KINGSPORT — Chuckey-Doak went into the consolation bracket for the New Peoples Bank Holiday Classic needing a win. The Black Knights (6-9) had lost five in a row.
The mission was successful as the Chuckey-Doak picked up a 52-41 win over Cherokee (6-11) on Friday at Sullivan North
“It is nice to get a win. We’ve been struggling and learning to win,” said Chuckey-Doak coach Sam Broyles. “We’ve lost five in a row and all five were lost in the last four minutes.”
Jarred Meredith led the Black Knights with 16 points and Ben Gridley tossed in 14.
Cherokee’s Tanner Trent led all scorers with 19 points. Keaton Bailiff followed up with 10.
Constant turnovers and miscommunication proved costly for Lee High (4-5) in a consolation bracket contest. The Generals fell to Cloudland 70-65.
The Highlanders (5-9) were unable to take advantage of the miscues in the first half and trailed 35-30, but the second half was different. Cloudland took the lead at 50-48 with 7:40 to go in the fourth quarter and never trailed after that.
Preston Benfield’s 24 points for the Highlanders led all scorers. Teammate Zack Benfield added 17.
Kemp Yeary paved the way for Lee (4-5) with 17 points. Dylan Hounshell and Zach Eldridge added 12 each.
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