BOYS' BASKETBALL: Bearcats bomb Sayre from 3-point land

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Cummins buries six in victory

By The Staff

It is unlikely that anyone ever defending Sparta ever had to go up against the kind of attack Austin Cummins threw at Lexington Sayre Saturday night.

The Anderson County sophomore came off the bench to hit 6-of-8 three-pointers to lead the Bearcats to a tougher-than-expected 61-50 win over the homestanding Spartans.

Cummins tallied 18 points, but he was not alone as the Bearcats played bombs away over the Spartans' diamond-and-one defense designed to slow down Anderson's Jay Smith.

“It was the first time this year we had faced this type of a scouting report,” Anderson assistant coach Bryan Hyatt said in an e-mail. “Sayre did a great job of limiting Jay's opportunities, which led us to shooting 30 three-pointers. The good news is we hit 13 and four different guys hit at least one.”

Anderson jumped to a 20-11 lead as Christian Estes hit a trio of threes in the first quarter, but Sayre methodically whittled away at the lead and eventually went ahead at 37-35 when Quinn Pergande connected with 2:55 to play in the third quarter. The Spartans extended their lead to 39-35 before a pair of 3-pointers from Cummins put Anderson back in front to stay.

The Bearcats buckled down and pulled away to lead by as many as 15 points late in the game.

“The fourth quarter we picked our press up,” Hyatt said. “This allowed us to create some turnovers and get some good shots. We also began attacking the diamond and one differently. We starting driving against it and then kicking out for some wide open three-pointers.”

Four Anderson players scored in double figures. Following Cummins were Estes with 14, Luke Mann with 13 and Smith with 10.

The Bearcats notched their ninth win in a row to go 11-1 on the year. Sayre fell to 2-9.

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