Elizabethton sinks North in Three Rivers matchup

Dave Ongie • Feb 8, 2013 at 11:29 AM

KINGSPORT — Sullivan North was looking for a Hollywood ending on Senior Night.Instead, the Golden Raiders fell victim to an all-too-familiar script.Elizabethton embarked on a 12-0 run to start the fourth quarter and ultimately outscored North 22-4 in the final frame to turn a tight Three Rivers Conference contest into a 74-48 runaway win on Friday night.Zeke Clark and Aaron Miller both hit 3-pointers for the Cyclones to ignite the run. Meanwhile, North hit an extended dry spell thanks largely to turnovers and missed shots. The Raiders went 4:21 into the fourth quarter without scoring a point before Chase Arnold finally came through with a jumper.“This has happened to us all year,” North coach Jay Gregory said. “We get into these ruts. We go four or five possessions where we miss, Chase won’t touch it and we’ll turn it over. “It will be some combination of those three (things) within six possessions, and that’s usually the ballgame.”That was certainly the case on Friday. Once Arnold’s jumper went through the net with 3:39 left in the game, Elizabethton was leading 64-46.As the game wore on, the Cyclones kept finding new ways to apply pressure to the only 2,000-point scorer in North’s history. Arnold labored to get good looks after halftime and finished with 25 points.By the end of the game, only four players had cracked the scoring column for the Raiders (13-12, 3-6). Ball finished with 14 points, Trevor Williams had six, and Holden Dalton knocked down a 3-point shot.Miller led Elizabethton (21-6, 8-2) with 21 points and Clark added 13. Will Robinson and Alex Baughman each scored 11 for the Cyclones.

For complete coverage of the game see the Feb. 9 edition of the Times-News.

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