KINGSPORT — Friday night’s Three Rivers Conference basketball game between Sullivan North and Happy Valley came down to one simple fact.
The Golden Raiders had Chase Arnold and the Warriors did not.
Arnold scored a career-high 46 points and pulled down 19 rebounds to help North pull out a 69-60 victory over Happy Valley.
The rangy senior scored 28 of his team’s 32 points in the first half to keep the Raiders afloat. And when the fourth quarter rolled around, Arnold came through with 16 more points to help his team slam the door on the visiting Warriors.
What was most impressive about Arnold’s performance was the efficiency he displayed on offense. As North coach Jay Gregory pointed out, Arnold’s outburst wasn’t a case of a guy hoisting up a lot of shots in a binge of volume scoring.
“He’s just a phenomenal basketball player, and he’s going to have to keep us in games some this year,” Gregory said. “This wasn’t a case where Chase took all the shots. There were a lot of kids taking shots tonight — Chase was just the only one making them.
“He scored 46 and I didn’t even run a play for him.”
Arnold buried a 3-pointer just ahead of the buzzer at the end of the second quarter to cap off his 28-point first half, giving North a narrow 32-29 lead at the midpoint.
He scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to finish just four shy of the school record of 50, which is held by a pair of players.
Josh Price led Happy Valley with 19 points and Kelton Brzotowski scored 10.
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