Junior Cyclones win two versus Robinson

from staff reports

   The T.A. Dugger boys basketball team started out with a crawl but finished with a flourish in a Middle Seven Conference affair on Wednesday afternoon.
   Down by nine points at the end of the first quarter, the Junior Cyclones stormed back for a 45-38 victory behind a 19-point showing by Michael Rader.
   "We came out slow," said TAD assistant coach Ryan Witten, "then we came back in the third and fourth quarters and picked up our defense."
   The Junior Cyclones (3-2, 4-3) came back to tie the game at 28 by the end of the third period, then took control in the fourth.
   Derrick Nave chipped in nine points to the T.A. Dugger cause. The Junior Cyclones visit Bluff City on Friday before traveling for games at Unicoi County next Monday.
   Seventh-grade game
   T.A. Dugger (OT) 57
   Ross Robinson 56
   In a gut-wrenching finish, Travis Bishop came through in the clutch by making the front end of a one-and-one situation with 14 seconds remaining in overtime.
   Bishop's foul shot broke a tie score and lifted the Junior Cyclones, who upped their record to 3-2 in league action and 5-2 overall.
   "We got ahead early and let them back in the game," Witten said. "But we finished strong. It was exciting."
   The Junior Cyclones were up 26-15 at the break, then Ross Robinson made its move to grab a two-point edge (37-35) entering the fourth quarter.
   It was 52-52 at the end of regulation.
   Austin Taylor and Bishop had stellar outings for T.A. Dugger, pitching in 19 and 16 points, respectively. Blake Hopson hit for double digits with 10 points.