Jr. Cyclones drop games to Vance

Photo by John Wade
T.A. Dugger’s Kyle Wash drives past Denzel Gilmore of Vance in varsity action.

  In the first quarter of Monday night's Middle Eight Conference game with Vance, the T.A. Dugger Jr. Cyclones were hotter than a roasted pig being cooked over an open flame. But the final three quarters saw the Jr. Vikings go hog wild.
  After putting up 16 points in the first period, T.A. Dugger could muster only 14 more for the remainder of the game in a 38-30 loss.
  Vic "The Animal" Deloach put the Cyclones on the board after Vance had taken the lead on a trey from Corey Young. Kyle Wash tossed in five consecutive points, including a spectacular three-point play that gave 'Betsy a 7-3 advantage.
  A bucket from J.T. Lyons and a jump hook by Deloach gave Dugger a 16-11 cushion after one quarter of play.
  Vance mounted a comeback in the second period thanks to four points from Matt McClellan and a hoop from Mason Canty. Julian Smith kept Dugger in front with a driving lay-up followed by a putback in the paint, keepng TAD in front 22-20.
  A buzzer-beater by McClellan tied the score at the half.
  The offensive woes continued for the Cyclones in the third period. Smith's putback was the only points scored for TAD while Vance recorded another 11-point quarter, giving the Vikings a 33-24 lead after three.
  The Cyclones tired to get back into the contest on a bucket by Zach Montgomery and another by Smith, but a three from Trey Webb was too much for the Cyclones to overcome.
  Smith was the only Cyclone in double figures with 10 while Kyle Wash added seven and Deloach six to help the cause.
  "Our kids play as hard as they could play tonight," said TAD head coach James Jacobs. "This was our fourth game in five days, so our legs seemed to get tired in the second half. No. 20 (Corey Young) got loose and made some outside shots, but overall I was really pleased with our efforts."
  Junior Varsity
  Vance 44
  T.A. Dugger 26
  It was the same song, second verse in the second game as the Cyclones jumped out to a 9-3 advantage only to see the Vikings storm back. Daniel Moore got the Cyclones' first bucket, then Zack Boles and Ryan Thomas knocked down hoops for a 6-2 advantage.
  Vance cut the margin to 9-7 on a bucket from John Davis and another by Aaron Bishop.
  Drew Chambers kept the Cyclones in front with a strong baseline move and a putback with 30 seconds remaining in the quarter. 'Betsy led 13-10 after one.
  "I thought we did a really good job until fatigue caught us and we quit crashing the boards," stated Cyclone JV head coach Eric Wampler. "We let them get their confidence and allowed ourselves to be trapped on the wings, which hurt us during the game."
  Vance got hot in the second period thanks to torrid shooting from Taylor Harmon. While the Vikings rang up 13 points, TAD's only points in the quarter came on a Chambers bucket. Vance led 23-15 at the half.
  Dugger tried to stay close in the third period when Nick "The Hammer" Jenkins buried a three from the corner and Forbes added a driving lay-in. Chambers tossed in four more to keep the Cyclones close, but Vance added a runner from Davis that increased the margin at 12 going into the final quarter.
  The Cyclones used the fourth quarter to play mostly reserves, with Vance outscoring TAD 6-2 to earn the win.
  Chambers was the only player in double figures with 10 points while Thomas and Boles chipped in with four.
  "We did a good job of trapping until we lost our legs," Wampler said. "Once we lost our legs, we lost the game.
  "But we had some kids step up tonight and play well, so that I was pleased with that. We will use this game to get better in practice."