However, it put those woes aside on Tuesday night as the Patriots won a 81-67 non-conference decision over the Volunteer Falcons.
Dustin Bartley, who scored his 1,000th point on the night, led East with 20 points while three other players scored in double digits as well. Adam Davison had 19 while Dylan Bartley and Trey Lowe each ended up with 14.
“It’s fun getting to coach against Mike Poe again,” Patriots head coach John Dyer said. “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 10 Falcon 3-pointers on the evening, but in the end it wasn’t enough. Hunter Skelton also had 14 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 hung right with the hot-shooting Patriots for most of the first quarter before East went on a quick 8-0 to push the advantage to 10 at the end of the opening period (26-16).
Skelton hit a 3-pointer for Volunteer as the horn sounded to end the half and the Falcons found themselves down 44-37 at the intermission.
Coming out of the half, Volunteer trimmed the East lead down to 46-43 — but never got any closer. East always had an answer and Volunteer got no closer than nine points in the final quarter.
Sullivan East 72, Volunteer 42
Defense was the name of the game for the Lady Patriots as they got back on track with a victory of their own.
Hayley Grubb led Sullivan East (5-8) with 19 points while Kayla Honaker had 13 and Kylee Wolfe netted 10.
“The last two weeks we haven’t played after we got off to pretty good start,” said East head coach Allan Aubrey. “Tonight, we finally started to see some results. The key for us 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.”
Kenady Knittle finished with 22 points for Volunteer.