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Diamond cuts through Crockett for 25 in South's win

Gene Renfro • Dec 22, 2018 at 3:26 AM

JONESBOROUGH — Sullivan South used a trio of double-digit scorers to upend host David Crockett 74-59 in boys basketball action Friday night.

“We needed that. We’ve struggled the last couple of games,” Rebels coach Michael McMeans said.

“Our guards just attacked, and when they attack like that we can be pretty good. I was proud of them for having that mentality.”

Pioneers coach John Good quickly summarized the game.

“Us missing shots and they got all the rebounds and we got none,” Good said. “That was basically it in a nutshell.”

DIAMOND SHINES FOR REBELS

South’s Ben Diamond led everyone with 25 points after the 5-foot-10 junior started driving the lane to accumulate his points. He closed the first quarter with just two but added eight before halftime. He piled up a dozen in the third quarter when the Rebels outscored the Pioneers 26-11.

That push broke open a game in which the Pioneers held a 37-35 halftime lead.

Cole Layne put up 19 points and Gannon Chase added 11 for the Rebels (10-5).

“Ben and Cole both set the tone for us,” McMeans said. “When they’re attacking off the top like that, it opens everything else up for us. When they set their mind to that, we can go pretty well.”

FOR THE PIONEERS

Ayden Begley and Mason Britton each scored seven first-quarter points and Eric Dunbar had seven of his eight total points in the second for Crockett (5-8).

Begley finished the game with 15 and Britton 10.

“We’re going to try to get better and that’s all we can do,” Good said. “We’re not going to quit coaching these kids and playing. We’ve got to find ways to get better.”

UP NEXT

Both teams return to action Thursday in Christmas tournaments.

David Crockett is heading for Maryville and South is playing at Sullivan North.

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