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Patriots big man Davis imposes will against Falcons

Tanner Cook • Jan 6, 2019 at 1:39 AM

BLUFF CITY — Standing 6-foot-7, Sullivan East’s Dayne Davis is an intimidating figure in the middle of the basketball court.

Davis used all the muscle he had to help the Patriots dominate Volunteer in the second half of a nonconference game Saturday night at the Dyer Dome, where East prevailed 76-55.

Davis had 25 points and almost as many rebounds as he plugged up the middle of the lane all night.

“It’s good to get back-to-back wins and we did what we needed to,” Patriots coach John Dyer said. “Dayne was big for us tonight. He’s improved so much and the guys have put a lot of confidence in him. He played great tonight. We went on his shoulders and rode him.”

Leyton Patrick led Volunteer (5-11) with 12 points.

The Patriots (12-7), coming off Friday night’s rout of Unicoi County, had a sluggish start to the first half and went into intermission with a modest five-point lead (28-23).

Volunteer went the first 5:12 of the second quarter without scoring but never trailed by more than 11 points.

East turned on the afterburners in the second half, nearly doubling its scoring output of the whole first half with 26 points in the third quarter and 22 in the fourth.

The Falcons could not get their shots to fall and the Patriots’ ball- pressure defense finally started creating turnovers.

Adam Davison had a bit of an off night for the Patriots, scoring just seven points, but Dustin Bartley had 16 to pick up the slack.

Prior to this weekend, the Patriots had gone through a six-day layoff from the last game at the Arby’s Classic, but it didn’t appear to affect them.

“We got to play some of the competition (at the Arby’s) that you just don’t see,” Dyer said. “Now we just have to go get conference wins and it’s tough this year. This is the best it’s been. No doubt.”

The Patriots will be back in action on Tuesday against cross-county rival Sullivan South on the road.

LADY PATRIOTS CRUISE

East’s Kylee Wolfe went into Saturday’s game needing 24 points to reach 1,000 for her career. Well, she hit the nail on the head, reaching the milestone on a foul shot for her final point of the night in the Lady Patriots’ 63-36 victory.

Hayley Grubb contributed 10 points for East. Alyah Crawley scored nine to lead Volunteer.

East had a huge rebounding advantage, which became increasingly obvious when the Lady Patriots began to pull away in the second quarter. They held a 28-19 lead at the half.

The Falcons were still in the game after three quarters but went scoreless until 2:22 left to play when Tieran Whalen scored to end a 14-0 Sullivan East run.

“We played really well tonight,” Lady Patriots coach Alan Aubrey said. “The last two nights, we’ve challenged our team to play better defense and rebound better. I’m very pleased with our effort and we’ve played a very hard schedule. I knew it would help us once we moved into our conference.

“We wanted (Kylee) to get (1,000 points) here because we go on the road on Tuesday,” Aubry added. “She needed 49 coming into last night and she got 25 last night, so we knew it was a possibility. She’s a great scorer and a great leader for us. We’re very proud of her.”

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