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Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

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Team Nashville Shines at King James Shootout

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Team Nashville continues to make their presence felt on the national scene with another successful weekend this time in Akron at the King James Shootout.

 

Team Nashville finished in the Sweet 16 of the Gold bracket with some outstanding play from Corn Elder (Ensworth), who dropped 17 markers against Team CBZ in pool play. Vari Craig (Riverdale) went double/double in that one with 11 points and 14 boards.

 

Cayman Dial (LaVergne) led all scorers with 15 points in a win over West Penn Flight. John Hudson (Dyer County) and Devin Robinson (Ravenwood) added 10 points each.

 

Elder was a human highlight scoring 16 markers against Team Ferrari and ESPN Class of 2013 #2 player Jabari Parker. Elder, Robinson and Fred Yarbrough (Dyer County) made life tough for Ferrari pressuring their guards and winning the game in a blowout. Craig was huge dominating Parker with 12 points and snatching 14 boards.

 

Dial and Robinson scorer 14 and 12 points as Team Nashville finally fell in bracket action to the Baltimore Stars for their only loss of the event.

 

Billy Hughes (Hunter's Lane) and Isaac Harris (Hunter's Lane) were sighted by the coaches for their contributions.

 

In the 16 and under age division, the East Tennessee Pyro finished in the Top 8 of the consolation bracket with a 3-3 final mark. Jordan Hall (Lenoir City) led in scoring at an 18 point per game clip.

 

Rian Hall (Oak Ridge) finished at a 15 point per game clip and Blake Golden (Knoxville West) and Camion Patrick (Clinton) each scored at an 11 point per game clip.

 

Ethan Hayes (Anderson County) showed some real promise including an 18 point, 12 rebound effort against Team First.

 

Kaseem Davidson (Oak Ridge) played well most of the weekend including a 16 point effort in pool play.

 

Team Nashville showed out as well in the 15 and under division finishing in the Sweet 16 of the championship bracket.

 

Kindravious Webster (Hillsboro) and Christian Lynn (Goodpasture) were the scoring stars for the 15's.

 

Jacob McCullough (Ensworth) and Josh McCullough (Ensworth) played well for the Team Nashville all weekend.

 

Lions Tame Tigers Capture Class AA Crown….Bradshaw Named MVP and Mr. Basketball

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Could you call this the daily double for Craig "The Professor" Bradshaw (CPA).

The Belmont signee scored 23 points leading the Lions of CPA to a hard fought 78-64 victory over Memphis Mitchell and a place in history as the champions of Class AA.

Bradshaw's night was far from done as the senior guard was named the MVP of the 2012 state tournament for his efforts all week.

But wait there's more!!!!!!!!!

In the post game ceremony, Bradshaw was named the 2012 Class AA Mr. Basketball over fellow nominees Jalen Lindsey (CPA) and Brandon Cole (Stone Memorial).

CPA came out strong behind the scoring of Bradshaw and building a lead that seemed to be sufficient heading into the final stanza.

Anyone who watched the Tigers of Mitchell this week knew for certain a run was in their future and it came during the fourth quarter.

After Jalen Lindsey fouled out the Tigers made their move and got the lead under double digits before some nifty ball handling from sophomore guards Braxton Bonds (CPA) and Vic Wharton (CPA).

Bradshaw finished with 23 followed closely by sophomore sharp-shooter Jake Allsmiller (CPA), Lindsey added 15 and Bonds finished with 10 in the title victory.

Mario McNeal (Mitchell) led the Tigers with 17 and Jalen Blackwell (Mitchell) added 12 for the state runner-ups.

Joining Bradshaw on the All-Tournament squad were Lindsey, Blackwell, Wharton, Allsmiller, Brandon Cole, Tavarius Gause (Liberty Tech), Robert Troino (Stone Memorial), Aquarius Stevenson (Mitchell) and Nathan Cole (Mitchell).

Asa is Clutch….BlueCross Basketball Championships Let the Fun Begin

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This is the stuff that legends are made of. The Blue Cross Basketball Championships officially got underway today with one of the best games the tournament has ever seen.

One of the largest crowds to ever grace the Murphy Center for the state tournament watched a furious Brentwood second half rally culminated by a dagger at the buzzer from Stetson signee Asa Duvall (Brentwood) lifting the Bruins to a 52-49 victory over previously unbeaten Blackman.

The Blaze seemed to have things under control leading 29-11 at the half before Brentwood behind Duvall and rising junior Andy Schumpert (Brentwood) began to chip away at the lead. The Bruins outscored Blackman 41-20 in the second half.

Duvall led the Bruins with 15 while Schumpert added 14 in the narrow victory. James McPherson (Brentwood) had an outstanding game controlling the tempo and dishing out 8 assists.

Darius Thompson (Blackman) led all scorers with 18 points. Sophomore Juaun Jennings (Blackman) added 13.

 

 

Southwind 69

Oak Ridge 47

The Jaguars placed four players in double digits and slowly ran away against Oak Ridge 69-47. Lipscomb signee Peyton Husley (Southwind) led with 17 points and 10 boards. Jonathan Williams (Southwind) pitched in with 15 and Jujuan Johnson (Southwind) and Deckie Johnson (Southwind) finished with 13.

Jaylin Henderson (Oak Ridge) led thr Wildcats with 15. Isaac Merian (Oak Ridge) and Cory Fagan (Oak Ridge) added 11 and 10 respectively.

 

 

 Dyer County 40

Hillsboro 35

Robert Hubbs (Dyer County) scored 11 markers and the Choctaws held on in a hard fought contest to advance to the semi-final round against Siegel.

 

 

Siegel 53

Maryville 47

Ryan Jones (Siegel) scored 20 leading the Stars of Siegel to a 53-47 victory over Maryville. Charles Clark (Siegel) finished with 14 for the Stars in the win.

Clark McCall (Maryville) led the Rebels with 18 points.

 

 

Lake County 53

Watertown 50

Devon Jones (Lake County) scored 22 points and snatched 11 caroms leading Lake County to a hard fought overtime win over Watertown 53-50.  Zay Coleman (Lake County) added 16 for Lake County.

Macio Gaines (Watertown) had a great game for Watertown finishing with 16 points and 18 boards. Junior guard Ty Jobe (Watertown) added 12 in the close loss. 

 

Richland 54

Grace Christian 46

Cody Jordan (Richland) scored 22 points and Richland held off Grace Christian 54-46. The win sets up a semi-final contest against Lake County on Friday. Jordan was assisted in the scoring column by Markus Batchelder (Richland) with 16 points.

Luke Sheppard (Grace Christian) led the Rams with 15. Matt Holland (Grace Christian) finished with 12.

 

 

Tennessee Fares Well in the Rock

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The Real Deal on the Rock proved to once again be the jumping point from which the summer scene gets its liftoff for the grueling run that follows for the months of April and May.

No shortage of Tennessee squads in this year's field as many represented very well in one capacity or another.

Covering the event for another entity, I was not able to see as many of our teams as I could, but I creatively made my way into the gym for a great deal of them in the 17 and under division, since the event was spread out over the greater Little Rock metro area.

In the 17 and under division advancing past the pool play games into the championship bracket, I was fortunate enough to see all of these teams led by the Nashville Celtics, the Memphis Magic Elite, M33M and the Memphis Magic Black.

The Magic Elite drew the hometown media darlings Arkansas Hawks in their playoff opener and fell in overtime by one point. Chris Jones (Melrose) and Adonis Thomas (Melrose) were the go to guys but some outstanding play from the likes of Andre Hollins (White Station), who was outstanding on Friday night playing straight up with Texas signee Myck Kabongo. Nino Johnson (White Station) played well inside scoring and rebounding, while sophomores Cameron Golden (Ridgeway) and Martavious Newby (BTW) had their moments as well.

M33M made it past the first round of playoff action with a win against the Houston Superstars and then lost a close game to Grassroots Canada. Bobby Parks Jr. (Melrose) had an outstanding tourney scoring at a 25 per game clip and playing with excitement and energy that we saw from him in the past. Telvin Wilkerson (Melrose) played well showing a very nice stroke from mid-range that could lead to him being on many a recruiting board. Inside the combination of Cameron Clear (Memphis Central) and Jaylon Moore (Mississippi) turned some heads with their play.

The Memphis Magic Black playing basically up and age group made the championship round but fell in their game to the Compton Magic. The Black received solid performances from Adam Weary (Ridgeway), Kadario Fleming (Ridgeway) and Brandon Lewis (Ridgeway).

In the consolation bracket, the Memphis Select, who played in an ultra tough pool, got some very good play from their big boys Jarnell Stokes (Memphis Central), Octavious Ellis (Whitehaven) and Cedric McAfee (Melrose). McAfee really turned some heads with his performance in the playoff contest.

Team Nashville got some solid play from Andre Brown (Clarksville Northwest) and big new addition Cedric Williams (Siegel), who was a major topic of conversation among those in the know.

God's Chosen Few made their first big event a happy one receiving some solid play from Phillip "Tookie" Stanford (Knoxville West), Otis Littlejohn (Knoxville West) and Jamal Thomas (Fulton).

Malcolm Smith (Clarksville Academy) and Martin Smith (Clarksville Academy) both played well for the Drake Reed Basketball squad. Also drawing some praise for their efforts was Keenan Froedden (Sycamore).

Tennessee A-Game played hard and tough led by the scoring of Chris Dansby (Lancaster Christian) and the shooting of guards Tyler Irwin (LaVergne) and Chase Argo (Lancaster Christian).

Also playing in the consolation bracket were the Memphis Hawgs and the Memphis Elite.

In the 16 and under championship bracket the movers and shakers were Team Nashville, the Memphis YOMCA and the Memphis Stars.

Team Nashville finshed 2 and 1 in pool play losing to the Kansas City 76ers, who made it to the final four, and then fell to the eventual champions the Atlanta Celtics in a very close tight game. Cornelius Elder (Ensworth), Caymon Dial (LaVergne), Devin Robinson (Ravenwood), Vari Craig (Riverdale) and William Powell (Alabama) al played well and were a few breaks away from making a big run at the event. This team is getting better and will compete as the summer rolls along.

The YOMCA finished 3 and 2 battling to overtime with the tourney's eventual champions the Atlanta Celtics. Leading the way for the Y, Nourse Fox (ECS) was big in the Celtics contest scoring 13 points, dishing 7 dimes and grabbing 4 steals. Also contributing well all weekend were Jonathan "J3" Williams (Southwind), Austin Nichols (Briarcrest Christian), Sam Craft (Craigmont) and Dee Dyson (Brighton).

The Nashville Celtics 16 and under squad had an outstanding event finishing 3-2 overall garnering a couple of nice pool play wins and scoring a big win in the consolation bracket opener. David Howard (MBA) continues to improve his game playing well the entire weekend and also getting some run in the 17 and under games. He had a high of 18 points and 14 rebounds in the second pool play win. John Ross Glover (USJ) led the scoring with 13 in the final pool play game and the talented rising junior played well the entire event. In the backcourt the celtics got sterling guard play from Keilan Blanks (Spring Hill) and Daijon Williams (Clarksville).  An outstanding team effort for their initial event of the summer. Also drawing some praise for his efforts was rising sophomore Mason Ramsey (Livingston Academy).

The tourney champion Atlanta Celtics featured some outstanding play from Jordan Price (McCallie), our DII/Class AA Mr. Basketball last season in Tennessee.

The other Chris Jones (Briarcrest Christian) made some noise with his game playing for the Alabama Celtics over the weekend.

Hampton, Lake County, Middleton and Perry County Advance to Class A Semi-Finals

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Summertown 47 

Nathaneal Hughes (Hampton) and Dylan Ward (Hampton) stood tall leading the Bulldogs past Summertown in the day's first Class A contest.

Both teams started slow before Hampton outscored the Eagles 21-13 in the third quarter to take their commanding advantage.

Hughes finished with 26 points and Ward added 23 markers and grabbed 15 caroms.

Jordan Chard (Summertown) led the Eagles with 15 points, Eli Matthews (Summertown) chipped in with 11 in the loss.

 

Lake County 66

CSAS 62

Zay Coleman (Lake County) drained four straight charity shots to close the game and the Falcons of Lake County got past an aggressive CSAS squad 66-62 to advance to the semi-final round against Hampton.

Rafeal Tyler (Lake County) hit two foul shots to move the Falcons ahead 62-60 before Coleman hit two of his last four free tosses to give Lake County a 64-60 lead with only ticks left on the clock.

Shariff Cobb (CSAS) scored on a driving lay-in to close the gap before Coleman netted his final two for the victory.

Tyler was the scoring hero draining 27 points for the Falcons. Coleman, a freshman point guard, finished with 13 points.

Cobb led the Patriots with 19 markers followed closely by Alex Stallion (CSAS) with 16 and Malik Dodds (CSAS) added 10.

 

Middleton 52

Cloudland 37

Javonte Woody (Middleton) led all scorers with 22 points and lifted the Tigers into the semi-final round with a 52-37 victory over the Highlanders.

Cloudland hung tough for three quarters slowing down the tempo and winning the battle of the loose balls.

Middleton used their depth and ability to create turnovers into a big fourth quarter and ran away with the win.

Matthew Potter (Cloudland) led the Highlanders with 13 points.

 

Perry County 67

Clay County 45

Cannon Rhodes (Perry County) nailed six three's and finished with 22 points leading the Vikings past Clay County 67-45 and a date with Middleton in the semi-finals on Friday.

Rhodes was deadly from deep and got plenty of scoring help from Dray Mercer (Perry County) with 11 points and Jacob Tucker (Perry County) with 10.

Trent Boles (Clay County) played a sterling second half and finished with 17 points for the Bulldogs.