Cyclones rip Abingdon

from staff reports

   Vince Redd scored 22 points to lead the Elizabethton Cyclones to a 70-45 win over Abingdon in the opening round of the Pepsi/Virginia Highlands Classic Thursday night at Virginia High School.
   While Redd was the offensive leader, the Cyclones relied on a total team effort to turn back the challenge of the Falcons. Defensively, Walter Brown and Lester Bailey each had three steals to complement Redd's nine rebounds and three blocked shots.
   The Cyclones took control of the game in the closing minutes of the first half, going on a 10-0 run to close out the second quarter. By halftime, they were ahead by the score of 37-18.
   With the win, Elizabethton improved to 4-1 on the season.
   They advance to the semifinal round of the tournament, where they will face Knox Bearden, 83-37 winners over Chilhowie, at 7 tonight.