EHS spells defeat for Brentwood

By Ivan Sanders

   Santa came a little early for the Cyclones on Friday afternoon in Nashville.
   Behind the play of 6'6" Vince Redd, the Cyclones exploded in the fourth quarter to defeat the homestanding Brentwood Academy Eagles 57-42 in the Eagles Christmas Tournament.
   EHS played a solid game as it constantly harassed the Eagles into numerous turnovers for easy buckets at their end of the floor. The Cyclones took a slim six-point lead after one period of play, 13-7.
   The second quarter was played evenly as the Eagles managed to take a 12-11 scoring advantage. The Cyclones were able to maintain a 24-19 halftime edge.
   Elizabethton didn't shoot a very high percentage from the three-point arc, but the defense was vintage Cyclone basketball which allowed the Cyclones to hold off a very talented Eagles team coached by former Science Hill mentor George Pitts.
   Defense was the name of the game in the third quarter with Brentwood scoring a total of eight points while EHS managed only five. The point output allowed the Eagles to narrow the Cyclones' lead to only two points entering the fourth-and-decisive period of play.
   That's when Redd and B.J. Miller took matters into their own hands, as both Cyclones registered seven points in the quarter. The Cyclones outscored the Eagles 28-15 to take a big 15-point win over Pitts' squad.
   The shot of the night had to be when Redd stepped outside the three-point arc and promptly nailed the trey. Redd was the high point-man of the night, registering 18.
   Miller finished the evening with 11 and Jordan Lambert pitched in with 10. King Dunley, who matched up size-wise with Redd, led Brentwood with 12. David Holbert added 10 for the Eagles.
   The Cyclones were impressive from the free-throw line as they hit 12-18 for 67 percent. Redd would add four rejections on the night for the Cyclones defensively.
   The long trip to Nashville probably played a big part in the Cyclones having a low shooting percentage from the outside against the Eagles.