Saturday night’s basketball game between the Union and J.I. Burton boys was a contest of scoring runs.
Zac Ervin and Bradley Dean were more than a 1-2 punch Saturday night. They were like a pair of Gate City haymakers that kept hitting Science Hill over and over.
East Tennessee State escaped with a 72-68 overtime victory against Mercer on Saturday. Jeromy Rodriguez had 20 points and 18 rebounds and Patrick Good made four free throws in the final 17 seconds.
Jefferson County knocked down 10 3-pointers and held off the Dobyns-Bennett girls 54-49 on Saturday afternoon at the Buck Van Huss Dome.
Grant Williams scored 20 points and found Admiral Schofield for a clinching 3 with 41.3 seconds left to help No. 3 Tennessee beat Florida 78-67 on Saturday for the team’s 10th straight win.
Thomas Lang sank a jumper inside the lane with 10 seconds left to play to give Shepherd an 80-79 Mountain East Conference win over Virginia-Wise on Saturday at the Prior Convocation Center.
Among other games Friday, Eastside’s Ethan Powers and Burton’s Houston Thacker both reached career milestones, Elizabethton’s boys knocked off Science Hill and Lee High’s girls earned their first Mountain 7 win in almost two years.
Sullivan Central went on the road to Unicoi County on Friday night and returned home with a pair of Three Rivers wins, 51-41 for the boys and 48-39 for the girls.
Tennessee High jumped into the Big 7 fray Friday night, making big plays when it really mattered and handing Dobyns-Bennett its first league loss in a 61-60 nail-biter at Viking Hall.
Elijah Hayes scored 14 points, Jordan Bishop added 13 and Wise Central picked up a 54-48 victory over Union in boys basketball action Friday.
Cherokee senior Harper Russell scored six points in one second to rally the Lady Chiefs to a 46-41 Big 7 Conference basketball win over David Crockett on Friday.
On Friday night at Snavely Gym, Unaka’s basketball teams celebrated homecoming then enjoyed a Watauga Valley Conference sweep of visiting Sullivan North.
WISE — A career night from Ada Stanley and a full-court pressure defense led Virginia-Wise to a come-from-behind 76-61 Mountain East Conference women’s basketball win over Fairmont State at the Prior Convocation Center Thursday.
The Fairmont State men's and women's basketball teams paid a visit to Virginia-Wise Thursday. The Cavalier women claimed a victory, but the men fell to the No. 24 Fighting Falcons.
The Lady Raiders had four of their seven players reach double figures in scoring, including two finishing with a double-double, on the way to a 69-39 nondistrict basketball victory over Twin Valley at Stan Wilson Gymnasium.