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by Andre Whitehead

Category: AAU/League News

Barnett Lights it Up as Week #2 of the PRTL is in the Books


Week #2 action at Knoxville Catholic saw some great action as the teams round themselves into shape for the season stretch.


Team Williams 61

Union County 58

Blake Williams (Farragut) dropped a game high 15 markers as Team Williams outlasted a scrappy Union County bunch 61-58 in the opening game of Week #2 at the Pilot Rocky Top High School Fall League moving their season record to 1-1.  


Joining Williams in the scoring column were high school mate Preston Spaulding (Farragut) with 10 and newcomer Omar Watson (Alcoa) who chipped in with 9 points.


Stetson Moore (Knoxville Halls) led Union County (0-2) with 12 points, while newcomer Sherrius Smith (Hardin Valley) added 11 in the tough loss.



Team Lee 67

Team Kimber 56

Team Lee moved their season mark to 2-0 with a tough 67-56 victory over Team Kimber. Drew Standifer (Bearden) was a man among boys finishing with 15 points in the win.


Sam Greene (Bearden) added 12 points in the win and Oterriah Lee (CAK) finished with 9 markers in the win.


Daijon McGill (Austin East) made his league debut scoring a team high 13 points for Team Kimber, who fell to 0-2 on the young season. Isaac Merion (Oak Ridge) and Jeromy Hill (Fulton) added 10 points each in the loss.




Team Nabors 49

Blount County 47

Two of the leagues top squads faced off for an early season showdown and Team Nabors with the definition of balanced scoring scored the 49-47 victory over a very good Blount County squad.


Chad Nabors (Knoxville Webb) was the lone member of the double digit club but his teammates played together and moved their season record to 2-0. Isaiah Hicks (Bearden) finished with 9 points in the tough victory.


Matt Shown (Alcoa) took a pop to the eye but the Blount County strongman was simply a beast on the court finishing with a game high 20 points in the very close loss. Blount County drops to 1-1.


Tri-Cities 67

Cumberland/Roane County 64

Jaren Stewart (Cocke County) scored a game high 17 points as the defending league champions Tri-Cities gathered their first win with a 67-64 edging of the Cumberland/Roane County squad.


Stewart was assisted in the scorebook by Zach Howard (Science Hill), who added 12 and Ryan Gaither (Daniel Boone) who added 10 in the win. The victory moves Tri-Cities to 1-1 on the young season.


Cleveland Davidson (Rockwood) led the Cumberland/Roane squad with 12 points, Xavier Howard (Harriman) and Brock Rowan (Stone Memorial) added 10 points each in the tough loss.



Sevier County 64

Team Naler 54

Andy Barnett (Pigeon Forge) continues to light up the scoreboard with his long range shooting, the rising senior dropped 19 points and helped lead his Sevier County bunch to a 64-54 win over Team Naler.


The victory moves Sevier County to 2-0 in league play. Barnett led a plethora of big scoring efforts for Sevier County with John Lavin (Seymour) adding 13, Peyton Lee (Seymour) and Brandon Stewart (Gatlinburg-Pittman) chipped in with 11 points each and Davis Soehn (Gatlinburg-Pittman) adding a 10 spot.


Tevin Gunn (Hardin Valley) finished with 13 points for Team Naler while Sabian Smith (Knoxville Central) added 10 in the loss.



Team Jackson 66

Anderson County 64

Another big battle among two of the leagues top squads, Team Jackson outlasted a huge Anderson County comeback and survived 66-64 in the day's final contest. The win moves Team Jackson to 2-0.


Brandon Crabtree (Scott) was big for Team Jackson scoring a game high 20 points while the Knoxville West trio of Calvin Walker (Knoxville West), Carson Brooks (Knoxville West) and Osmond Robinson (Knoxville West) scored 17, 12 and 10 respectively in the victory.


Cory Fagan (Oak Ridge) led Anderson County with 17 markers he was followed closely by Tyler King (Scott) with 16 points. Spencer Shoffner (Oak Ridge) added 11 in the tough loss.



Top 10 Scorers for Week #2:

Brandon Crabtree (Scott) 20pts

Matt Shown (Alcoa) 20pts

Andy Barnett (Pigeon Forge) 19pts

Cory Fagan (Oak Ridge) 17pts

Jaren Stewart (Cocke County) 17pts

Calvin Walker (Knoxville West) 17pts

Tyler King (Scott) 16pts

Drew Standifer (Bearden) 15pts

Blake Williams (Farragut) 15pts

Tevin Gunn (Hardin Valley) 13pts

John Lavin (Seymour) 13pts

Daijon McGill (Austin East) 13pts


Week #3 Schedule (@Alcoa High School)

9:00 Team Kimber (0-2) vs. Anderson County (1-1)

10:00 Sevier County (2-0) vs. Union County (0-2)

11:00 Cumberland/Roane County (0-2) vs. Team Lee (2-0)

12:00 Blount County (1-1) vs. Team Naler (0-2)

1:00 Tri-Cities (1-1) vs. Team Jackson (2-0)

2:00 Team Nabors (2-0) vs. Team Williams (1-1)


Calvin Tops All Scorers at Rocky Top Cleveland Opening Day


Week #1 of the Rocky Top High School Fall League in Cleveland tipped off with some outstanding performances. Let's get to the action.


Florida 86

Tennessee 66

Bradley McCurdy (Bradley Central) and Steadman Ford (Notre Dame) dropped 24 and 15 respectively as Florida defeated Tennessee 86-66 in the opening game of the league. McCurdy was deadly from deep and Ford made sure the ball go to his hot shooter on many an occasion, Taylor Hawkins (Sequoyah) chipped in with 12 in the victory for Florida.

Antonio Jackson (Ooltewah) led Tennessee with 18 followed closely by Austin Harwood (Walker Valley) with 12.


UConn 91

Marquette 83

Balanced scoring was the key as three UConn balers dropped 16 and another found time to score 15 as UConn bested a stubborn and tough Marquette squad 91-83. Daniel Brooks (Georgia), D'Monta Smith (Hixson) and Rokas Paulauskas (Hamilton Heights) all scored 16 for the winners. Kendrick Thompson (Cleveland) managed 15 and teammate Dustin Little (Cleveland) added 10 in the victory.

The score offset an outstanding performance from Jamaal Calvin (McCallie) who led all scorers with 26 markers on the afternoon. Dominic Powell (East Hamilton) and Mason Brown (Cleveland) dangled 12 and 10 respectively.


Auburn 67

Vanderbilt 65

Jemicah Bowman (Tyner Academy) dropped 21 points and Auburn slid past a determined Vanderbilt squad 67-65 in what would prove to be one of the best games of the day. Bowman had plenty of help in the scoring column as Sadik Spence (Tyner Academy) and Levi Woods (Meigs County) each netted 13 in the victory.

Jahmal Johnson (Cleveland) led Vanderbilt with 17 points followed closely by Lannom Sowell (Signal Mountain) with 12 and teammate B.J. Wilkerson (Signal Mountain) with 10.


Syracuse 100

Louisville 84

In the final contest of the day a host of players unable to attend day one left Syracuse short but with several pick-ups the games went on. Ben Snider (Ooltewah) led the ‘Cuse with 21 points. Miles Cothran (Ooltewah) and Tyler Steinmetz (Oakdale) added 9 and 8 respectively.

Jorden Williams (McCallie) led all scorers with 25 in the game. Alex Watkins (Tyner Academy) chipped in with 14, Marquis Tipton (Brainerd) added 13, Justus McMillan (Boyd Buchanan) netted 12 and Austin Walker (Boyd Buchanan) finished with 10.


Top Scoring Efforts: (Week #1)

Jamaal Calvin (McCallie) 26pts

Jorden Williams (McCallie) 25pts

Bradley McCurdy (Bradley Central) 24pts

Jemicah Bowman (Tyner Academy) 21pts

Ben Snider (Ooltewah) 21pts

Antonio Jackson (Ooltewah) 18pts

Jahmal Johnson (Cleveland) 17pts

Daniel Brooks (Gordon Lee) 16pts

Rokas Paulauskas (Hamilton Heights) 16pts

D'Monta Smith (Hixson) 16pts

Steadman Ford (Notre Dame) 15pts

Kendrick Thompson (Cleveland) 15pts


Week#2 Schedule

9:00 Syracuse vs. UConn

10:00 Auburn vs. Florida

11:00 Louisville vs. Marquette

12:00 Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt


See everyone on Saturday.