Cold shooting underscores Cyclone loss

By Tim Chambers

   BLOUNTVILLE--Many people were wondering Tuesday night if the temperature outside would get cold enough to snow the eight inches the weatherman was calling for. Inside the Cougar Cage, the Cyclones' shooting was cold enough to produce a blizzard.
   Led by the superb inside play of Charles Lindholm and the penetration from point guard Jay Hughes, the Falcons advanced to the District 1-AA boys championship by defeating 'Betsy 63-43 Wednesday night at Central.
   "We missed seven free throws in the first half and three of them were one and ones," said Cyclone coach Tony Hardin. "We didn't shoot the ball very well and that caused some frustration in other areas of our game.
   "We had some good looks, we just couldn't knock them down tonight."
   The Cyclone jumped on top on a deuce from Charles Peters but Central answered on a hoop from Michael Porter. Elizabethton opened up a 6-4 advantage on a Lester Bailey-to-Brandon Blevins basket, followed by two free throws from Charles Peters.
   Volunteer found a seam in the 'Betsy defense as Jared Mann and Charles Lindholm were able to score in the paint to give the Falcons an 8-6 advantage. Jonathan Laing's putback at the 50-second mark tied the score at eight.
   Volunteer opened up a five-point advantage thanks to the Frazier boys, Jacob and J.C., but the orange and black responded with Adam Turley tossing in an off-balanced shot for two to cut the lead at 13-11.
   Lindholm dazzled the crowd with six straight points as the Cyclones went cold during a four-minute span. A drive by Jay Hughes followed by Mann's three-point play double the score at 28-14. A Charles Peters putback and two charity tosses from Bradley Brown cut a 15-point lead to 11 at the half.
   The Falcons were flying in the third period thanks to eight points from Lindholm and five more from Hughes. Turley's three helped 'Betsy stay within 11, but the Campbellsville College football signee was not finished.
   A pure hustle play accounted for a basket, but the Cyclone offense would hit another stall. Volunteer found the going tough for a while on the offensive end, and the Cyclones were finally able to take advantage of a golden opportunity.
   A Bailey layin followed by a Derrick Nave bank shot cut the Falcon lead to six and forced the Falcons to use a timeout. An 8-2 run in the closing minutes gave Volunteer a 44-32 advantage after three.
   The fourth quarter saw Volunteer open up a 23-point lead before the Cyclone reserves came in and performed admirably.
   A three by Troop Harris and nice bank shot from Jordan Peters closed out the scoring for the Cyclones.
   Charles Peters led the Cyclones with nine as no Cyclone player hit for double figures.
   "Charles can score, but we need to get him more touches in our offensive sets," Hardin said. "We need to have more confidence in our shooting abilities."
   Lindholm tallied 21 to pace the Falcons while Hughes knocked down 14.