Cyclones topple 76ers for STAR tourney crown

By Wes Holtsclaw
STAR Correspondent

   Just like the Rock, the T.A. Dugger 7th Grade Cyclones laid the Smackdown on the Happy Valley Memorial Park 76ers to take the 12-13 year old crown at the Elizabethton STAR Christmas Classic at the Boys and Girls Club.
   "They played very well against us, anytime you get to play T.A. Dugger you're gonna get excited," said Cyclone coach Ryan Witten, "In the second half we came out and played well. I challenged then and they responded."
   People might call Weston Issacs 'Shaggy', but last night his defense wasn't 'Shabby' as he and Preston Smith caused a problem early for the 76ers.
   Austin Taylor played big in the first half, scoring nine of his game high 15 points early. Cory Hilton also made a dent scoring 10 points in the game.
   "We turned it up trying to run the press," said Witten, "Austin can play well. He's our leader, he's gotta know when to take over, but he'll be a good one."
   But that wouldn't be it, as Travis Bishop and Blake Hopson dominated as well.
   The 76ers played a quality game early, cutting the Cyclone lead down to ten points. Corey Nave led them with nine points.
   The game played a significant part with the fans, as over 80 percent of the kids on the 76ers and the Sharks team didn't make the T.A. Dugger team.
   However, the Cyclone proved that they are the real deal in taking the tourney crown.
   10-11 year old Championship
   Carver Toppers...........................48
   Westview Vols............................44
   In the earlier game of the evening, the Carver Toppers led by Josh Odom topped the Westview Vols in a tight 48-44 game.
   "It was good and fun," said Topper player Josh Odom, "We worked hard and pulled it out when they came back."
   Carver started out early led by Pedro Turner and Anthony Phillips, but Odom topped it off for the team scoring on huge drives.
   Westview wasn't far behind as they closed in late, led by Allan Cremins and Jonathan Fox, and closed in on Carver 30-21 after the first half.
   The second half was tighter, as the Westview team took the lead early and swapped it several times with Carver. However, it would be the Toppers pulling it out at the end with the 48-44 win.
   Overall it was a successful tournament for the Boys and Girls Club, congratulations to all the teams.