-high 15 points for East, but was just two-for-eight from range on the night. Chance Davis scored a dozen and Jonathan King was good for 11.

Chase Phillips scored a game-high 10 off the bench for the ’Horns (7-12, 0-5 TRC), who struggled offensively against the much taller Patriots front line. Post Carlton Tugman came alive in the second half with seven points in the paint, but it was not enough.

“For us to compete like we did with both our guards not having good games is a good sign,” said Longhorns head coach Austin Atwood. “East is big and they are so well coached. They know how to block out and get position on you and they attack that weak side of the boards. They just did a good job and we didn’t.

“It’s pick your poison with them. Their post players are so good and they shoot so well that you can’t cover everything they do.”

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