KINGSPORT — Dalton Light had 14 points and nine rebounds and Christian Comsa added 13 points for Sullivan South, which remained undefeated in Three Rivers Conference boys play with a 50-47 win over Sullivan East on Friday.
The Rebels (10-8, 6-0) led 46-38 with 35 seconds to go in the game only to see the Patriots (9-13, 2-5) hit three 3-pointers down the stretch to keep the outcome in doubt until the last possible second.
“In the second half we were able to get the ball inside to Comsa and Light and they pulled us through,” said South coach Mark Pendleton. “We knew East would not quit, so I’m not surprised by the way they rallied at the end.”
In the girls’ contest, Sullivan East’s relentless defense forced 26 South turnovers — 19 in the first half — in a 60-47 victory.
The Lady Patriots (19-5, 5-2) built a 28-point cushion, 45-17, with 3:17 left in the third quarter. The Lady Rebels, trailing 57-35 with 1:50 left in the game, used an 8-0 run against East’s bench to narrow the deficit and make the final score respectable.
“We absolutely challenged every dribble on every possession,” said East coach Allan Aubrey. “That’s the game we like to play.”
The Lady Patriots closed out the first half on a 16-0 run and went into the break leading 33-9.
“That’s when it got out of hand,” said South coach Torey Haile. “Just way too many turnovers.”
Jamison Shaffer had 13 points to lead East. Kara Stafford and Caitlin Steward scored 12 each with Stafford pulling down eight rebounds. Brandy Watkins chipped in 10 points.
Brayden Hutchins had a game-high 21 points for the Lady Rebels (10-9, 4-2).
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