Indians down Cyclones in decisive style

By Travis Brown
STAR Correspondent

   Speed and quickness are uncoachable, and most often impossible for a coach to counter. The Elizabethton Cyclones found out the hard way on Friday night, falling to a laser fast Dobyns-Bennett team 81-51 at Treadway Gym.
   The game did not question skill or basketball prowess. Instead, it was pure footspeed and agility that cost the Cyclones the contest.
   Defensively the Indians were an immovable force, inducing 25 turnovers. They were their own worst enemy, however, as the Cyclones managed to secure 22 defensive takeaways themselves.
   In a contest plagued with mistakes, Tony Hardin showed great respect for his opponent.
   "They have a lot of guys that play at a high level," Hardin said. "They did a good job defensively and they made plays in transition."
   Dobyns-Bennett would take the early advantage, 12-5, with razor sharp passing and strong defensive effort. With the ball being spread to all players, center Thomas Harrison began to shine, dropping eight of his game-high 30 in the first period.
   His team leading 21-11 at the end of the first, Indian head coach Charlie Morgan kept the pedal down, and less than two minutes into the second period Elizabethton called timeout to regroup, trailing 28-13.
   The combined post play of Harrison along with football standout Lamon Williams kept the interior strong for the Indians. Moving to halftime, Elizabethton trailed 39-23, as the D-B machine was just one step too fast.
   Both teams played close during the third stanza, as each coach sought to find a new game plan. Mistakes on both side of the ball for Elizabethton continued to squash any attempt at a comeback.
   With 2:49 remaining in the third, D-B continued to deny penetration with footspeed. Shutting down the passing lanes with anticipation, the Indians would roll to a win.
   Midway through the fourth period, the Cyclones staged a modest attempt at a comeback. A 6-0 run gave Cyclone fans reason to cheer, but the excitement was shortlived as the Indians recovered to close out the 81-51 shellacking.
   Looking forward to improving his basketball team, Morgan was still disappointed with his club despite the 30-point victory.
   "We had 22 turnovers against a team that didn't press us," Morgan said "We have to work harder taking care of the ball."
   "We did a good job of getting the ball inside," Morgan said. "I thought we didn't do that well in the first half, but in the second half we started getting the ball in low."
   Hardin looked back at the game as a learning expeernce for his team.
   "My philosophy is you play better teams, you get better," Hardin said. "It is an opportunity to play against a good defensive team."
   The Cyclones hope to rebound against the visiting Bulldogs from Hampton Tuesday night.