Week #1 of the Rocky Top High School Fall League in Cleveland tipped off with some outstanding performances. Let's get to the action.
Bradley McCurdy (Bradley Central) and Steadman Ford (Notre Dame) dropped 24 and 15 respectively as Florida defeated Tennessee 86-66 in the opening game of the league. McCurdy was deadly from deep and Ford made sure the ball go to his hot shooter on many an occasion, Taylor Hawkins (Sequoyah) chipped in with 12 in the victory for Florida.
Antonio Jackson (Ooltewah) led Tennessee with 18 followed closely by Austin Harwood (Walker Valley) with 12.
Balanced scoring was the key as three UConn balers dropped 16 and another found time to score 15 as UConn bested a stubborn and tough Marquette squad 91-83. Daniel Brooks (Georgia), D'Monta Smith (Hixson) and Rokas Paulauskas (Hamilton Heights) all scored 16 for the winners. Kendrick Thompson (Cleveland) managed 15 and teammate Dustin Little (Cleveland) added 10 in the victory.
The score offset an outstanding performance from Jamaal Calvin (McCallie) who led all scorers with 26 markers on the afternoon. Dominic Powell (East Hamilton) and Mason Brown (Cleveland) dangled 12 and 10 respectively.
Jemicah Bowman (Tyner Academy) dropped 21 points and Auburn slid past a determined Vanderbilt squad 67-65 in what would prove to be one of the best games of the day. Bowman had plenty of help in the scoring column as Sadik Spence (Tyner Academy) and Levi Woods (Meigs County) each netted 13 in the victory.
Jahmal Johnson (Cleveland) led Vanderbilt with 17 points followed closely by Lannom Sowell (Signal Mountain) with 12 and teammate B.J. Wilkerson (Signal Mountain) with 10.
In the final contest of the day a host of players unable to attend day one left Syracuse short but with several pick-ups the games went on. Ben Snider (Ooltewah) led the ‘Cuse with 21 points. Miles Cothran (Ooltewah) and Tyler Steinmetz (Oakdale) added 9 and 8 respectively.
Jorden Williams (McCallie) led all scorers with 25 in the game. Alex Watkins (Tyner Academy) chipped in with 14, Marquis Tipton (Brainerd) added 13, Justus McMillan (Boyd Buchanan) netted 12 and Austin Walker (Boyd Buchanan) finished with 10.
Top Scoring Efforts: (Week #1)
Jamaal Calvin (McCallie) 26pts
Jorden Williams (McCallie) 25pts
Bradley McCurdy (Bradley Central) 24pts
Jemicah Bowman (Tyner Academy) 21pts
Ben Snider (Ooltewah) 21pts
Antonio Jackson (Ooltewah) 18pts
Jahmal Johnson (Cleveland) 17pts
Daniel Brooks (Gordon Lee) 16pts
Rokas Paulauskas (Hamilton Heights) 16pts
D'Monta Smith (Hixson) 16pts
Steadman Ford (Notre Dame) 15pts
Kendrick Thompson (Cleveland) 15pts
9:00 Syracuse vs. UConn
10:00 Auburn vs. Florida
11:00 Louisville vs. Marquette
12:00 Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt
See everyone on Saturday.