Cyclones seize pair of wins in Knoxville

from staff reports


   KNOXVILLE -- The Cyclone boys' basketball team had a successful trip to Knox Fulton as they faced down and conquered Loudon Friday, and Oak Ridge on Saturday. Elizabethton took the Loudon game 51-43, and slipped past Oak Ridge 62-59.
   Elizabethton and Loudon tied the first quarter at eight, but the Cyclones drove ahead during the second, scoring 19 points while Loudon sunk 11. Chris Vaughn led the Cyclones in scoring, putting away 13 points and sinking three treys.
   The Cyclones continued to hold their own during the third, scoring two points more than Loudon to cushion the lead.
   Oak Ridge took an early lead against Elizabethton in Saturday's game, finishing the first quarter six points ahead, at 22-16. The Cyclones proceeded to deal their opponent a damaging blow in the second, holding Oak Ridge to eight points while they scored seventeen to finish the half at 33-30.
   The second half was a battle to pull ahead for both teams. The teams took turns taking tiny steps ahead; Elizabethton scored 13 in the third, and Oak Ridge scored 14. The tables turned in the last, with the Cyclones scoring 16 against Oak Ridge's 15. The Cyclones however, held the upper hand, and won 62-59.
   Adam Turley and Charles Peters shared the leading scorer title with 12 points apiece. A team effort from behind the arch spurred the Cyclones to the win. Vaughn made two three-pointers, while Ben Hardin, J.C. Atkinson, Turley, and Derrick Nave each contributed a three of their own.