Happy Valley falls to Patriot trey’s
BY ALLEN LAMOUNTAIN
Sullivan East put on a long-distance shooting clinic in the first half of Tuesday’s Three Rivers Conference clash with Happy Valley at Bayless gymnasium. The Patriots – led by forward Dylan Bartley – connected on 12 three-balls with 10 of those coming in the first half of an 82-64 Sullivan East victory.
For his part, Bartley hit four of eight from distance with guard Ethan Bradford connecting on four of seven treys as the Patriots built a 52-29 halftime bulge and held off a determined second-half effort from the Warriors.
“I thought we played really well, but they went on the second-quarter spurt. But until then we were right there,” Warriors head coach Jeremy Maddox said. “East is a really good team that shoots the ball extremely well, and they did tonight.
“We started out in a zone because we were trying to prevent dribble drives but it created openings for three’s. We should have gotten out of that earlier.”
East (12-5, 4-0 TRC) led just 24-19 after one period but went on a 28 point scoring spree in the second period with Bradford and post Mason Montgomery each knocking down a pair of triples.
HV (1-9, 0-5 TRC) got 15 first-half points from forward Blake Young who finished with 18 points before fouling out with 4:19 remaining.
Post Alex Lunceford scored a game-high 28 points for the Warriors and was strong in the paint with seven rebounds and two blocked shots. Lunceford led a Happy Valley resurgence in the third period with 12 points on six-for-six shooting cutting seven points off the Patriots lead.
“Alex did a good job working inside,” Maddox said. “He got some good post up’s before they could get set up and I am proud of how my guys executed what we wanted to do and how hard they played. This is a game we can build on and once again I thought we played really hard.”
Happy Valley closed to within nine at 71-62 with guard Andrew Clawson hitting a trey and Young dropping in two deuce buckets, but East had a finishing kick as Clayton Ivester hit a pair of buckets and John Waldon knocked down a trey down the stretch.
Junior Varsity Boys
Sullivan East 79
Happy Valley 60
James Murray led the way for HV with 17 points but the JV Warriors fell into a 44-21 halftime hole and could not climb back into the game. Antonio Martin scored 14 for HV connecting on two trey’s and Colby Chausse added seven points.
Ashton Davison was the top scorer with 19 points for the Patriots.
Sullivan East 82-64
Sullivan East (82)
Bradford 14, Waldon 3, Bartley 20, Ivester 8, Montgomery 6, Standbridge 4, Grubbs 3, Murray 10, Davison 4, Davis 10.
Happy Valley (64)
Clawson 9, Young 18, Babb 6, Lunceford 28, Grindstaff 3.
Sullivan East 24 28 14 16 – 82
Happy Valley 19 10 21 14 – 64
3-point goals: SE 12 (Bradford 4, Bartley 4, Montgomery 2, Waldon, Grubbs). HV 2 (Clawson, Grindstaff)