KINGSPORT — What’s good for Chase Arnold is usually pretty good for Sullivan North’s basketball team.
As it turns out, what’s good for Arnold’s teammates is pretty good for him also.
The Golden Raiders dynamo scored 30 points Wednesday night with Trevor Williams and Grayson Ball hitting more than 20 apiece in an 85-75 non-conference win over Volunteer at North.
“It makes a big difference in Chase’s game when other people are scoring,” said North coach Jay Gregory, who discerned a counterintuitive trend. “In the games where nobody else scores, Chase doesn’t score as much. When at least two other kids scored a lot, Chase scored more.”
Williams, a guard, got 22 points, hitting a couple of 3-pointers and converting a lot of buckets in transition. He sorted out five assists, collected six steals and was responsible for countless deflections.
Ball scored 21 points for the Golden Raiders (12-9) and rounded up 12 rebounds. On the defensive end, he blocked five shots.
“Grayson may be one of the best defensive players I’ve ever seen. The whole defensive possession, he dictates so much from the block,” Gregory said.
Volunteer (3-18) had gotten its pride stung during Tuesday night’s loss to Dobyns-Bennett and arrived intent to make a statement.
The Falcons’ defensive game plan was successful in holding Arnold to 10 first-half points. That kept Volunteer in it. Williams and Ball kept catastrophe at bay.
“(The Falcons) went box-and-1 and diamond-and-1. Then they went to that 2-3 (zone) and just kind of shaded wherever I was,” said Arnold, who added 11 rebounds and four steals.
“Whenever Trevor and Grayson hit some shots, they had to back out of it. That’s when I started hitting some.”
Brad Halderman led Volunteer with 21 points. Kirk Cradic scored 14, Marquise Williams added 11 and Travis Brooks had 10.
The Falcons committed 18 turnovers to North’s nine, but forced the Raiders to respect their comeback threat until late in the fourth quarter.
“I was pretty ornery with them this morning and last night. We have certain expectations,” said Volunteer coach Chris Brown.
“At least our mind-set was right tonight. I’m just pleased that at least we competed. Last night, we didn’t do that.”