“We needed that, we’ve struggled the last couple of games,” Sullivan South head 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.”
Said David Crockett head coach John Good: “Us missing shots and they got all the rebounds and we got none. That was basically it in a nutshell.”
Diamond shines for Rebels
Ben Diamond led everyone with 25 points. The 5-foot-10 junior started driving the lane to accumulate his points.
Diamond finished the first quarter with just two points and added eight more before halftime. He scored a dozen in the third quarter as the Rebels outscored David Crockett 26-11 in that span. That broke open a game that had the Pioneers leading 37-35 at the break.
Cole Layne demonstrated balance in a 19-point effort as he produced six points in both the first and third quarters. Gannon Chase added 11 points of his own for the Rebels.
“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.”
Pioneers hit sevens for first half lead
Ayden Begley and Mason Britton both helped David Crockett in the first quarter with seven points apiece as the contest was tied at 16 after eight minutes.
Begley finished with 15 points while Britton totaled 10, with both players sinking a pair of 3-pointers. The second quarter also included seven points from Eric Dunbar.
“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.”
With the outcome, the Rebels improved to 10-5 while David Crockett went to 5-8. Both teams return to action Thursday in Christmas tournaments. David Crockett will be in Maryville while Sullivan South plays at Sullivan North.