Indians subdue Cyclones, 67-47

By Ivan Sanders

In the game of basketball, mental readiness and fatigue are two factors that most often determine the final outcome of a contest.
   Such was the case for the Elizabethton Cyclones in the third and fourth-place bracket of the Arby's Classic at Viking Hall on Monday. The Cyclones were defeated by the Dobyns-Bennett Indians 67-47 on the closing day of the prolific high school tournament.
   "I thought our kids were very focused on what we needed to achieve to win this ballgame," said Indian mentor Charlie Morgan after the contest. " We knew if we could make Vince Redd work for his points, we had a very good opportunity to win."
   Redd and the rest of the Cyclones came out flat in the first half of play, due in large part to fatigue from playing their fourth game in five days.
   The Cyclones managed to keep the Indians within reach in the first period, as they were only down by seven at the end of the quarter 17-10. The Cyclones would hit four of nine from the field in the quarter with Redd showing the way with four.
   Azmar Blye and Henry Williams would then take over for D-B as they led the Indians to a 17-point second quarter, scoring five and four respectively.
   The Cyclones, meanwhile, begin showing their fatigue by hitting only 4 of 14 in the period, with many of the shots barely drawing iron. Walter Brown would pace the Cyclones with four, while Redd, who was being double and tripled team, managed only two.
   "Physically, we are really drained without a doubt," said Cyclone skipper Tony Hardin after the contest: "We didn't come out mentally focused to give ourselves a chance. They're so good, if you're not sharp mentally, they are going to hurt you."
   The Indians would take a 34-20 lead into the locker room at the break.
   The third period was played even, as both squads would add 11 more points each to their tally sheet. Redd finally managed to break free from his defenders to net six, while Brown contributed three.
   Jeremy Clark, Anuj Sharma, and Williams would each contribute three points each for the Indians in the quarter.
   The fourth quarter saw Sharma become a rebounding and scoring machine for the Indians. Sharma would hit for nine in the period, many of which came from the free-throw line after drawing the harm on second shots.
   Brown seemed to have finally broke out of a mild scoring slump, as he would pump in eight for the Cyclones. " I was waiting for a game like this to finally be able to do some things and hopefully this will pull me out of the slump," said Brown.
   Redd would once again lead the Cyclones in the scoring column with 16 followed by 14 from Brown. Sharma finished as the high-point man in the contest with 19, with Williams contributing 14 for the Indians.
   Jordan Lambert of the Cyclones probably reflected the sentiments of the Cyclones after the game. " We just need to get back into the gym and work harder to get better, so that we can make it down the road to where we want to be at season's end."
   Coach Hardin was obviously pleased with his team's showing in this year's Arby's: "We've came over here and made a name for ourselves in the other three games. We were in the consolation for the chance of finishing third and you've got to feel good about that."
   Redd, who was a shot-blocking machine in the Arby's, was honored after the conclusion of the final game by being named to the All-Tourney team.