By Carey Phillips
Smoky Mountain used a balanced scoring attack Friday and rolled to a 70-36 Mountain Six Conference men’s basketball victory over East Henderson on Senior Night at the SM gym.
Mitch Wike and Conner Seagraves both scored 12 points for the Mustangs (12-9, 6-3), and Michael Todd had 10.
Alex Taylor led the Eagles with 16 points.
“It was by far our best offensive game of the year,” Coach Adam Phillips said. “We shot about 68 percent from the field. We had a good plan defensively to take their two best players out of it. It was a great atmosphere and a great way to have Senior Night.”
“It was really great,” Lee Macaulay, one of seven seniors said of the Senior Night win. “We had worked hard for this. Everybody came into this game prepared and knew what their jobs were. We had a scouting report, and we knew what to do. Our key was shutting down their two best players. They had all their points last game except for about seven. We knew if we shut them down we could stop their offense.”
SM ended the first quarter on a 10-2 run, including four by Zeb Sink, to lead 14-6.
Seagraves hit consecutive three-pointers in the final minute of the half, including one as time expired, for a 31-17 advantage.
The Mustangs opened the second half with eight straight points, including six by Todd, to lead 39-17 with 5:56 to play in the third quarter.
Macaulay’s follow shot to beat the buzzer extended the margin to 57-31 going into the fourth period.
The biggest lead was 70-35 with 26 seconds left after 11 unanswered points, including four by Ryan Waliezer.
Wike made three field goals, including a three--pointer, and five free throws. Two of Seagraves’ three field goals were treys, and he was four of four from the line. Todd scored all his points from the floor.
Macaulay and Clayton Frady both added seven points, Sink followed with six, Parker Flynn netted five, Waliezer and Jameson Madden scored four apiece and Chris Wilburn had three.
The Mustang JVs are 8-13 after a 51-35 win. Vaughn Ellis scored 17 points.
SM led at quarter breaks by scores of 8-6, 28-13 and 35-24.
“We’re on a 3-0 win streak this week and have put ourselves in a very good position to make the JV conference tournament,” Coach Tyler Mulligan said. “We came in here and our guys were dialed in and focused and ready to play.”