Happy Valley finishes North tournament on strong note

Jeff Birchfield • Dec 29, 2018 at 10:02 PM

KINGSPORT—Happy Valley zoned out the competition for a second straight day at the Kelly Services Christmas Classic.

Using an aggressive 2-3 zone defense, the Warriors scored a 46-28 win over Chuckey-Doak on Saturday in the fifth-place game of the basketball tournament at Sullivan North High School.

The Warriors held the Black Knights to just three field goals and 10 points the entire second half. Chuckey-Doak's Ethan Palazzo, who scored 21 points the previous day against Sullivan North, was held to just four points by the Warrior defense.

"I think we have found something and the kids are playing hard," Happy Valley coach Jeremy Maddox said. "They have some really good players I didn't think we could guard man-to-man. The zone allowed us to find them and keep them out of transition. We handled their full-court pressure and that allowed us to control the tempo of the game."

Happy Valley's 6-foot-7 post Bryce Carter controlled the inside with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Noah Stevens tallied 11 points and Blake Young added six.

Jordan Morelock had 10 points to lead Chuckey-Doak.

Sullivan South 66, Cherokee 41

Ben Diamond had 19 points and six assists, while tournament MVP Chase Bowery finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Rebels rolled over the Chiefs in the championship game.

Cole Layne posted 12 points and eight rebounds for South, and Gannon Chase also totaled 12 points.

Ryan Bledose scored 18 points and Jason Satler finished with seven for Cherokee.

Volunteer 64, West Greene 46

Down by two at the end of the first quarter, the Falcons outscored the Buffaloes 49-29 the rest of the way in the third-place game.

Chance Johnson led Volunteer with 17 points. Heath Miller scored 14, followed by Brody Hunley with 12 and Leyton Patrick with eight.

Kyler Clowers paced West Greene with 11 points, while Allen Vaughn and Grayson Potter each scored eight.

Sullivan North 47, Cloudland 42

Trey Williams scored 18 points and the Golden Raiders had four offensive rebounds in the final two minutes to pull out the close win over the Highlanders in the seventh-place game.

Evan Bishop scored eight points, while Bryant Herron and Dale Potter each had six for North, which made 16 of 18 from the free-throw line.

Robert Leeper scored 17 and Conner Birchfield added seven for Cloudland, which had three starters out with injuries.

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