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Patriots drain 18 threes, win big over John Battle

Johnny Wilson • Dec 15, 2018 at 10:18 PM

BLUFF CITY — The 3-point shot for high school basketball was put into effect in 1987, right about the time John Dyer became head coach at Sullivan East.

Rest assured, the 31-year Patriots' leader has learned to love the game-changing innovation.

"Yeah, I guess so," Dyer said. "It's a major weapon."

It surely is for the Patriots, who netted a colossal 18 of those daggers Saturday night as East zoomed to an 88-59 whipping of the John Battle boys to conclude the weekend's FCA Hoops Classic at the Dyer Dome.

"That's a lot," Dyer said. "But our guys have worked hard to be good shooters — you've got to work hard at it to be a good shooter.

"Tonight I thought we made the extra pass, and when we make the extra pass and we can step into our 3s, we're pretty good at it."


The Patriots (9-4) took immediate control in this one, relying on a trapping zone press to create early turnovers and give Adam Davison a chance to ignite.

A senior guard, Davison hit four of five 3-point shots in the game's first four minutes and scored all of East's points as the Patriots ran out to a 14-5 lead.

"That was incredible, wasn't it?" allowed Dye, whose team led 44-31 at halftime.

Davison would top all scorers with 22 points after hitting 6 of 11 shots from 3.

East made 18 of 37 shots from beyond the arc, including four by 6-foot-1 freshman Dylan Bartley and three by his big brother, Dustin Bartley.

Dylan Bartley finished with 14 points and Dustin Bartley contributed 13.

"Dylan Bartley is going to be a special player," said Dyer, who also got 13 points from Trey Lowe. "And Dustin had a real fine weekend.

"It was a good weekend all around (including Friday's 65-51 win over Union)."


The Trojans (5-2) came into the mini-tourney with an unblemished record but were sent back home to Bristol with blowout defeats against a pair of veteran teams from the Volunteer State.

"They'll be all right," Dyer said. "They've got really good guards and Jon (Odum) is going to have another good team.

"That Samuel kid played really well against us."

A junior guard, Reed Samuel scored 20 points to pace Battle. Issac Deel added 14 points for the Trojans, who trailed 71-44 after three quarters.

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