Lebanon 64, Beech 55
LEBANON -- Running out 15-1 in the early going, Lebanon held off a valiant Beech comeback try in Friday's 64-55 District 9AAA win over the Bucs at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium.
Beechy (13-8 / 3-3) pulled ahead 46-45 with two minutes gone in the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer by Kaleb Powell, but the Blue Devils slammed the door with an 18-10 run -- including seven consecutive by junior Kobe Tibbs.
Tibbs, who led all scorers with 20 points, converted an old fashioned three-point play with 2:10 remaining in regulation, then proceeded to calmly sink four straight from the line to push Lebanon's lead out to 64-51.
Tibbs scored 14 over the final eight minutes, including 8-of-9 at the charity stripe.
Beech could only muster four points during the final 1:21.
"After they jumped all over us early, we played hard the rest of the way," said Beech coach Kip Brown. "But over the last four minutes, we couldn't make shots. We went something like 0-for-10 on three's during that stretch."
Lebanon (16-3 / 5-1) got 14 points from senior post David Greene and 10 from Jamar Kynard. Gaven Reasonover added eight -- including a 30-footer that beat the third quarter buzzer.
The Blue Devils had a solid night at the free throw line, canning 15-of-18 attempts (83 percent).
"We were executing well, then Beech changed to a 1-2-2 zone and we got a little stagnant and gave up some transition baskets," said LHS coach Jim McDowell. "They're a good team, they've got some length and some guys who can score."
Beech senior Jyquale Matthews connected on a pair of 3-pointers and led the Bucs with 14 points.
Powell added 11 and Andrew Paige chipped in with 10 as Beech finished 9-of-15 at the line (60 percent).
LHS is slated to host Portland Tuesday, Jan. 21 and will play at Mt. Juliet Jan. 24.
BEECH (55): Jyquale Matthews 14, Braden Brinkley 2, Kristian Shaw 3, Luke Fleming 4, Kaleb Powell 11, Andrew Paige 10, Jackson Long 7, Adrian Johnson 2.
LEBANON (64): Alex Fite 6, Gaven Reasonover 8, Kobe Tibbs 20, Jackson Painter 3, Jamar Kynard 10, Polo Phillips 3, David Greene 14.
Mt. Juliet 60, Station Camp 53
GALLATIN -- Will Prutte and Gage Wells helped key an 11-2 fourth quarter surge as Mt. Juliet pulled away from Station Camp for a 60-53 District 9AAA road win Friday.
Tied at 36 early in the fourth, Pruitte converted an old-fashioned three-point play, then back-to-back Gage Well’s 3-pointers gave the Bears a 47-36 lead with just under seven minutes to play.
“Gage is a special shooter and has been hitting big shots for us for the last two years,” Mt. Juliet coach Troy Allen said. “I think Will does a great job of finding him when most people can’t.”
The fourth quarter was a far cry from the third frame as the district foes battled back-and-forth after halftime.
The third quarter featured six lead changes and two ties before eventually Mt. Juliet managed a 36-34 lead.
Friday's contest marked the second consecutive district road win for the Bears and came on the heels of an 81-39 victory at Hendersonville on Jan. 14.
“I was proud of them tonight,” Allen said. “This is a special group of guys and I doubt there are many teams that are as focused as we are on a daily basis. It is a pleasure to coach them.”
Station Camp will likely look back at this loss as a missed opportunity. The Bison secured 10 offensive rebounds but just two second chance points.
Mt. Juliet tallied 20 points in the paint, four 3-pointers, and turned the ball over just three times.
“I thought our defense was great tonight except for the few times we helped off (Cameron) Gerlach,” he said.
“We weren’t getting back to our help side and blocking him out on the glass. We gave up 10 glass points and against a team like this that is about as good as you can do. Credit Station Camp for the offensive rebounds. They have a size advantage on us and really took advantage. I thought we did a much better job in the second half, and getting him (Gerlach) in foul trouble was huge.”
The loss for Station Camp drops the Bison to 12-8 overall and 2-4 in league play while the Bears improve to 15-2 and 6-0 in District 9AAA.
The Bears play at Wilson Central Tuesday, Jan. 21 and return home to take on rival Lebanon Jan. 24.
Mt. Juliet (60): Will Pruitte 19, Charles Clark 11, Gage Wells 9, Mo Ruttlen 8, Riggs Abner 7, Isaac Thompson 2, Zach Blair 2.
Station Camp (53): Kavon Blankenship 26, Eli Thurston 10, Kheller Die 8, Cameron Gerlach 6, Tyler Moore 2, Alex Vaughn 1.
Watertown 74, Smith County 53
WATERTOWN -- Host Watertown opened a 22-11 first quarter lead and never looked back in Friday's 74-53 District 8AA win over Smith County.
Watertown (14-4, 4-2) doubled up on Smith County (2-12, 1-3) and led 22-11 at the end of the first period. The Purple Tigers bested the Owls 17-16 in the second to take a 39-27 lead at halftime.
Watertown outscored Smith County 19-13 in the third to extend its lead to 58-40. The Purple Tigers ended the night on a 16-13 run in the fourth.
Rayquan Verge led all scorers with 16 points, followed by Quantarrius Hughes-Malone with 15 and T.J. Parfiate off the bench with 10 for Watertown.
Austin DuCrest led Smith County with 12 points, followed by Dennis West with 10.
Watertown will host Cannon County Friday, Jan. 24 in another district contest.
Earlier last week, the Purple Tigers scored a 75-71 overtime win at Livingston Academy.
Verge led all scorers with 27 points, followed by Elijah Williams with 16 and Hughes-Malone and Brayden Cousino each with 15.
SMITH COUNTY (53): Austin DuCrest 12, Dennis West 10, Jaden Apple-Gibbs 8, Cody Kemp 7, Taylor Dickerson 6, Johnny Lyda 5, Matthew Sinclair 4, Cameron Spivey 1.
WATERTOWN (74): Rayquan Verge 16, Quantarrius Hughes-Malone 15, T.J. Parfiate 10, Elijah Williams 8, Brayden Cousino 8, Gavin Clayborne 7, Deramus Carey 3, Kier Priest 3, Drew Creswell 2.
Todd Central, (KY) 66, Friendship 47
ELKTON, KY -- Todd Central led 17-11 after on quarter and 32-22 at intermission in Saturday afternoon's 66-47 win over Friendship Christian School.
FCS slid to 9-14 on the season headed into another Division II contest Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Goodpasture.
Andrew Mathis paced the Commanders with 20 points while Bryce Miller connected on a trio of 3-pointers for his nine.
Friendship Christian 69, Ezell-Harding 68 (2 OT)
LEBANON -- After tying the game on a lay-up with 7.6 seconds remaining in overtime, Friendship Christian's Andrew Mathis converted a free throw with with 2.2 second left in the second overtime to lift Friendship Christian to a 69-68 homecoming victory over Ezell-Harding Friday at the Bay Family Sportsplex.
"I'm super proud of the guys," said FCS coach Ben Johnson. "We’ve lost several close games, so to battle in this one all the way to double overtime is a great feeling."
The Commanders improved to 9-13 overall and 2-7 in the district.
Friendship took a 15-10 lead after one quarter and led 28-25 at intermission. The Eagles out-scored their hosts 30-27 in the second half to force overtime.
Mathis muscled his way to 11 points over the two overtime periods and led all scorers with 36. He was the only Commander in double figures.
Kadarius Price had 25 for Ezell-Harding, including all 16 of his team's 16 fourth quarter points.
EZELL-HARDING (68): Kadarius Price 25, DJ Reed 12, Kian Sepehr 7, Cameron Hunt 6, Braxton Coleman 6, Jamari Liddell 4, Derek Griffin 4, Jack Ellis 4.
FRIENDSHIP (69): Andrew Mathis 36, Bryce Miller 7, Max Duckwiler 7, Casey Jones 7, Dillon Turner 6, Mitch Pelham 2, Kaelin Horton 2, Joseph Meadows 2.
Clarksville Academy 64, MJ Christian 28
MT. JULIET -- Visiting Clarksville Academy held Mt. Juliet Christian to single digits in each of the four quarters on the way to a 64-28 victory Friday.
The Cougars took a 14-6 first quarter lead and out-scored their hosts 18-9 in the second period to take a comfortable 30-15 lead into intermission.
Daniel Loos led Clarksville Academy with 20 points while Harrison Lackey and Jeremiah Smith each had eight.
Carter Branim connected on a trio of 3-pointers as he and Shawn Link (two 3-pointers) paced the Saints with 11 points each.
MJCA slipped to 5-12 / 0-10 district with the loss headed into a Monday, Jan. 20 home game versus Goodpasture.
Clarksville Academy (12-7 / 5-5) is scheduled to play at University School of Nashville Tuesday, Jan. 21.
CLARKSVILLE ACD. (64): Daniel Loos 20, Harrison Lackey 8, Jeremiah Smith 8, Kieth Richburg 2, Will Mabry 7, Jack Wyatt 1, Cooper Wallace 3, Don Hardison 7, Paris Pridger 4, Cornelius Stevens 4.
MJ CHRISTIAN (28): Shawn Link 11, Carter Branim 11, Jordan Willis 3, Montrell Walker 1, Levi Irby 2.
Portland 67, Wilson 64 (OT)
GLADEVILLE -- Adler Kerr's off balance 3-pointer tied the game and forced overtime, but Portland's Mitchell Eagle led the Panthers to a 67-64 victory over District 9AAA rival Wilson Central Friday.
Kerr's jumper came off a sideline inbounds play and nestled in the basket with 1.2 seconds. The Panthers out-scored WCHS 12-9 in the extra period.
Eagle finished with 26 points to lead all scorers and his teammate Darrius Bell added 17 as Portland improved to 12-8 on the season and 2-4 in the district.
Jordan Beard led four Wildcats in double figures with 20, Kerr dropped in 16, Daniel Beard had 13 and Caleb Lawrence had 11 -- including a trio of 3-pointers.
WCHS (9-9 overall / 1-5 in 9AAA) is scheduled to host rival Mt. Juliet Tuesday, Jan. 21 while Portland visits Lebanon.
PORTLAND (67): Mitchell Eagle 26, Duncan Smallwood 7, Daquan Bradley 4, Dawson Kennedy 4, Hunter Hicks 2, Barrius Bell 17, Carson Utley 7.
WILSON CENTRAL (64): Connor Miller 3, Jordan Beard 20, Caleb Lawrence 11, Daniel Beard 12, Adler Kerr 16, Jared Lawrence 2.