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McMeans' Rebels take 2 of 3 in hoops triple-header

By JOHNNY WILSON, Sports Correspondent • Nov 18, 2018 at 1:59 AM

KINGSPORT — The Sullivan South boys basketball team finished off a busy Saturday by finishing off Sullivan North in a matter of moments, storming to a 75-40 rout of the visiting Golden Raiders.

The Rebels played three games on Saturday, losing a close one at Tennessee High before coming home to easily take care of KACHEA and North.

The triple-header gave third-year South coach Michael McMeans a good read on his ballclub, now 3-1 on the young season,

“We wanted to test their mental makeup, see how tough we were,” McMeans said. “We played extremely hard in all three games, which is good to see.

“I knew they’d be tired this afternoon, so it’s a credit to the kids for coming out tonight and playing hard and getting after it. We were able to get a bunch of guys into both games tonight and that’s because we kind of came out and immediately set the tone.”


South wasted no time in settling this one, grabbing North (0-2) by the throat and scoring the game’s first 16 points behind the hot hand of Cole Layne.

While North turned the ball over on its first six possessions against a trapping press, South was in midseason form, hitting its first seven shots from the floor with no turnovers.

The Rebels put up a whopping 33 points in the first quarter along.

“Bad start, bad start,” said North coach Travis Cain. “I don’t really have much more to say than that.”

McMeans liked what he saw.

“It was good to see that early run like that,” he said. “The kids were locked in defensively, and that’s all you can ask for as a coach. We put ’em away early and there was never any doubt.”


The Rebels played well offensively, knocking down 10 3-pointers along the way.

South junior Caleb Vaughn drilled four 3s and led all scorers with 18 points. Ben Diamond added 11 points for the Rebels, who had 10 players score.

North, which trailed 47-16 at halftime, got a dozen points from Evan Bishop.


The Rebels had no problems in their middle game of three played Saturday, claiming an 81-43 win against overmatched KACHEA.

South led 23-10 after one quarter and 47-25 at halftime.

Powerful senior pivot man Chase Bowery led South offensively with 20 points, including a pair of 3-point jumpers, and teammates Gannon Chase and Cooper Johnson contributed 12 points apiece.

Johnson bagged four 3-pointers, giving South a dozen treys on the night.

KACHEA (1-2) was led by the 13-point outing of Jeffery Hides.

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