Extensive coverage of
Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: AAU/League News

Super 80 Playoffs Set for Next Week in Memphis

earvinmorris.jpg
 

Week #4 saw some high scoring efforts come to the forefront.

 

Heat 79

Knicks 72

Joseph Williams (Lausanne) scored 18 points and snatched 7 boards leading a group of five Heat players in double digits as they outlasted the Knicks 79-72 in Week #4 action at the Super 80.

 

Williams was joined in the scorebook by Quietin Sawyer (Lausanne) with 17, Donovan Spralls (Briarcrest Christian) added 14, Alex Anderson (Wooddale) chipped in with 12 points and 11 dimes and Tevin Askew (Melrose) added 10.

 

Duante Thomas (FACS) led the Knicks with 18 points in the loss.

 

 

Spurs 61

Grizzlies 58

Marlon Hunter (Melrose) and Robert Houston (Craigmont) scored 17 and 15 points respectively leading the Spurs past the Grizzlies 61-58.

 

Kedren Moore (Melrose) led the Grizzlies with 16, while Kadarrio Fleming (Ridgeway) pitched in with 12 and Damien Wooten (Lausanne) and Tim Sanders (White Station) added 11 in the loss.

 

 

Suns 53

Pacers 46

Chris Jones (Briarcrest Christian) scored 27 points as the Suns clinched the Western Conference championship with a 53-46 victory over the Pacers.

 

Earvin Morris (Memphis East) added 14 points and Marvin Smith (Ridgeway) was big snatching a game high 10 boards in the advancing victory.

 

Mike Matlock (Wooddale) came away with a double/double scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 boards. Alex Mulvihill (St. George's) added 10 points.  

 

 

Thunder 69

Lakers 66

Markel Crawford (Melrose) scored 18 points and Craig Hill (Ridgeway) added 19 as the Thunder overcame a mega-scoring effort from Anthlon Bell (Bartlett) and walked away with a tough 69-66 victory.

 

Bell, who would finish with 30, did all he could to keep the Lakers in the game but fell short at the end. Cameron Golden (Ridgeway) added 16 in the loss.

 

 

Hawks 67

Bulls 58

Jarnell Stokes (Southwind) scored 24 points and Austin Nichols (Braircrest Christian) added 20 as the Hawks clinched a playoff first round bye with a steady 67-58 victory over the Bulls.

 

Andre Applewhite (Memphis Central) had an outstanding game in the loss finishing with 19 points. D'Arius Sorrell (Memphis Central) added 16 in the loss.

 

 

Celtics 59

Magic 56

Jonathan Burroughs (Ridgeway) led all scorers with 22 large lifting the Celtics to the Eastern Conference crown with a tough 59-56 victory over the Magic.

 

Adam Weary (Ridgeway) had a nice game tossing in 11 points.

 

Leron Black (White Station) finished with 21 points in the loss. Matthew Butler (Memphis East) contributed 12 points.

Stokes, Nichols Lead Hawks to Super 80 Week #3 Victory

stokesmvp.jpg
 

Week #3 saw some high scoring efforts come to the forefront.

 

Knicks 68

Bulls 60

DeSean Dockery (Ridgeway) started the day off with a blast dropping 30 points leading the Knicks past the Bulls 68-60 in Super 80 Week #3 action last week.

 

For his efforts Dockery was named the Super 80 Player of the Week.

 

Davell Roby (White Station) and DreSean Looney (Southwind) scored 17 and 14 respectively for the Bulls in the close loss.  

 

 

Suns ??

Grizzlies 46

Earvin Morris (Memphis East) scored a game high 19 points leading the Suns past the Grizzlies. Chris Jones (Briarcrest Christian) added 15 in the victory.

 

Damion Wooten (Lausanne) led the Grizzlies with 16 followed closely by Kadarrio Fleming (Ridgeway) with 12.

 

 

Lakers 74

Pacers 58

Cameron Golden (Ridgeway) continued his torrid scoring pace dropping 29 points and leading the Lakers past the improving Pacers 74-58. Golden has been on a scoring binge the last couple of weeks. Anthlon Bell (Bartlett) added 17 in the tough victory.

 

Jacque Witherspoon (Ridgeway) had a fine effort despite the loss, finishing with 28 points on the afternoon.

 

 

Spurs 52

Thunder 48

The youngsters grew up in this battle as Khalil Spencer (BTW) led a trio of 2015 newbies with 16 points and a 52-48 victory over the Thunder. Spencer was joined in the scoring column by Marlon Hunter (Melrose) with 11 markers and Skal Lavissierre (ECS) with 10.

 

Cameron Payne (Lausanne) led the Thunder with 15, while Craig Hill (Ridgeway) contributed 14 in the loss.

 

 

Celtics 54

Heat 46

Jamal Smith (FACS) led a balanced Celtics attack with 14 points and lifted them to a 54-46 win over the Heat. Smith had plenty of scoring assistance as Adam Weary (Ridgeway) finished with 13 and Jonathan Burroughs (Ridgeway) added a cool 12.

 

Alex Anderson (Wooddale) finished with a game high 16 for the Heat.  

 

 

Hawks 64

Magic 55

Austin Nichols (Briarcrest Christian) and Jarnell Stokes (Southwind) contributed 18 and 17 respectively and overcame a monster 27 point outburst from rising sophomore Leron Black (White Station) leading the Hawks to a hard fought 64-55 victory in the final game of the day at the Super 80.

 

Demarc Richardson (Briarcrest Christian) added 11 in the victory for the Hawks.

 

Matthew Butler (Memphis East) finished with 12 in the close loss.

O’Donahue Makes his Debut as Week #3 of PRTL Cleveland is in the Books

rockytoplogohs.jpg
 

Week #3 had some absenteeism due to the ACT test but everyone rallied to bring home a nice effort.  

 

 

Florida 81

Auburn 56

Florida jumped to 2-1 at the halfway point of the season behind 19 points from Cordell James (McCallie) as they bested Auburn 81-56.

 

James had a few friends join him in the scorebook including Eddie Hitchcock (East Ridge) with 13 and Darien Johnson (Bradley Central) with 12.

 

Jamaal Calvin (McCallie) led Auburn (0-3) with 24 points in the loss. Bradley Ward (McMinn Central) and Shadon Hayes (Hixson) finished with 14 and 12 respectively.  

 

 

Connecticut 88

Syracuse 50

C.J. Reese (McCallie) showed his scoring prowess this week as he dropped 19 and pushed UConn to an 88-50 win over Syracuse. The win moves Connecticut to 2-1 at the halfway mark of the season.

 

A bevy of double digit scorers joined Reese in the scorebook including Hunter Chastain (Bradley Central) with 15, Tyler Peeler (Tellico Plains) added 14, C.J. Fritz (McCallie) with 12, Miles Morgan (Bradley Central with 11 and finally Xavier Cummings (Red Bank) with 10.

 

Justin Ragsdale (Silverdale Academy) led Syracuse with 15 points and Logan Brewer (Polk County) finished with 11 markers. John Hall (Silverdale Academy) and Dalton Kepley (McMinn Central) both finished with 10 points in the loss.

 

 

Vanderbilt 85

Tennessee 67

Alphonzo Cox (East Ridge) went bananas scoring 43 points and helping Vanderbilt stay in the unbeaten ranks with an 85-67 victory over previously unblemished Tennessee.

 

Cox was big on the glass and got a lot of points on second chance putbacks, he was joined in the scoring column by Steadman Ford (Notre Dame) with 12 points and Bradley McCurdy (Cleveland) with 11 markers.

 

D.J. Bowles (Cleveland) was the lone Tennessee player in double digits scoring 24 points.

 

 

Louisville 117

Marquette 106

Players were recruited to fill in spots as both teams were shorthanded. Marquette held a 10 point lead late but a furious Louisville rally gave them the win and moved their season record to 2-1.

 

Jarod Rhodes (Cleveland) led the scoring with 29 points for Louisville. Chris Green (East Ridge) added 26 markers and Demonte Smith (Hixson) finished with 23 in his league debut. Max Miller (McMinn Central) finished with 10.

 

Jaylen Martin (McMinn County) led Marquette (1-2) with 10 points.

 

 

Alabama 92

Villanova 89

Greg Besley (East Ridge) and Jervon Johnson (Ooltewah) notched 28 and 26 points respectively leading Alabama past Villanova in a close contest 92-89.

 

Nick Scott (Georgia) finished with 13 points and Dustin Little (Cleveland) added 10 in the victory.

 

Making his league debut, Terrence O'Donahue (McCallie) finished with 22 points in the loss. Justus McMillan (Boyd Buchanan) took team scoring honors however with a 23 point outburst. Kendrick Thompson (Cleveland) and Isaiah Beatty (Cleveland) added 14 and 13 respectively in the close loss.

 

 

Week #2 Top Scorers

 

Alphonzo Cox (East Ridge) 43pts

Jared Rhodes (Cleveland) 29pts

Greg Besley (East Ridge) 28pts

Chris Green (East Ridge) 26pts

Jervon Johnson (Ooltewah) 26pts

D.J. Bowles (Cleveland) 24pts

Jamaal Calvin (McCallie) 24pts

Justus McMillan (Boyd Buchanan) 23pts

Demonte Smith (Hixson) 23pts

Terrence O'Donahue (McCallie) 22pts

 

Clark Grabs MVP….All-League Teams and Scoring Leaders

denzelclark.jpg
 

With the conclusion of the fall league we have selected our All-League teams and using the criteria to be eligible for selection you were allotted once missed game throughout the league schedule.

Tennessee Prep Hoops Nashville Fall League MVP: Denzel Clark (White's Creek)

All-League 1st Team:

Craig Bradshaw (CPA)

DeBrell McLemore (Franklin)

Jack Montague (Brentwood)

Zavion Williams (West Creek)

Robert Veal (Ravenwood)

All-League 2nd Team:

Will Downey (Ensworth)

Keenan Froedden (Sycamore)

Hunter Culp (Camden Central)

Ross Welch (USN)

Christian Haile (Shelbyville)

All-League 3rd Team:

Kiont Jones (Spring Hill)

Collin McMullin (Harpeth)

David Howard (MBA)

Kyle Weldon (Rossview)

Terrence Dixon (LaVergne)

Honorable Mention:

Billy Hughes (Hunter's Lane)

Jeffrey Carter (Maplewood)

Thomas Richard (CPA)

Connor Brandon (Wilson Central)

Joshua Erickson (DCA)

Derek Hankins (Cumberland County)

Tyree Nightingale (East Literature)

Zach Hodskins (Ravenwood)

Here is the list of the final scoring leaders for the Fall League. The Top 25.

Craig Bradshaw (CPA) 44.5

DeBrell McLemore (Franklin) 31.3

Will Downey (Ensworth) 24.8

Ross Welch (USN) 24.3

Collin McMullin (Harpeth) 20.8

Christian Haile (Shelbyville) 20.2

Hunter Culp (Camden Central) 20.0

Kiont Jones (Spring Hill) 19.6

Keenan Froedden (Sycamore) 19.0

Robert Veal (Ravenwood) 19.0

Jack Montague (Brentwood) 18.5

Zavion Williams (West Creek) 17.7

Billy Hughes (Hunter's Lane) 17.6

David Howard (MBA) 17.3

Denzel Clark (White's Creek) 17.2

Tyree Nightingale (East Literature) 17.0

Derek Hankins (Cumberland County) 16.2

Kyle Weldon (Rossview) 16.0

Thomas Richard (CPA) 15.6

Terrence Dixon (LaVergne) 14.4

Connor Brandon (Wilson Central) 14.2

Jeffrey Carter (Maplewood) 13.8

Josh Erickson (DCA) 13.6

Ricky Bowser (Franklin Classical) 13.3

Zach Hodskins (Ravenwood) 13.2

North Carolina Captures Fall League Championship

nashvillechamps.jpg
 

North Carolina 72

Florida 60

So you think the fall league doesn't mean a lot to the players involved, obviously you were not in attendance on Saturday at CPA for the championship game.

 

North Carolina behind 32 points from Malcolm Smith (Clarksville Academy) overcame a 10 point second half deficit and gatored past Florida for a 72-60 victory and the championships of the Tennessee Prep Hoops Nashville Fall League.

 

Both teams, Florida and North Carolina, came in unbeaten and from the outset it was crystal clear this was going to be a battle.

 

Florida, behind sterling guard play from Jack "The Natural" Montague (Brentwood), Terrence Dixon (LaVergne), Zavion Williams (West Creek) and Kyle Carter (LaVergne) pushed ahead to a 30-27 halftime lead.

 

Kyle Weldon (Rossview) helped Florida run out to a 45-35 lead with three quick buckets including a couple of slams and things were looking bleak for North Carolina.....until Denzel Clark (White's Creek) took it upon himself to straighten things out.

 

The fireplug senior scored a tough and one bucket, banked in a three, converted a tough contact laden lay-in and dished to an open Micah Farmer (MTCS) to knot things up and get Carolina back on its proverbial feet.

 

From there Smith took over physically and a strong second half from Jeffrey Carter (Maplewood), who finished with 12 points, led to the eventual victory.

 

Clark, who finished with 13 points, was selected as league MVP as his team finished unbeaten and his dedication to his craft was impressive.

 

Williams led Florida with 17 points; Montague added 16 and Weldon finished with 10.

 

Members of the winning squad include Smith, Clark, Carter, Farmer, Austin Gee (Ezell Harding) and Thomas Richard (CPA).

 

 

 

 

Kentucky 110

Duke 103

An offensive showcase highlighted the second place contest as Kentucky overcame a 50 point outburst from DeBrell McLemore (Franklin) an outlasted Duke 110-103.

 

Balanced scoring has been the trademark for Kentucky all season and today was no exception with Robert Veal (Ravenwood) leading the way with 29 markers followed closely by Ross Welch (USN) with 28 points and Joshua Erickson (DCA) finishing with 24. Jonathan Swift (Franklin Classical) joined the scoring parade with 14 points for the winners.

 

McLemore was virtually unstoppable in the second half; he finished with 8 three's helping account for his 50 point total. Collin McMullin (Harpeth) continued his high scoring fall league finishing with 30 points.

 

 

 

 

LSU 91

Georgia Tech 68

Craig "The Professor" Bradshaw (CPA) scored 48 points and his running partner Nilan Hodge (USN) added 25 points as LSU exploded to a 91-68 win over Georgia Tech.

 

Kiont Jones (Spring Hill) concluded a fine fall league with 23 points leading the way for Tech. Zach Hodskins (Ravenwood) finished with 16 points, Henry Brooks (McGavock) added 14 and Lee Dreaden (Nashville Christian) added 12 points.

 

 

 

Clemson 96

Vanderbilt 63

You could hear the oohs and the aahs from the crowd in attendance and with every jump shot and rebound it was apparent that the growth of Jalen Lindsey (CPA) was happening right before our eyes. The rising freshman wing scored 32 points and grabbed 21 rebounds leading Clemson past Vanderbilt 96-63.

 

Lindsey was joined in the scoring column by a bevy of teammates including Connor Brandon (Wilson Central) with 23 points, Derrick Hankins (Cumberland County) with 16 markers and Jess Morris (Harpeth) with 10.

 

Ricky Bowser (Franklin Classical) led Vanderbilt with 20 points. Hunter Culp (Camden Central) finished with 19 markers in the loss.

 

 

 

Tennessee 104

Wake Forest 72

Andy Moore (Ravenwood) was flawless from the field missing nary a shot in the second half and the rising junior guard finished with 30 points leading Tennessee to a 104-72 victory over Wake Forest in the days opening game.

 

Joining Moore, Tyree Nightingale (East Literature) and David Howard (MBA) finished with 25 points each in the victory.

 

Billy Hughes (Hunter's Lane) added 18 for Tennessee.

 

Will Downey (Ensworth) concluded a fine fall league with 27 points leading five double digit scorers for Wake Forest.

 

Christian Haile (Shelbyville) added 14, Braxton Bonds (CPA) finished with 11 and Austin Clements (Creek Wood) and Austin Dole (Harpeth) added 10 points apiece.