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by Andre Whitehead

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Lake County and Middleton to Meet in Class A Championship Game

Lake County 63

Hampton 52

Rafeal Tyler (Lake County) dropped 18 points and the Falcons of Lake County moved onto championship Saturday with a 63-52 victory over Hampton.

Tyler and sophomore Devon Jones (Lake County), who finished with 12 points, led a final flurry that pushed them past a very good group of Bulldogs.

Nathaneal Hughes (Hampton) finished with a game high 24 points on a variety of drives to the bucket and three-point shots.

The Falcons will meet West Tennessee counterpart Middleton for the crown on Saturday.


Middleton 64

Perry County 56

Javonte Woody (Middleton) scored 29 points leading the Tigers into the Class A finals and a date with Lake County with a 64-56 victory over Perry County.

Woody was outstanding seemingly squashing every Perry County run with a timely basket or steal.

The Vikings closed the gap in the fourth quarter behind some determined play from senior guard Dray Mercer (Perry County) and junior guard Jacob Tucker (Perry County).

Mercer led the Vikings with 21 points while Ticker chipped in with 18.

Middleton nows moves on to tangle with Lake County in the Class A championship game on Saturday.

Observations and Notes from 15/17 Eastern Sub-State


On Saturday, Maryville College was the place as the 15 and 17 and under AAU Eastern Sub-State took to the floor at the Home of the Scots.


In the 15 and under division, three teams comprised the field and thus only three games were needed to determine the order of finish for the trip to the state.


The Prime Time Elite came away with the top spot defeating the Tennessee Travelers 73-60 in one of the more emotional games of the weekend in either age group.


Jaylin Henderson (Oak Ridge) played very well in his two games scoring 25 points in an opening win over the Tri-Cities Tarheels and leading his squad in scoring with 15 in the win over the Travs.


Vic Wharton (Knoxville Catholic) played very well on both ends of the floor, controlling the tempo and getting his team out in transition. Wharton finished with 13 in the Travelers win after scoring 11 in the earlier contest.


Isaac Edmonson (Maryville) scored 14 markers in the opening win and was consistent in both contests, a solid team effort from the Prime Time Elite as they played with emotion throughout the event. Austin Glasgow (Hardin Valley), Xavier Maddox (Oak Ridge), Charles Mitchell (Carter) and Peyton Wall (Knoxville Catholic) all made major contributions.


Rob Marberry (FRA) was a bright spot for the Travelers scoring 25 points in the loss to Prime Time. Devin Sibley (Karns) added 18 points in the loss as well.


Trevon Fields (Science Hill) led the scoring in the opening game win against the Tarheels with 13, while Clay Leatherwood (Gatlinburg-Pittman) added 12 in the win.


Tyleke Love (Dobyns-Bennett) was a bright spot for the Tri-Cities Tarheels scoring 17 in the opening game and showing some solid skills and athleticism. Calvin Songster (Science Hill) led the scoring with 22 points in the opening game and 14 in the loss to the Travelers.


In the 17 and under division, I was able to see all the teams and some even multiple times during the day.


The Tennessee Tigers won both of their games on Saturday with a solid overall team effort. Ross Welch (USN) had the hot hand in the second game scoring 17 points. New addition Braylen "Vitamin B" Bennett (Carter) seemed to mesh well with his new teammates cracking double digits in the second game with 10 points. Will Downey (Ensworth) was the only Tiger to score in double digits in both contest with 12 and 10 respectively. Kyle Weldon (Rossview), Nilan Hodge (USN) and Casey Smith (Morristown East) all contributed to the two wins.


The Music City Jags did a great job playing as a team and making every game they were in a close contest. Jamonte Graham (Father Ryan) dropped 18 in the morning contest and was very solid throughout the day. Dijon Dozier (Hillsboro) and Tim Gaines (Hillsboro) were vital cogs in the Jags machine.


Tennessee Team Hustle playing in what was essentially their first event managed to make a nice showing by getting better as the games went on. Trey Suttles (Tyner Academy) played well in all three contests on Saturday scoring 23, 18 and 13 for the Hustle. Ross "Loaded" Cannon (Anderson County) was big in the early game scoring 22 points and added 10 in the afternoon game. Tre Tate (Alcoa), Gabe Dando (Alcoa) and Spencer Shoffner (Oak Ridge) played solid for the Hustle.


Donya Burnette (Riverdale) had a steady day scoring 17 and 15 for the Tennessee Contenders on Saturday. Keshawn Carter (Ensworth) exploded for 24 points in the afternoon game. Nick Drake (East Literature) also played well throughout the weekend.


Moving on with two wins, The Tennessee Chosen Few are finding their way as a team. Blake Williams (Farragut) was the high scorer in both of yesterday's games with 27 and 20. Nick Litton (Campbell County) was big in the opening game with 20 points, while Jervon Johnson (Ooltewah) added 12 points. In the afternoon game, Tanner Torres (Anderson County) came through with 15 points and Drew Standifer (Bearden) finished with 13.


The Mid-State Ballerz East played well at times on Saturday. Dee Oldham (Wilson Central) dropped 18 points and Cody Malicoat (Jellico) finished with 17. In the afternoon game, Aaron Wheeler (Morristown East) was the high man scoring 16 markers, while Jeff Long (Hendersonville) added 13 and Malicoat finished with 10. Matt Shown (Alcoa) made his presence felt on the boards and inside for the Ballerz.




James, O’Donahue, Upshaw and Suttles Shine at Best of Preps


The Chattanooga Times Free Press Best of Preps tournament kicked off this evening with some solid action including a match-up of some of the best backcourt players in the East Tennessee area.


McCallie 67

Cleveland 58

Cordell James (McCallie) was the big man on campus on Wednesday evening. The rising senior notched 23 points leading McCallie to a 67-58 victory over a determined Cleveland Blue Raider squad.


McCallie maintained a good lead for majority of the contest behind some inspired play from junior Terrence O'Donahue (McCallie).

C.J. Bryant (Cleveland) converted a foul shot and snatched his own miss and scored again narrowing the contest to 56-50 with a little under 3:00 minutes left to play.


D.J. Bowles (Cleveland) scored on a driving lay-in and the lead was shrunk to 2 with under 2:00 minutes remaining on the clock.


Never to be outdone, C.J. Reese (McCallie) scored on a three-point play the old fashioned way and McCallie was out of danger and came away with the solid victory.


Joining James in the scoring column were Reese and O'Donahue with 13 each and Jamaal Calvin (McCallie) with 10 points.


Bowles and Bryant finished with 13 each for Cleveland while Jarod Rhodes (Cleveland) added 11 in the tough loss.



Red Bank 61


In the nights opening round game, Red Bank got 18 points from Fred Matthews (Red Bank) and slipped away late from a young and younger bunch of Patriots to gather the victory 61-54.


Xavier Cummings (Red Bank) and Niquia McDuffie (Red Bank) finished with 14 points each for the Lions in the win.


Frank Brogdan (CSAS) led the young Patriots with 15 points while smooth Class of 2016 guard JaVaughn Craig (CSAS) added 11 in the close loss.



Baylor 53

Notre Dame 31

Welcome one and all to the Reggie Upshaw (Baylor) show. The rising junior was fantastic scoring 25 points and helping lead his Red Raiders to a 53-31 drubbing of Notre Dame.


Upshaw did majority of his damage in the first half as Baylor climbed to a 34-12 halftime cushion.


Upshaw knocked down several threes and was active on defense blocking shots and snatching boards. His stock is rising quickly.


Steadman Ford (Notre Dame) scored 13 to lead the Fighting Irish.



Tyner Academy 56

Ooltewah 51

Trey Suttles (Tyner Academy) was a machine on the interior squashing every Ooltewah run and finally lifting the Rams to a 56-51 victory in the nightcap and final game of the day at the Best of Preps Tourney at CSAS.


The Owl led at the half and after three by the narrowest of margins and saw the lead slipping away before Mycheal Creech (Ooltewah) brought the capacity crowd to their feet with a breakaway slam to push the Owls to within a point at 52-51.  


Suttles, who would finish with a game high 19 points, converted a tough reverse lay-in and the Rams held on from that point.


Andre Moton (Ooltewah) led the Owls with 18 points and senior Jervon Johnson (Ooltewah) finished with 10 markers.

My Mr. Basketball Ballot


Here is my ballot for the 2011-2012 Mr. Basketball selections.

Class A

Martavious Newby (BTW)

Rafeal Tyler (Lake County)

Cannon Rhodes (Perry County)

Class AA

Craig Bradshaw (CPA)

Montrae Williams (Spring Hill)

Brandon Cole (Stone Memorial)

Class AAA

Alex Poythress (Northeast)

Anthlon Bell (Bartlett)

Cameron Golden (Ridgeway)

DII/ Class A

John Ross Glover (USJ)

Rob Marberry (FRA)

Burton Sampson (Knoxville Webb)

DII/Class AA

Austin Nichols (Briarcrest)

Corn Elder (Ensworth)

C.J. Reese (McCallie)


Five Pool Winners Highlights Action at the 2012 adidas Invitational


It's been said over and over again this summer, Tennessee is for real and we have the stuff to prove it.

You want pool winner....ok how about Team Nashville, Team Thad, the Chattanooga Raging Storm, the Memphis Phenoms and the Memphis Magic Elite.

The adidas Invitational has been a Tennessee showcase thus far and hopefully the best is yet to come as the bracket heats up on Saturday.

Team Nashville

Cornelius Elder (Ensworth) is again wowing the folks with his play and his leadership skill have Team Nashville at 4-0 after winning their pool and then disposing of the South Carolina Raptors in the first round of the Platinum playoffs.

Depth and unselfish play have staples for Team Nashville all summer long and this weekend has been more of the same. Darius Thompson (Blackman) is turning mid-major heads all over the Southeast as is Josh Phillips (PJPII), Jamonte Davis (Hillsboro), Asa Duvall (Brentwood), Jamonte Graham (Father Ryan) and Matt Pond (Centennial).

Team Nashville will battle the upstart Chattanooga Raging Storm tomorrow in bracket action. I guess the tournament folks figure the only way we can eliminate the Tennessee folks is let them beat on each other.

Memphis Magic Elite

3-0 with a couple of big pool play wins including one over the Atlanta Celtics. The Magic have welcomed the addition of scoring point guard K.C. Godwin (Melrose) to the fold. Godwin is scoring at a high clip and giving the team some much need point guard play. Scoring from the wing Jonathan Burroughs-Cook (Ridgeway) and Matthew Butler (Memphis East), while inside the duo of Jovantae Waldon (Oakhaven) and Lavonte Waldon (Oakhaven) are keeping it real on the boards.

The Magic will take on the Minnesota Pump and Run tomorrow in bracket action.

Team Thad

3-0 in pool play and a date with the Louisiana Dynasty in the first round of bracket play is exciting for this first year marvel. Jonathan Starks (Munford) has played well scoring and keep the peace while scoring threats such as Ryhan Townes (Arlington) and Demetrius Dyson (Melrose) give the opponents a myriad of things to worry about. Mike Matlock (Melrose) has been exceptional inside while solid play from Peyton Husley (Southwind), Greg Pryor (Ridgeway) and Marvin Smith (Ridgeway) has these Memphis kids looking to the stars.

Chattanooga Raging Storm

Reggie Upshaw (Baylor) is turning heads my friends and if you have not seen him go get a look quickly. How does a huge helping of 24 points, 20 boards, 5 assists and 5 blocks grab you? The Chattanooga Raging Storm is for real. 3-0 in pool then a big win over the Houston Hoop Stars in platinum bracket action has the boys from Chatt ready for their huge showdown with Team Nashville tomorrow. D.J. Bowles (Cleveland) and Steadman Ford (Notre Dame) have been solid as the Storm glide along and advance in bracket action.

Memphis Phenoms

3-0 in pool action and a slick bracket win over the Shining Stars has the Memphis Phenoms ready to kick it in the second round of platinum bracket action against The ‘Ville tomorrow.

Tadarious Neely (Trezevant) and Terry Winn (Louisiana) have been twin terrors on the hardwood while solid guard play and scoring from Donovan Spralls (Braircrest Christian) has the Phenoms right where they wish to be.

Tennessee Tigers

JaQuan Lewis (Dickson County) was his outstanding self as the Tennessee Tigers fought for a 3rd place bracket finish then lost a heartbreaker to TNBA in the silver bracket playoffs. Lewis, who busted for 30 points and 10 dimes in one pool game effort, was assisted along by solid efforts from the likes of C.J. McEwen (Mt. Juliet), Kessler Bell (FRA), Mason Ramsey (Livingston Academy), Tyler Spicer (Dickson County), Gunnar Miller (Davidson Academy), Bryce Copeland (Bradley Central) and Austin Howard (Giles County).

Tennessee Chosen Few-Black

The TCF finished second in their pool but fell in gold bracket action this evening. Brandon Walters (Howard), Devin Schmidt (Sevier County), Dejon McGill (Austin East), Stetson Moore (Knoxville Halls), Will Adams (Science Hill) and Jaylen Allen (North Carolina) all played well enough to turn the heads of some of the coaches in attendance.

Tennessee Chosen Few-Red

The Red finished at 0-3 in pool action then fell to the Minnesota Heat in bronze playoff action.

Nashville Celtics

Playing undermanned the Celtics played hard but the Super Pool lineup was tough as they fell to 0-3 in pool play action. A.J. Merriweather (Jackson Southside) played very well during the weekend and made his presence felt. Josh Williams (Mississippi) also gave effort and provided buckets for the Celtics.