BY TATE RUSSELL
SUN SPORTS WRITER
The North Greene boys used a balanced attack on Saturday night to pick up a 53-44 win over Region 1-A foe Cosby in the final game of the 2013 Greene County Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament at South Greene.
"I'm really happy with the result tonight," North Greene head coach Brandon Broyles said. "The kids played hard and with a lot of energy."
"That's a good team in Cosby. They're probably the best team in their district, and my kids played hard against them."
North Greene improved to 5-3 overall with the victory. The win came from good ball movement on offense and good ball pressure on defense. The result was a balanced scoring effort, led by with Brett Pollock with 12 points down low. Tyler Bailey and Will West added ten each, followed by Zane Britton with nine.
"If you look down the bench, I feel like every kid that played gave us something," Broyles said. "It's real important for us to have balance. It prevents the other team from keying on one player. If we can keep having the balance like that, we can win a lot of ball games. It makes things hard on the other defense."
The game started with a barrage of shots flying in from the outside, with each team hitting three treys in the first quarter. Bailey started things for North Greene with one from the left wing before Britton found nothing but net on two.
A Pollock old-fashioned three-point play tied things at 14-14, but the Eagles closed the first quarter strong and led 19-14.
The Huskies narrowed the gap to start the second quarter with a pair of lay-ins by Pollock. Four seconds after Pollock's second bucket, Bailey stole the Eagles' inbound and made the short trip to the basket to give North Greene its first lead at 20-19.
On the next trip down the court, Troy Hall connected from deep and from there North Greene never looked back as they held the lead for the remainder of the contest.
The Huskies' pressing defense allowed just three points in the second period as they went into the half up 29-22.
Another Bailey triple early in the third quarter gave North Greene an 11-point advantage before Cosby's offense showed any signs of life.
West finished the third-quarter scoring for North Greene, as he accounted for the Huskies' next six points.
Jordan Self and Keenan Phillips each scored four for Cosby in the frame, and closed the third with North Greene up 42-33.
In the fourth quarter, the Huskies were intentionally methodical on the offensive end and slowed the game down, keeping the ball out of Cosby's hands.
Pollock led the way in the fourth period with five points, three coming at the charity stripe to help seal the victory.
The win was very important to the Huskies early in the year as they try to see where they stand against their region competition.
The Eagles are the early favorite to win District 2-A and could be a contender in Region 1-A. The win over the solid Class A squad could be a measuring stick for the Huskies but they know there are even tougher opponents in their own district.
"We have a very tough district, and it's going to be a war, but we'll find out a little more about where we stand when we head to University High on Tuesday," Broyles said.
"They're a very good basketball team, with two kids that can put up 50 between them. Our kids are ready to work and we're looking forward to going up there to try to get that first conference win."
North Greene 14 15 13 11 53
Cosby 19 3 11 11 44
North Greene: Brett Pollock 12, Tyler Bailey 10, Will West 10, Zane Britton 9, Tanner Collins 6, Troy Hall 5, Hayden Mullins 1.
Cosby: Jordan Self 10, Bryson Valentine 10, Keenan Phillips 10, Derek Norris 7, Cody Valentine 4, Hunter Phillips 3.
Chuckey-Doak 55, Providence Academy 49
Jared Meredith got things started and Josh Lamb closed it out as Chuckey-Doak beat providence Academy 56-49 on Saturday afternoon.
The Black Knights jumped out to a 15-3 lead halfway through the first quarter and looked as if they were going to run away to victory.
The offense was clicking and the open shots looked easy to come by as Chuckey-Doak knocked down four three-pointers in the opening period. Two of them were by Meredith, who finished the game with 14 points.
Providence did not back down and finished the first period on a 6-3 run, interrupted only by a three-pointer at the top of the key by Ben Gridley, to set the score at 18-11.
The second quarter did not go nearly as well for Chuckey-Doak as they were outscored 14-8 and only took a lead into halftime because of a floater from the right side of the lane by Meredith that dropped in with seven seconds left.
Chuckey-Doak held a 26-25 lead at halftime.
In the second half the Black Knights were able to work the ball into the block and Providence had no answer for Lamb. The post scored eight points in the third quarter and led the team with 15 for the contest.
The most impressive of Lamb's baskets came to close the third period when the big man took advantage of a Providence turnover and went coast to coast for a layup and gave Chuckey-Doak an eight-point advantage.
The teams exchanged baskets for much of the fourth quarter, and Providence twice made it a three-point game, but Chuckey-Doak was able to hold on.
Meredith was able to sink four free throws down the stretch to keep Chuckey-Doak in front.
Providence's Neil Stoltzfus knocked down a triple from the right wing with 4.7 seconds left to make the score 52-49.
On the following inbounds play, Gridley put it out of reach when he received the ball at half court and laid it in at the other end while absorbing contact. He sank the free throw to put Chuckey-Doak up by six with 1.4 seconds on the clock.
Gridley finished the game with 13 points.
Chuckey-Doak 18 8 14 15 55
Providence 11 19 7 17 49
Chuckey-Doak: Josh Lamb 15, Jared Meredith 14, Ben Gridley 13, Taylor Johnson 6, Garren Taylor 3, Seth Riddle 2, Daniel Beddingfield 2.
Providence: Caleb Sprouse 4, Cody Sprouse 7, Jake Weaver 7, Trevor Trujilo 9, Jacolby Darr 13, Neil Stoltzfus 7, Aaron Lewis 2.
Sullivan Central 69, West Greene 63
West Greene and Sullivan Central went shot for shot with each other in the first half on their way to a 29-29 tie, but entering the third quarter the Cougars turned up the defense and went on to win 69-63.
The Buffs were only able to manage six points in the third quarter as Sullivan Central jumped in front 44-35. Both teams went on a scoring flurry in the fourth quarter but the Cougars were able to stay in front.
Jordan Fillers led West Greene with 17 points. Tanner and Tyler Earley each scored 16 for the Buffs.
Sullivan Central 14 15 15 25 69
West Greene 16 13 6 28 63
West Greene: Jordan Fillers 17, Tanner Earley 16, Tyler Earley 16, Tanner Lambert 8, Jacob Peters 4, Lucas Pratt 2.
Sullivan Central: Lucas Parker 15, Heath Robinett 13,Dayne Nussman 9, Luke Nussman 9, Chris Benton 6, Tanner Bradley 5, Dylan Man 3, Nathan Wise 2, Gonzalo Shaffer 2, Josh Hyatt 2, Ethan Krataush 2
Morristown East 60, North Greene 55
A slow start Saturday morning was too much for North Greene to overcome as they fell 60-55 to Morristown East.
The Huskies were only able to mange one point in the first quarter and quickly fell behind 19-1.
North Greene was able to pick things up in the second period but only kept pace with the Hurricanes as they went into halftime down 17.
The Huskies turned up the defensive pressure in the third quarter and narrowed the margin to eight while only allowing Morristown East to score six points.
North Greene reeled off 25 fourth-quarter points as they tried their best to mount a comeback, but ultimately it was too little too late.
Troy Hall and Tyler Bailey each hit a pair of three pointers in the final period. Hall led North Greene with 15 points in the game.
North Greene 1 15 15 24 55
Morristown East 19 14 6 21 60
North Greene: Troy Hall 15,Brett Pollock 11, Will West 10, Tyler Bailey 9, Zane Britton 4, Tanner Collins 3, Hayden Mullins 2, Brett Bolton 1.
Morristown East: Aaron Smith 18, Chris Sapp 12, Matt Thompson 9, Adam Killion 8, Andrew McGinnis 6, Jordan Seal 5, Brison Stephens 4.