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by Andre Whitehead

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


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


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.



Class AA: Regions 1-4 Preview


Class AA



Region 1AA


District 1AA


Unicoi County


Sullivan East


Johnson County




Happy Valley


Sullivan North   



District 2AA




Cumberland Gap



South Greene

West Greene



Region 1AA/All-Region Team



Logan Lyle (Unicoi County)-MVP

Andy Farmer (Grainger)

Dennis Ramsey (Claiborne)

Jason Steele (Johnson County)

Bryan Everhardt (Greeneville) 

Kyle Wash (Elizabethton)

D.W. Whitson (Unicoi County)

Jordan Cross (Sullivan East)

Troy Hopson (Greeenville) 

Zane Campbell (Sullivan East)    



Honorable Mention


Mason Goad (Cumberland Gap)

Wade Tugman (Johnson County)

David Sweet (Claiborne)

Matt Stanley (Happy Valley)

Tyler Turner (Unicoi County)

Region 2AA



District 3AA





Austin East 

Union County


Pigeon Forge


District 4AA



Stone Memorial 








Region 2AA/All-Region Team


Jalen Steele (Fulton)-MVP

Lester Wilson (Carter)

Jose Agosto (Gatlinburg-Pittman)

Robert Boyd (Fulton)

Terry Roberts (Gibbs)

Zach Sherrill (Stone Memorial) 

Tyler Vittetoe (Union County)

Jylmin Ross (Austin East)

McKinley Maples (Gatlinburg-Pittman)

Galen Campbell (Fulton) 


Honorable Mention

Logan Sharp (Alcoa)

Braylen Bennett (Carter)

Emery Naler (CAK) 

Jake Sexton (Scott)

Mason Fox (Stone Memorial)  



Tennessee Prep Hoops Pre-Season State Tournament Representatives: Fulton and Carter




Region 3AA



District 5AA



McMinn Central

Meigs County


Polk County





District 6AA



Tyner Academy



Red Bank

East Ridge




Chattanooga Central




Region 3AA/All-Region Team



Michael Bradley (Tyner Academy)-MVP

Nick Ross (Red Bank)

Cory Billingsley (Sweetwater)

Chris Deloney (Howard) 

Dammius Bennett (Brainerd)

Reginald Gilmore (Tyner Academy)

Brandon Simpson (McMinn Central)

Taylor Skidmore (Meigs County)

Randy Boyd (Hixson)

Thomas Cooper (Tyner Academy)


Honorable Mention



Nathan Daniels (Meigs County)

Anthony Broome (Brainerd) 

Barry Griffith (Howard)

Luke Silvers (Polk County)

Damien Suttles (Tyner Academy)   



Region 4AA  



District 7AA



Chattanooga Christian 

Sequatchie County

Notre Dame

Bledsoe County

Grundy County  



District 8AA



Livingston Academy

Cannon County 

York Institute


DeKalb County 

Smith County  



Region 4AA/All-Region Team



T.J. Smith (Livingston Academy)-MVP 

Jordan Harris (Chattanooga Christian)

Daniel Cartwright (Sequatchie County) 

Justin Davenport (Cannon County)

Payne Denman (DeKalb County)

Tyrel Asberry (York Institute)

Mitchell Simmons (Upperman) 

Kailen Melton (Livingston Academy)

Cody Reuhlen (Cannon County) 

Logan Ramsey (Livingston Academy)  


Honorable Mention


Tyler Kilgore (Sequatchie County)

Ryan Allen (Smith County)

Gavin Cook (York Institute)     

Tennessee Prep Hoops Pre-Season State Tournament Representatives: Tyner Academy and Livingston Academy   


Oak Hill Academy too much for Melrose at Battle of the Best


A nice crowd assembled at the Gentry Center on the campus of Tennessee State University to watch an exciting battle between perennial high school power Oak Hill Academy and the Sporting News anointed #1 team in the country Memphis Melrose as part of a tripleheader of action this evening.  

Oak Hill came out strong and controlled the game before a furious Melrose comeback cut the deficit to 49-44 after 3 quarters.

The Warriors used their superior depth and put on the press outscoring Melrose 31 to 15 in the final stanza and securing a 80-59 victory in the title game of the Battle of the Best showcase.

Adonis Thomas (Melrose) took game high scoring honors with 27 points, while Auburn signee Cedric McAfee (Melrose) added 13.

In the second game of the day, Kedren Johnson (Marshall County) scored 22 points and snatched 12 rebounds but it wasn't enough as a fatigued Tiger bunch fell to Alabama power Huntsville Lee 62-50.

Jordan Anderson (Marshall County) and Kevin Peterson (Marshall County) finished with 12 and 11 for the Tigers.

Melrose now heads down I24 to the Marshall County Hoopfest to tangle with Kentucky high school power Christian County in the nightcap tomorrow evening.

Adonis Thomas Named 2011 Tennessee Gatorade Player of the Year


Adonis Thomas (Melrose) has been the recipient of numerous awards this season.

The Memphis commitment may add another trophy to his burgeioning case with his naming as the 2011 Tennessee Boy's Gatorade Player of the Year.

Thomas, who will participate in the 2011 McDonald's All-American Game, had an outstanding senior campaign averaging 21.8 points per game and grabbing 11.2 caroms.

He helped lead Melrose to the 2010 Class AAA state championship and is a member of the 2011 USA Junior National Select Team.

Thomas is a two-time Class AAA Mr. Basketball finalist.