BLOUNTVILLE — Volunteer and Sullivan Central were looking for the same thing Friday evening at the Dickie Warren Dome: the first Big 7 Conference boys basketball win of the season.
In the end the Falcons (3-4, 1-2) — led by the trio of Brad Halderman, David McFarland and Ethan Crawford — found theirs with a 73-62 victory.
McFarland led all scorers with 21 points. Crawford and Halderman followed with 17 and 16 points, respectively.
“We’ve talked that if we can get three guys in double figures, it kind of opens things up for us,” said Volunteer coach Chris Brown. “We just have to clean up the things that we can control.”
Central (2-8, 0-2) trailed the whole game, and the Falcons’ lead was at 14, 47-33, in the second half.
That’s when the Cougars took off on a 14-4 run and pulled within four at 51-47.
The tide turned, however, and Volunteer went on a 13-2 run and pushed its lead to 15 with just over three minutes to go in the game.
Central never recovered.
The Cougars also placed three players in double figures. Lucas Parker had 13 points, Nathan Wise had 12 and Luke Nussman added 10.For an expanded version of this article, please see Saturday's print edition or our electronic edition.