TAD surrenders OT thriller to Vikings

Photo By Dave Boyd
TAD's Ryan Green swoops in for a shot.

By Wes Holtsclaw

   The T.A. Dugger Junior Cyclones battled back, but it was Vance which pulled the chestnuts from the fire.
   After overcoming a seven-point halftime deficit to take a fourth-quarter lead, T.A. Dugger watched its lead evaporate, forcing overtime.
   Neither unit could muster a score in the extra quarter until Vance's Sam Stipes stole the ball and drained an inside jumper with under ten seconds to go, giving the Vikings a 39-37 win.
   "We play Greeneville tomorrow night and that's all they've talked about all week," said T.A. Dugger coach James Jacobs. "We've got to come out and be ready for every game. We didn't realize that until the third quarter that we had better play."
   The Junior Cyclones opened up with solid, all-around effort from Ryan Green, Aaron Bradford and Bo Carter. They struggled in stopping Thomas Turnsell, who dropped three buckets in the first period.
   Bradford and Brent Thomas keyed TAD in the second quarter, but Vance went on a strong run to take a seven-point lead (21-14) at the end of the half. Josh Carter dropped in five points for the Vikings in the period.
   Bradford and Carter led the Cyclones' charge in the third quarter as they rallied from their deficit to take a lead. Turnsell fouled out for Vance after two buckets as the team seemed to lose its edge.
   The shot of the night took place at the buzzer when Bradford nailed an NBA-length three-pointer.
   Vance fought hard, with Stipes and Carter both hitting a trey in the fourth quarter. T.A. Dugger had a hard time holding onto the ball as time ran down and a swap of turnovers put the game into overtime.
   Turnovers and missed shots hurt both teams early in the extra frame. T.A. Dugger had a good shot at taking a lead, but Green missed a jumper.
   Another turnover put the ball in Stipes' hands. This time he pulled through with a two-pointer with six seconds remaining in the game.
   Bo Carter missed a half-court shot as the final horn sounded to give the visiting unit the win.
   "Our decision-making is going to have to be better in game situations." Jacobs said. "You can practice and get better at that. But it really hurt us in the last minute.
   "Vance is a good team. They are well-coached and tough. They always come out ready to play."
   Bo Carter and Turnsell led the game with 12 points apiece. Josh Carter and Bradford finished with 10 apiece for their teams.
   Junior Varsity
   Vance 40
   T.A. Dugger 17
   Marvin Pierson keyed a strong 17-1 second quarter run for the Junior Vikings.
   T.A. Dugger only trailed by five at the end of the first period, but Vance struck hard and fast with speedy offense. T.A. Dugger outscored its opposition in the third quarter, but it wasn't enough to close in on a win.
   Pierson finished with 13 points for the Vikings, while teammates Matt McClellan, Trevor Crump and John Frebs finished with 8, 7 and 6, respectively.
   Jared Lyons led the Junior Cyclones offensively with 12 of the team's 17 points.