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Pharoahs Stand Alone,,, Raleigh-Egypt Tops “Lucky 13”


The suspense is over.

We must take into consideration what each classification brings to the table and the appropriate schedule for such. If a Class A squad is in front of a good AAA squad that does'nt mean we think the Class A squad is better. Each team is judged on their merits and how they have played thus far against the competition on their scedule.

Lets take a look at who's on the "Lucky 13".



1.   Raleigh-Egypt (17-1)

The Pharoahs are deep, talented, tough and did I mention deep. Anthony Jones is emerging as a star among his peers.


2.  Bearden (19-1)

The minor setback at the Arby's was against a big time squad and this version of the Bulldogs will stop at nothing less than a long stay in the 'boro.


3.   Melrose (14-1)

This squad is relatively young but man are they good and talented. Sophomores Adonis Thomas and "Mighty" Chris Jones lead a deep roster of athletes ready to shine.


4.   Austin East (15-0)

This Roadrunner squad is for real and sophomore point guard Brandon Lopez is fast becoming the leader and heart for this squad.


5.   Dyer County (18-0)

Who woulda thunk it? The Choctaws graduated majority of their scoring and rebounding but have still managed to stay on top. T-Rex Pierce is the offense and C.J. Crittendon the defense.


6.   White Station (11-4)

Losses to some tough squads and they seem to found their mojo as of late. Andre Hollins is the perfect complimentary scorer to the other guy they have......


7.   Ridgeway (13-4)

Still the defending champion and still one of the best in Memphis. Depth will always be a Roadrunner mainstay and the emergence of inside forces like Cadarrio Macklin and Tarik Black make the future clear for Coach Henning.


8. BTW (11-1)

Suffered their first loss last week but that usually just makes them angry. Unsung players with unselfish agendas make this version of BTW special. Larry McGaughey will be sought after when it said and done.


9.   Ensworth (15-2)

Gary Pope is for real. The undersized power man does nothing but get it done on both ends of the floor and with a healthy Taverres Jefferson this Ensworth squad is determined to hold the gold.


10.  Livingston Academy (17-1)

You could see in the pre-season this was a better squad than last year. Chase Dunn is not the only scoring option and they have some depth to make this a special season.


11. Siegel (11-4)

Knocking the rust off in December and playing very well as of late the Stars are primed for their ultimate destination a short trip to the Murphy Center. Kerry Hammonds is the show stoppa but nothing gets done without work from Marc Gooch and Levon Tate.


12.  Humboldt (15-0)

This district is the standard bearer for all Class A districts in the state... period. Now the torchbearers are the Vikings of Humboldt. Charles Taylor and Tevin Crayton are the focal points but a deep and athletic roster make them a big deal in this classification.


13.  Walker Valley (16-1)

They have met every challenge that has faced them this season and are bound and determined to represent come state tourney time. Carson Newman signee David Ware is simply lighting up the scoreboards and his ample supporting cast is fierce.




10 On the Rim (Listed Alphabetically)


Bolivar Central (10-2)

Briarcrest Christian (12-6)

Craigmont (13-3)

Culleoka (15-2)

Franklin (15-3)

Fulton (14-3)

Germantown (15-3)

Howard (10-1)

Liberty Tech (15-2)

Manassas (9-2)


 5 Shooting From Deep (Listed Alphabetically)


Beech (12-2)

Gallatin (12-1)

Lake County (14-1)

Maplewood (11-2)

Memphis Central (10-3)






White Station vs. Ridgeway Highlight Region Elimination Games


Elimination Tuesday is what they should call tomorrow as the states best hit the hardwood in their quest for gold in Murfreesboro.


Here are 10 games featuring excellent match-ups where someone gets left at home and someone moves on to the region final.



Grace Baptist vs. South Pittsburg

Region 3A boasts one of the top Class A match-ups in the state. Grace Baptist easily dispatched of Signal Mountain in the region opener and now faces an athletic test in South Pittsburg. Brandon Herman (Grace Baptist) is the top dawg for Grace and the Mr. Basketball finalist will face some tough backcourt competition from Terrell Robinson (South Pittsburg) and Malcolm Jones (South Pittsburg).

Brainerd vs. Howard

Brainerd shocked the Chattanooga area knocking off the top seed McMinn Central and setting up another meeting with chief rival Howard. The Panthers are salivating at another shot at Howard and will come into this meeting on a huge confidence high. Howard easily defeated Polk County in the region opener and has their eyes set on a region final.


Creek Wood vs. Marshall County

The Red Hawks of Creek Wood have put together a remarkable season and now face one of the state's top Class AA teams in an elimination clash. Look for The Wood to go to their inside advantage with Vincent Dotson (Creek Wood), Aaron Hydeman (Creek Wood) and Woody Corell (Creek Wood) hopefully able to contain the Tigers inside. Marshall County will counter with a bevy of guards led by junior sensation Kedren Johnson (Marshall County).

Bearden vs. Knoxville Central

The two regular season champs tangle in this elimination contest in Knoxville. Bearden got the best of Central during the Super 16 Christmas Tourney after the Bobcats led by double digits early in the game. The Bulldogs seemingly have a new player step up in every game and will need the contributions of everyone on the roster in this contest. This game will feature a great backcourt match-up with Dre Mathieu (Knoxville Central) going up against any one of four talented Bearden guards including Rico White (Bearden), Ty Greene (Bearden), Dion Fair (Bearden) and Jaeland Lawson (Bearden).

Oakland vs. Columbia Central

Jamal Hughes (Oakland) has been the guy for Oakland this season and the Patriots will strap to their workhorse for another game with very high season altering implications. Columbia Central comes into this contest with a talented and athletic group led by senior wing Dominique Parks (Columbia Central) and senior guard James English (Columbia Central). One of the better elimination games in Middle Tennessee.


Siegel vs. Lawrence County

The Wildcats may be the best team that no one in the state knows. They feature a balanced line-up of shooters and scorers led by Trent Garland (Lawrence County), Kyle Brink (Lawrence County) and Jake Richardson (Lawrence County). Siegel has done wonders to get to this position after losing their top two players early in the season. The return of Kerry Hammonds (Siegel) should help the Stars morale as they will look to junior riser Cedric Williams (Siegel) to dominate on the interior.


Dyer County vs. Cordova

The Choctaws head into this one with a roster full of depth riding the broad shoulders of talented sophomore guard Fred Yarbrough (Dyer County), who busted out with 26 points in the region opening win over Bolton. Cordova also possesses a good deal of balance and will have a match-up nightmare with senior wing/post A.J. Cunningham (Cordova).

Melrose vs. Southwind

Nick Mason (Southwind) provides the senior leadership that has carried the Jaguars to this point in the season. Youth and depth define this Southwind squad but their talent is not at all in question as they tangle with the Golden Wildcats. Melrose is playing its best ball after their late season stumble and this one should be a great one with the elimination factor on the line.


Ridgeway vs. White Station

It's so hard to believe this is an elimination game and one of these teams will not be heading to a spot in the ‘boro. A fantastic guard tangle highlights this contest with the present Joe Jackson (White Station) going against the future Cameron Golden (Ridgeway). The Roadrunners will need a big effort from Tarik Black (Ridgeway) as his presence could be the difference in this contest


64 to 4….Memphis Magic Illuminate Vegas


Sin City!!!

Whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, they say but why wouldn't you want to tell someone that you're in the final four of the adidas Super 64.

Success always seems to find the Memphis Magic in Vegas. Winners of last year's event the Magic dispatched of three bracket opponents advancing themselves to the final four with a Monday morning date with the Compton Magic.

The Magic dismantled the Franchize All-Stars 84-71 then collapsed the Indiana Elite 89-66 finishing up with a 73-63 win over New Heights.

Adonis Thomas (Melrose) has proven himself to be a national Top 10 player with every major coach in America following him from venue to venue.

Andre Hollins (White Station) continues his superb summer with his play in Vegas. Nino Johnson (White Station) is again drawing attention for his improving play around the bucket.

The Nashville Celtics 17 and under squad fought through some serious pool play opponents and righted the ship in bracket play with a 30 point win over the Michigan Mustangs followed by another win over the Arkansas Hawks.

The following bracket game was a hard fought loss to the Arizona Magic 75-68. Alex Poythress (Clarksville Northeast) was again the center of attention with his play. Anthony Hickey (Kentucky), Kendall Anthony (Liberty Tech) and Zavion Williams (West Creek) all had solid moments as the Celtics turned things around in the end.

The Nashville Celtics 16 and under squad started bracket play with a solid win over a very good Florida Rams squad before falling to the always powerful D.C. Assault.

David Howard (MBA) drew a lot of attention with his play and will be closely watched as his junior season approaches. John Ross Glover (USJ) was solid throughout  in Vegas with the guard play of Daijon Williams (Clarksville), Kielan Blanks (Spring Hill), Taylor Barnette (Kentucky) and Eric Robertson (Alabama) giving valuable minutes as the Celtics close out the summer campaign on a high.

Region Finals Set for Thursday


Region finals tip tomorrow evening all around the state with the winners getting the all important home sub-state game and the runner-up still alive but forced to hit the road to stay alive.


Class A


Region 1A Final

Cloudland vs. Hampton


Region 2A Final

Harriman vs. Jellico


Region 3A Final

CSAS vs. Lookout Valley


Region 4A Final

Clay County vs. Friendship Christian


Region 5A Final

McEwen vs. Clarksville Academy


Region 6A Final

Summertown vs. Perry County


Region 7A Final

Humboldt vs. Lake County


Region 8A Final

Middleton vs. Westwood


Class AA


Region 1AA Final

Unicoi County vs. Greeneville


Region 2AA Final

Fulton vs. Stone Memorial


Region 3AA Final

Tyner Academy vs. Howard


Region 4AA Final

Cannon County vs. Livingston Academy


Region 5AA Final

Sycamore vs. East Literature


Region 6AA Final

Marshall County vs. Giles County


Region 7AA Final

Bolivar Central vs. Liberty Tech (Winner advances to state tournament)


Region 8AA Final

BTW vs. ??????? (Hillcrest declared ineligible by the TSSAA)


Class AAA


Region 1AAA Final

Science Hill vs. Morristown East


Region 2AAA Final

Knoxville West vs. Bearden


Region 3AAA Final

Cleveland vs. McMinn County (McMinn County Wins)


Region 4AAA Final

Siegel vs. Lawrence County


Region 5AAA Final

Clarksville vs. West Creek


Region 6AAA Final

Brentwood vs. Nashville Overton


Region 7AAA Final

Cordova vs. Craigmont


Region 8AAA Final

Melrose vs. White Station

Tennessee Tigers Fall in Title Game…..16 and Under Real Deal


What a great weekend for the teams residing in the 16 and under pool that call Tennessee home.

The Tennessee Tigers head the list after playing inspired basketball and advancing to the championship game before falling by 2 to the powerful Wisconsin Playground Warriors.

Six of the seven participants advanced to the championship round finishing first or second in their respective pools.

The Tigers were in rare form over the weekend consistently making believers of their opponents with crisp execution and a dedication to teamwork that carried them into the title contest.

A big win over MemphisT23 started the proverbial bracket ball rolling and the Tigers followed this win up with victories over the Atlanta Knicks, the Atlanta Celtics, and the Gulf Coast Blue Chips before the Warriors defeat.

JaQuan Lewis (Dickson County) was truly unstoppable running the show and scoring when the need arose. His quickness and ability to penetrate any defense made it a fun tournament for the inside exploits of Kessler Bell (FRA), C.J. McEwen (Mt. Juliet) and Mason Ramsey (Livingston Academy).

Ramsey showed his versatility not only scoring on the physically overmatched inside kids but using his outside stroke to gather more buckets.

Lewis kept everyone involved and received excellent support from his backcourt mates Kevin Peterson (Marshall County), Bryce Copeland (Bradley Central), Gunnar Miller (Davidson Academy) and Austin Howard (Giles County).

The Memphis YOMCA also put on quite a showing finishing in the final eight before falling to the Tennessee nemesis the Wisconsin Playground Warriors.

Austin Nichols (Braircrest Christian) was outstanding putting up numbers, blocking shots, snatching rebounds and using his length to disrupt. Demetrius Dyson (Brighton), Laron Black (White Station), Markell Crawford (Melrose) and John Wilfong (MUS) made major contributions throughout the whole weekend.

Nourse Fox (MUS) made significant strides from the lead guard spot, growing his game as his confidence level rose. He found ways to score as he became more comfortable with his teammates and continued to be the playmaker for a very talented group of players.

The Nashville Celtics advanced to the championship round only to fall to; yes you guessed it, the dreaded Warriors from the Wisconsin Playground. The Celtics played determined and well behind the exploits of Josh Williams (Mississippi). His stock nationally is currently on a sharp incline as he dominated his opponents all weekend. Joey Barnes (Ravenwood) was mentioned for his outstanding work in the post and on the defensive side of the ball. In the backcourt Philip Roper (Cookeville) and Jamaal Calvin (McCallie) played very well for the Celtics.

The Memphis Select joined the fun and brought their bunch to a second place pool finish and a date in the championship bracket. Greg Pryor (Ridgeway) was the main man averaging a consistent 13 points for the event. Nathan Turner (Memphis Catholic) and Jalen Thompson (White Station) also made significant contributions for the Select.

Team Nashville added to the party also finishing 2-1 in pool play and moving into the championship bracket before falling to the Louisiana Bayou Flames. Darius Thompson (Blackman) and Matt Pond (Centennial) were consistent and provided majority of the scoring for the squad. Connor Hayes (Homeschool) was sighted for his contributions and Class of 2014 riser Jericho Williams (McGavock) played inspired ball the entire weekend.

A newcomer to the fray, the Memphis T23 squad backed by former Craigmont and current Piston star Terrico White, had quite an inaugural showing finishing 2-1 in pool action and moving into the championship bracket.

They ran into the Tigers buzzsaw but not before some outstanding performances from Kennedy McKinney (Germantown), who busted for 30 in one of the pool games, Jessie Pierce (MHEA), who was scoring at a high rate before an injury stopped his progress, Peyton Husley (Germantown), Donovan Sprawls (Braircrest Christian) and Kedron Moore (Southwind).

Will Adams (Science Hill) caught my eye with his play in a big pool play victory. The Tennessee Chosen Few were relegated to the consolation bracket but showed steady improvement as the new pieces of their team are merging together.

Menes Bailey (Austin East) caught fire from the outside on several occasions and Daijon McGill (Austin East) impressed with his ball-handling and ability to take people off the bounce. In the aforementioned contest McGill led the scoring with 2o markers and Bailey added 14 but it was the play of Adams that squashed a big comeback and his ability to control the tempo ended any hope the opponent had to pull this game out.