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Originally published: 2012-11-19 20:03:58
Last modified: 2012-11-19 20:03:58

‘Landers rally past South; Lady ‘Landers fall

Matt Laws / (matt.laws@averyjournal.com)

The Cloudland boys’ basketball team had its back against the wall in its season opener on Thursday, Nov. 15. However, the team just turned up the pressure on Sullivan South.

The ‘Landers erased a double-digit deficit to rally past the Rebels to take a 78-71 victory inside Sonny Smith Gymnasium in a Hall of Champions game to open the season. In the girls’ game, Cloudland was unable to overcome foul trouble as the team fell 44-38 to the Lady Rebels.

In the boy’s game, Cloudland fell behind early and trailed 24-17 at the end of one, and was unable to close the gap in the second quarter as the team was behind 47-35.

However, it took over the game midway through the third quarter as the team used a 14-0 run capped off by a Jeffery Rhinehart basket to take a 56-55 lead. The Rebels battled back to take a 59-56 lead into the final stanza.

The teams traded points throughout most of the quarter. Devin Whitehead hit a three-pointer with a 1:30 on the clock to give Cloudland a 70-67 lead. After Sullivan South tied the game, Logan Russell hit a three-pointer and Zac Benfield added a pair of baskets to secure the win for Cloudland.

Zac Potter recorded a team-high 22 points, while Russell ended the game with 15 points. Mason Carnett added 12 points.

In the girls’ game, Cloudland jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, but saw Sullivan South get back in the game as the Lady ‘Landers dealt with early foul trouble. CHS maintained a 13-10 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Lady Rebels outscored Cloudland 16-6 to take a 26-18 lead into the half.The Lady ‘Landers fought to get back in the game, but was unable to get any closer than six points down the stretch.

Both teams also played a pair of games at Sullivan East on Saturday afternoon. The Cloudland boys defeated David Crockett 69-51 before falling to the host Patriots 78-55, while the Lady ‘Landers picked up a 58-33 victory over Lebanon, but was unable to answer a late Sullivan East jumper as the team fell 46-43.