However, the Patriots put those woes aside on Tuesday night in an 81-67 nonconference decision over Volunteer.
Dustin Bartley, who scored his 1,000th point during the game, led East with 20 points, and was joined by three teammates who also hit double digits in scoring. Adam Davison had 19 and Dylan Bartley and Trey Lowe each ended up with 14 points.
“It’s fun getting to coach against Mike Poe again,” Patriots coach John Dyer said of his Falcons counterpart. “Volunteer played a great game and they just would not go away. That speaks to what Mike has done already down here.
“I thought (Chance Johnson) played a great game for them. He shot the ball really well.”
Johnson finished with a game-high 23 points to lead Volunteer. He drained four of the Falcons’ 10 3-pointers, but in the end it wasn’t enough. Hunter Skelton added 14 points for the Falcons.
“Our kids played extremely hard tonight,” Poe said. “We were down a couple of guys and the seniors on this team coming into the season really didn’t have that much experience playing basketball. We had one guy that had played.
“It’s going in the right direction. East was a very well-coached team and you’re always going to get that with John coaching them up.”
Volunteer stayed with the hot-shooting Patriots for most of the first quarter before East went on an 8-0 run to push the advantage to 10, 26-16, at the end of the first period.
Skelton hit a 3-pointer as the horn sounded to end the half, and the Falcons found themselves down 44-37 at intermission.
Coming out of the half, Volunteer trimmed the East lead to 46-43 but never got any closer. East always had an answer and Volunteer got no closer than nine in the final quarter.
LADY PATRIOTS CRUISE
Defense was the name of the game for the Lady Patriots in a 72-42 win over the Lady Falcons.
“The last two weeks we haven’t played after we got off to pretty good start,” said East coach Allan Aubrey. “Tonight, we finally started to see some results. The key for us is that we need to play defense and rebound. We did both of those things very well tonight and that’s why we got the result that we did.”
Hayley Grubb led East (5-8) with 19 points, Kayla Honaker had 13 and Kylee Wolfe netted 10.
Kenady Knittle finished with 22 points for Volunteer.