Rangers fall short against Sullivan Central

from staff reports

   It was a good night offensively for the Unaka High basketball team. Sullivan Central's night was just a little bit better.
   Led by the one-two punch of Josh Crain and Jon LeSueur, who combined for 45 points and five 3-pointers, the Cougars mustered an 81-73 non-conference win over the Rangers on Monday night at Snavely Gym.
   With Crain pumping in 23 points and LeSueur scoring 22 while knocking down three treys, the Cougars (17-12) were able to overcome the scoring prowess of Unaka's Aaron Dugger, who hit for a game-high 28.
   Matt Clendenin added 12 points for Central, which played its best ball during the opening half. The Cougars opened up a 19-14 lead over the course of the first quarter, then outscored the Rangers 27-16 in the second period to grab a 46-30 halftime advantage.
   Unaka (17-10) did make a comeback of sorts in the second half, making for a fairly close score at the end.
   The two teams combined for 10 3-pointers. Dugger and Dustin Collins dropped in two apiece for the home squad, with Rusty Chambers making one.
   Ben Cole and Chambers tallied 13 points apiece for Unaka, which got 10 from Collins.
   The Rangers will close out the season against two big rivals. Unaka entertains Happy Valley tonight before paying a visit to Hampton on Friday.