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Craigmont, White Station, Bearden and Siegel Advance to Friday’s Semi-Final Round


Craigmont 69

Knoxville West 64

Jordan Washington (Craigmont) dropped 20 points and sophomore Sam Craft (Craigmont) added 16 points as the Chiefs outlasted Knoxville West 69-64 in the day's first Class AAA contest.

West pulled ahead 53-50 at the end of the third period on some nice outside shooting from Phillip Stanford (Knoxville West).

JayJuan Mitchell (Knoxville West) added 16 points for the Rebels.


White Station 61

Clarksville 57

Class AAA Mr. Basketball finalist Andre Hollins (White Station) dropped 28 points and the Spartans overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to rally for a tough 61-57 victory over a determined Clarksville squad.

Trailing 35-26 at the break, The Station used some timely scoring from Hollins and rallied to take the 3rd quarter 25-12 and grab the lead for good.

Monte Burney (Clarksville) was outstanding on this day. The senior guard made his presence felt scoring 26 points from all over the court and helped keep the Wildcats in the game till Marvin Williams (White Station) drained two foul shots late to put the game away for good.

Williams finished with 11 points for the Spartans and Rodriguez Tucker (White Station) added 10 markers in the victory.

Daijon Williams (Clarksville) finished with 15 points for the Cats.

White Station will battle fellow Memphis mate Craigmont in semi-final action on Friday.


Bearden 76

McMinn County 48

Ty Greene (Bearden) blasted 32 points and the Bulldogs of Bearden did yeoman like work dispatching the Cherokees 76-48 and setting up a showdown on Friday evening with Siegel.

Bearden raced out to an early advantage and never trailed in the contest.

Cedric Nevins (McMinn County) led the Cherokees with 15 points.


Siegel 54

West Creek 48

In the day's final contest, Siegel rode the backs of their twin towers and got past Zavion Williams (West Creek) and the Coyotes 54-48 setting up a showdown with Bearden on Friday evening at the Murphy Center.

Stephen Hurt (Siegel) and Cedric Williams (Siegel) used every inch of their size advantage to overcome the day's single most impressive performance by the Lipscomb bound Williams.

Big Z finished with 37 points and snatched 14 boards in the devastating loss.

Hurt led the Stars with 19 points, while Oscar Butler (Siegel) added 15 in the win.

Memphis YOMCA Chewing up EYBL Competition


The Memphis YOMCA rolled up five wins this past weekend as Session #2 of the Nike EYBL took place at the Fieldhouse USA in Dallas.


The YOMCA currently stands tied with BABC for the top spot in Division B at 9-1 after two sessions.


In the opener, balance was on the docket with Jarnell "The One Man Gang" Stokes (Memphis Central) leading the way with 13 points. Anthlon Bell (Bartlett) chipped in with 12 markers and Shaq Goodwin (Georgia) and Martavious Newby (BTW) each added 10 points as the YOMCA doused the King James Shooting Stars 72-57.


Stokes banged 28 points as the YOMCA won game two 59-49 over Team Texas Titans, Goodwin added 17 for the YOMCA.


Stokes continues to dominate dropping 19 as the YOMCA move to 3-0 in the session with a 73-57 win over the Metro Hawks. Bell added 12 points and Newby finished with 11.


4-0 is the mark as the YOMCA rolls over the Charlotte Royals 74-66 behind 20 from Stokes, 16 from Markel Crawford (Melrose) and 12 from Goodwin.


Five players land in double digits as the YOMCA finishes the session 5-0 with a huge win over BABC 81-78 knocking them from the ranks of the unbeaten and placing themselves into a tie at 9-1 in the B Division.


Stokes led with 20 points, Bell added 15, Goodwin and Newby landed on 12 and super sophomore Sam Craft (Craigmont) finished with 11.


The Tennessee Travelers played well but couldn't put together a string of wins in this session of the EYBL finishing at 1-4 for the weekend.


The Travs got a forfeit win in their opener against the Metro Hawks before falling to Team Takeover in a tough one 74-69 in game two.


Craig Bradshaw (CPA) led the scoring charge with 14, James Scales (Cherokee) added 13, while Jalen Lindsey (CPA) scored 12 and Carson Brooks (Knoxville West) finished with 11 markers.


Game #3 saw the Travelers fall 88-48 to the Oakland Soldiers. Montrae Williams (Spring Hill) and Darryl Hicks (Kentucky) led the scoring with 11 points each.


In a very tight contest up until the final buzzer the Travs fall to Howard Pulley 61-56 despite 16 from Bradshaw and 12 from Hicks.


In the weekends final contest the Travs fall to the very tough Spiece squad 81-43. Lindsey leads the scoring with 13 points.


Playing for the Georgia Stars, Alex Poythress (Northeast) helped his team finish 4-1 on the weekend and managed double digits in every contest. He scored 12 in a win over ICP-Portland followed up with 12 more against Nike Team Florida in a victory then managed 17 markers in a big win over the New York Gauchos.


Poythress scored his weekend high of 18 in the team's only loss to CIA Bounce and finished up with 14 points in a victory over Athlete's First.


Stokes, Poythress and Goodwin remain among the top 10 in various categories on the EYBL leader boards.



CPA Captures King of the Bluegrass Crown


It hasn't happened in 31 years.


CPA blasted Louisville Butler 73-60 and became the first Tennessee team in 31 years to snatch the championship crown of the prestigious King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic in Kentucky.


Craig "The Professor" Bradshaw (CPA) was sterling in the title game. The Belmont signee finished with 29 points leading the Lions. Jalen Lindsey (CPA) finished with 22 markers and was named the MVP of the event for his superb play over the three day tourney.


Joining Lindsey on the glitter squad from CPA were Bradshaw and rising sophomore Jake Allsmiller (CPA).


Leron Black (White Station) also garnered All-Tournament accolades for his play.


CPA got to the title game with an 85-59 trouncing of the #1 ranked team in the state of Kentucky, Louisville Ballard. Lindsey was high man for the Lions with 23 while Allsmiller added 19. Bradshaw and sophomore Vic Wharton (CPA) finished with 18 each.


White Station finished out the event with a victory over Orange Lutheran of California with Black leading the way with 24 points and 13 caroms. The Spartans then fell to Fairdale 63-57 in overtime lead by freshman guard Nych Smith (White Station) with 11 points.

West Takes BCAT All-Star Game 113-108


A high scoring affair...you could say that.

A game devoid of turnovers or unfortunate plays......maybe not.

The 2012 BCAT All-Star game turned out to be a nice game with the West behind six players in double digits outlasting the East 113-108 at Middle Tennessee Christian School on Saturday before the state championships.

The West built a 52-50 halftime advantage and never got more than 8 to 9 points ahead before the East made a run to narrow the gap.

Four players on the West squad led their squad with 14 points each including Marquarious Boddie (Bartlett), John Ross Glover (USJ), John Hudson (Dyer County) and Adam Weary (Ridgeway).

Cameron Golden (Ridgeway) and Demarc Richardson (Briarcrest) pitched in with 12 and 11 points respectively in the win.

For the East Aaron Wheeler (Morristown East) took game scoring honors with 23 points on a variety of drives to the hoop, slick slam backs and quick offensive boards.

C.J. Reese (McCallie) added 15 for the East and was joined in the score book by Drew Standifer (Bearden) with 13, Cody Malicoat (Jellico) and James Scales (Cherokee) with 12 points each and finally Jack "The Natural" Montague (Brentwood) with 10.

Everyone on the West squad was able to put points on the board including Robert Houston (Craigmont) and Fred Yarbrough (Dyer County) with 8, Kyle Weldon (Rossview) with 7, Kahan Swift (Jackson Southside) with 6 and DeAndre McKinnie (Bolivar Central) with 2.

For the East Braylen "Vitamin B" Bennett (Carter) finished with 7, Jervon Johnson (Ooltewah) added 5, Cordell James (McCallie) pitched in with 4 and rounding out the scoring was Keilan Blanks (Spring Hill) with 3.

Caleb Chowbay (Mt. Juliet) and Montrae Williams (Spring Hill) played but did not score for the East. Dee Oldham (Wilson Central) dressed but did not participate for the East squad.

Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions Preview


Welcome to the 16th annual Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.

One of the single best events in the entire country, this event covers over 20 sites including the Dean Dome on the campus of North Carolina, Cameron Indoor Stadium, home to the Dukies and North Carolina State.

In the 17 and under division four teams with some Tennessee hoopsters take the court on Friday night with an eye on ending up on Sunday playing under the banners that read, Worthy, Perkins and Jordan.

Memphis is well represented with three squads including the Memphis Magic Elite, the Memphis Stallions and the M33M. Over in Nashville the Celtics are the fourth squad in the event.

Joe Jackson (White Station) leads a very talented Magic squad. The 5'11 rising senior is at his best in these large events and his supporting cast is solid to say the least.

Tarik Black (Ridgeway), Chris Crawford (Sheffield) and Ronald "Tank" Brown (Raleigh-Egypt) lead a host of players who want to make a name in this prestigious event.

The Memphis Stallions come to Carolina sporting a solid squad led by Mighty Chris Jones (Melrose), A.J. Cunningham (Cordova) and Nick Mason (Southwind).

A M33M sighting for this event features a hodge-podge of players from numerous states including Tennessee. Mardracus Wade (Mitchell), Tim Peete (Central) and Adonis Thomas (Melrose) round out a superb triumvirate for the Mike Miller squad.

The Celtics should be full strength for the first time since Real Deal. Casey Prather (Jackson Northside), Austin Hollins (Germantown) and Ish Sanders (Cleveland) lead the Celtics who will need a big weekend from their inside crew of "King" Arthur McMillan (Hillsboro) and Cody Henegar (Marion County).

Moving to the 16's the lone representative will be the Nashville Celtics. They will however be playing without Kedren Johnson (Marshall County) who is still nursing a bad foot. Look for a huge effort from their sparkplug, Kendall "Ant 2.0" Anthony (Liberty Tech).

The Memphis YOMCA 15's will bring their formidible talent to the event along with the Nashville Celtics to represent in the 15 and under division.

Cameron Golden (Ridgeway) leads a balanced YOMCA attack while the Celtics appear to be healthy for the first time this season. Class of 2013 stalwart Cornelius Elder (Ensworth) is worth the price of admission. The Celtics will look for big games from their inside boss David Howard (MBA).

To find out more information and schedules go to www.bobgibbons.net.