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Volunteer, North get toppled in New Peoples Classic semis

December 28th, 2013 12:21 am by George Thwaites

Volunteer, North get toppled in New Peoples Classic semis

KINGSPORT — Jake Logan scored 19 of his 21 total points in the second half to lead Morristown West to a 54-52 comeback win over the Sullivan North in Friday’s New Peoples Bank tournament semifinal nightcap.

In the earlier semifinal, Tyler Nichols fired up 27 points  and Elizabethton flamed Volunteer 70-53.

The Cyclones (11-4) and the Trojans (6-8) will compete in tonight’s tournament championship game, which is  slated to tip off at 6:30 p.m. The Falcons (6-8) will face the Golden Raiders (4-7)  for third place at 5 p.m.

 Friday’s loss was arguably the more bitter for North. The tournament host led West 29-16 at the half only to see victory slip away on a game-tying 3-pointer by Logan with 26 seconds showing followed by a pair of Logan free throws with 16.5 seconds left to play.  

Golden Raiders coach Jay Gregory admitted that North  was not used to playing out front, but what stung him the most was  the “weak, silly turnovers” his team started committing at the outset  of  the third quarter.

North guard Trevor Williams scored 10 points, but also committed six second half turnovers.

Grayson Ball scored 20 and pulled down 10 rebounds for North. Holden Dalton had 14 points.

Augmenting Logan’s unconscious second-half shooting display was West’s Josh Black, who added 18 points and at least as many rebounds.

 Nichols, who scored 22 points for Elizabethton in Thursday’s first-round win over Lee High, scored 11 of the Cyclones’ opening 13-point barrage against Volunteer.

Nichols added six rebounds, two steals, two assists and two blocked shots.  Zeke Clark also strafed the Falcons, scoring 20 points while grabbing four steals and distributing seven assists. Bo Pless added 10 points.

Ethan Crawford scored 17 points to pace Volunteer. David McFarland chipped in 12 for the Falcons, who committed 17 turnovers.

For an expanded version of this article, please see Saturday's print edition or our electronic edition.

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