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Chiefs end Arby's Classic run with loss to Sullivan East

Published: 12:45 PM, 01/04/2013 Last updated: 12:45 PM, 01/04/2013

Author: Wade Littleton / Sports Editor
Source: The Rogersville Review

BRISTOL --- Friday's Arby's Classic consolation bracket quarterfinal game came down to Cherokee (10-8) possession under their own basket with seconds left. Any chance of winning was knocked away on the inbounds pass by Sullivan East (16-5) bigman Jonathan King, preserving a 50-49 victory for Sullivan East.

Despite losing the game in the final seconds, Cherokee Coach Jeremy Parrott said this game was lost much earlier.

"This basketball game was lost in the first half," Parrott said, "We gave them too many easy looks, too many offensive rebounds and had a nine-point deficit. This was where the game was lost, not the inbounds play at the end of the game. We were having to battle back, we started sluggishly. Make no mistake about it, we didn't get our shot at the end, but this game was lost in the first 16 minutes.

"If you keep Sullivan East in the 50's, you should beat them. That's pretty much what we were trying to do. You can take lumps like this if you learn from them. Hopefully the toughness of our schedule will count for something."

The fact that Cherokee had played the late game (8:30 pm) the night before against Berkmar, Ga., probably played into Cherokee's sluggishness early, as the Chiefs struggled to keep up with the Patriots early on, trailing by as many as nine points in the first half, including a 50-foot half-court shot hit by East's David Casaday to widen the lead to nine, 26-17 at halftime.

Cherokee rallied, thanks to the hot shooting of Tanner Trent, who scored a game-high and career-high 25 points and grabbed three rebounds. "Tanner had a big game, you can count on him. He is going to block his man out, he took eight charges, you can always depend on Tanner. I'm very proud of him," Parrott said.

Ryans put the Chiefs back to within one on a trey, 39-38, but East scored two baskets for a 46-38 lead with five minutes left in the game. Cherokee started their full-court pressure with 2:17 left, forcing several East turnovers. Ryans hit two free tosses to bring the lead back to 48-44 before an East layup made it 50-44. Trent fired in a three for a 50-47 deficit with 1:14 left, then hit a layup to trail 50-49. East missed a one-and-one allowing Cherokee to have a chance to pull this one out, but Trent had the ball stripped by the East defense with four seconds left. The final inbounds pass was also knocked away without a final shot by the Chiefs.

Ty Ryans added 11 points and four rebounds for the Chiefs. Tyler Ringley was next with seven points and three rebounds.

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