BY DARREN REESE
SUN SPORTS EDITOR
The Chuckey-Doak boys had lost four straight games entering Saturday night's game at South Greene.
A big reason for that, according to head coach Sam Broyles, was the team's inability to make plays toward the end of games.
Chuckey-Doak didn't have that problem against the Rebels. Behind a 12-of-13 effort from Jared Meredith at the foul line in the fourth quarter, the Black Knights pulled away for an 82-73 victory.
South Greene finished the regular season with a 12-12 overall record. The Rebels will be the No. 2 seed in the District 1-A tournament, which is set to begin at Daniel Boone High School later this week.
Chuckey-Doak still has a home game left against Greeneville this evening. The Black Knights are currently 13-15 overall and need a win to tie Claiborne for third place in the final District 2-AA standings.
"This was the highest-scoring game I think we've had against South Greene since I've been here," Chuckey-Doak head coach Sam Broyles said. "It's good to get back on the winning side."
"Three of our last four games that we've lost came down to the last minute or two and we couldn't find a way to win. Tonight, we did what we had to do to finally get a win. That was good to see."
Meredith finished with a season-high 31 points. Josh Lamb added 18 points, 10 of which came in the opening quarter. Ben Gridley followed with 16 points.
Nick Fillers paced South Greene with 25 points after being held scoreless in the opening quarter.
South Greene head coach Terry Hoese started his five seniors, who were playing what possibly could have been their final home game. All five of them scored.
Jonathan Zavaleta, who normally doesn't start, made the most of the opportunity. He sank five three-pointers and finished with 19 points toward the Rebels' final total. Caleb Shaw was the next leading scorer with seven points.
Fillers and Zavaleta each sank a pair of treys in the second quarter as South Greene rallied from an early deficit to move in front, 28-21.
Chuckey-Doak stormed back, though, and led 32-31 at intermission. Lamb had 14 first-half points that proved crucial for the Black Knights in the early going.
The opening minutes of the third quarter were played at a quick pace as there were five lead changes and a tie in the first three minutes of the frame.
Chuckey-Doak used an 8-2 run later in the third to go on top for good. Meredith had 10 points in the period, including a three-pointer with 25 seconds showing to make it a 52-48 game.
A pair of free throws by Fillers pulled South Greene within 54-53 with 6:43 left in the game. The Knights answered with a three-point play by Meredith and a couple of Seth Riddle free throws and the margin never got closer than five points the rest of the way.