©2014 NPT PHOTO BY CHRIS TAYLOR
Cosby High junior Cody Valentine goes to the rim against the defense of two Elizabethton defenders in Saturday night’s 74-58 loss to the Cyclones.
|Published: 11:03 AM, 01/07/2014
||Last updated: 11:04 AM, 01/07/2014
Author: Caleb Chrisman
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
COSBY—Despite a solid effort in the first half, the Cosby
Eagles didn't quite have enough to keep up with Elizabethton on Saturday, falling by a 74-58
The Cyclones opened things up midway through the third quarter, thanks in large part
to a 26 point performance from Zeke Clark. Tyler Nichols added 21 points, and Austin Cornett was
also in double figures with 10 points.
Bryson Valentine and Cody Valentine led Cosby with 13
points apiece. Derrick Norris and Kyal Clevenger each added nine points.
definitely a game of runs," Cosby head coach Brad Flatford said. "We were down nine to start the
second half and we talked about how the first three or four minutes were going to be big. We cut it
to three, and then the next thing you know, three possessions later it's back to nine.
"We're going to have to make a commitment to do three things better: taking care of the
ball, taking some pride in our defense, and our shot selection. If we have any inkling of going and
playing anywhere in the postseason, we're going to have to improve in those three areas right now,
because right now, we're just not very consistent in those three. Good basketball teams, they're
going to do those things down the stretch. I thought we struggled in those areas
The Eagles (7-8) opened things up solidly in the first quarter, and they led 21-20
over the Cyclones heading to the second.
Things remained close in the second, but
Elizabethton (13-5) held a 40-31 lead heading into the locker room at halftime.
"We did some
good things at times, but other times we just went away from what we were doing it seemed like,"
Flatford said. "We got impatient with the ball. We didn't get back defensively to stop the ball.
(Elizabethton) is too good to give them that many opportunities. They've got a good team, but we let
it get away from us."
Despite the game kind of getting away from them in the second, Flatford
saw several positives from the game on Saturday.
The Eagles shot 39 percent for the game.
However, they also allowed the Cyclones to shoot 49
Overall, Flatford says it's
just a matter of putting everything together. With about a month before the start of the District
2-A tournament, Cosby has a few weeks to catch fire.
"I thought (Cody Valentine) played hard
on the defensive end and he got to basket pretty well," Flatford said. "I thought Derrick Norris
battled inside and played hard. Bryson Valentine shot the ball well at times, but we have to have
more output from other guys as well, particularly when you play good teams like Elizabethton. You're
going to need everybody on board.
"We're still making a lot of the same mistakes we were
making before (the layoff) and that concerns me in terms of taking care of the ball, not playing
defense and our shot selection. We've got the pieces in place. I think we can do some stuff in the
postseason, it's just a matter of putting it all together."
The Eagles host Oneida on
Thursday in a solid non-district matchup.
ELIZABETHTON (74): Zeke Clark 26, Tyler Nichols 21,
Austin Cornett 10, Deran Wells 7, Bo Pless 5, Conley Bowers 4, Caleb Lee 1
Bryson Valentine 13, Cody Valentine 13, Derrick Norris 9, Kyal Clevenger 9, Jordan Self 5, Austin
Ford 3, Keenan Phillips 3, Michael Kagel 3
3-Point FG: E (6) Nichols 3, Cornett 2, Clark. C
(6) B. Valentine 3, K. Phillips, Self, Kagel.
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