Extensive coverage of
Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Category: AAU/League News

Nashville Fall League Starts with a Bang

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The Tennessee Prep Hoops Nashville Fall League got off to a rousing start with some barnburners and some standout performances.

 

 

Vanderbilt 76

Tennessee 74

Vanderbilt, behind 19 markers from Hunter Culp (Camden Central), scored at the buzzer to slip past Tennessee 76-74 in the opening game of the Tennessee Prep Hoops Nashville Fall League.

 

Balanced scoring carried Vanderbilt with Culp leading the way. He was joined in the scoring column by Bubba Clifton (Summertown) with 14 points and a dazzling 12 assists.

 

Will Gilbert (CPA) also pitched in 14 markers, while Ricky Bowser (Franklin Classical) finished with 12 points and Cole Harrison (BGA) added 10.

 

Andy Moore (Ravenwood) led Tennessee with 18 points, while Billy Hughes (Hunter's Lane) chipped in with 15 markers and Tyree Nightingale (East Literature) and Caleb Chowbay (Mt. Juliet) added 13 and 12 respectively.

 

 

Florida 82

Kentucky 67

Jack "The Natural" Montague (Brentwood) and Leroy Jefferson (Blackman) each dropped 19 markers as Florida came out strong with five players in double digits for an 82-67 victory over Kentucky.

 

The balance counteracted a big performance from Ross Welch (USN) who banged out 27 points to lead all scorers.

 

Terrence Dixon (LaVergne) added 15 for the winners and Kyle Carter (LaVergne) chipped in with 12.

 

Robert Veal (Ravenwood) added 10 for Kentucky.

 

 

 

LSU 94

Wake Forest 81

Craig "The Professor" Bradshaw (CPA) made his Fall League debut a special one scoring 41 points and lifting LSU to a 94-81 victory over a tough Wake Forest squad.

 

Bradshaw was joined in the score sheets by Chase Argo (Lancaster Christian) with 25 points and Marcus Graves (Ravenwood) with 15 points.

 

Christopher Stadnick (Ravenwood) added 10 for the winners.

 

The loss offset the scoring exploits of Christian Haile (Shelbyville) and Will Downey (Ensworth) who finished with 35 and 29 points respectively for Wake Forest.

 

 

 

Clemson 96

Duke 53

Clemson placed five players in double digits and overwhelmed Duke with a 96-53 win on Saturday.

 

Rising freshman Jalen Lindsey (CPA) led all scorers with 27 points for Clemson.

 

Balance rules as Matt Smith (Liberty Tech) added 18, Derrick Hankins (Cumberland County) added 17, Alex Thomas (Ensworth) contributed 14 and likewise for Connor Brandon (Wilson Central).

Keenan Froedden (Sycamore) had a bushel of assists for the winners.

DeBrell McLemore (Franklin) led Duke with 19 points, while Matthew Hailey (Ravenwood) finished with 11.

 

 

 

North Carolina 78

Georgia Tech 53

Thomas Richard (CPA) scored 25 points and Denzel Clark (White's Creek) added 20 as North Carolina closed the day's events with a 78-53 win over Georgia Tech.

 

Balanced scoring seemed to be the order of the day for most of the winners as Malcolm Smith (Clarksville Academy) added 14 and Micah Farmer (MTCS) finished with 10 points.

Cole Robinson (Blackman) led Tech with 15 points; he was joined in the books by Kiont Jones (Spring Hill) with 12 and Nick Walker (Nashville Christian) with 11.  

Zaleta Leads Louisville to Cleveland Rocky Top Championship

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The final week of action in the regular season saw some exciting action with Louisville winning the championship in a tough tussle with Vanderbilt.

 

We will choose the 20 players who will represent the Cleveland Rocky Top League this evening and let every one know by email if they have been selected for the squad and what you availability for the games next Saturday at Maryville College will be.

 

The Cleveland squad will play at 11 and 12.

 

I will also update the final scoring leaders and choose the all-league squad for the league.

 

 

Marquette 92

Florida 77

Tyler Skidmore (Meigs County) popped the twine for 23 points and Jamal Worthington (Bledsoe County) banged 12 points in the final stanza to finish with 18 and help lead Marquette to a big 92-77 victory over Florida in the fourth place game at the Cleveland Rocky Top League.

 

Skidmore also dropped 10 in the final half thwarting a big effort from Preston Russell (Tellico Plains) who did his best to bring Florida back with double digits in the second half. Russell finished with 23 to lead the way for Florida.

 

Cameron Colverd (Bledsoe County) and Carter Clark (Rhea County) finished with17 and 16 respectively for Marquette in the win.

 

Robert Vandervolt (Tellico Plains) scored 19 points and was joined in the Florida books by Tim Webb (McMinn Central) who added 15 in the loss.

 

 

UConn 67

Auburn 64

D.J. Bowles (Cleveland) missed a game tying three at the buzzer and UConn escaped with a 67-64 win over Auburn to capture third place at the Cleveland Rocky Top League.

 

Bowles, who finished with 22 points, did all he could to lead his squad back but came up short on his last second effort.

 

Brett Barton (Cleveland) was the young man in charge, scoring 13 points in the final half and finishing with a game high 24 points for UConn.

 

"Big" Mack Singh (Rhea County) added 17 points and Hunter Daniels (Rhea County) finished with 14 points in the win.

 

Stevie Sharp (Rhea County) added 11 for Auburn.  

 

 

Tennessee 87

Syracuse 70

Nick Ross (Red Bank) continued his dominance of the Cleveland Rocky Top League netting 38 points and walking away with the MVP as Tennessee bested Syracuse 87-70 to capture second place in the final standings.

 

Ross finished with 8 three's and after Rondez Mee (Cleveland), who finished with 22 points, helped cut the lead to single digits, the aforementioned Ross, simply said "Not on my watch" and drained a final deep shot to end the threat.

 

Nick Ellis (Notre Dame) added 12 points for Tennessee in the win.

 

 

 

 

 

Louisville 65

Vanderbilt 48

Drew Zaleta (Walker Valley) provided the offense with 26 markers and Darien Johnson (Bradley Central) was the heart and soul as Louisville, playing as a team like they have done all season, overcame a late Vanderbilt push to take the crown as the first champion of the Cleveland Rocky Top League.

 

Tevin Rutledge (Cleveland) made a big push for Vanderbilt in the third cutting a 20 point halftime deficit to 10, but the overall fundamental style of the Louisville squad proved to be too much in the end.

 

Levi Woods (Meigs County) finished with 12 points in the win.

 

Hunter Chastain (Bradley Central) led Vanderbilt with 18 points. Rutledge finished with 13 and Jervon Johnson (Ooltewah) added 11 points.

 

Cannon Explodes as Anderson County Gets Big Win

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Team Lee 69

Team Johnson 67

Matt Cox (Knoxville Catholic) led a band of five players in double digits as Team Lee moved their record to 2-2 with a narrow 69-67 win over Team Johnson.

 

Joey Boedwig (Knoxville Catholic) sank 14 points, Aaron Wheeler (Morristown East) banged home 12 and Lucas Branch (Knoxville Catholic) and Emery Naler (CAK) added 11 each in the tough win.

 

Spencer Peake (Bearden) led the way for Team Johnson with 12 markers. Phillip Stanford (Knoxville West) added 11 and Will Winton (Bearden) finished with 10 points.

 

Team Pierson 77

Blount County 57

Lester "The Action Figure" Wilson (Carter) fresh off a week where he committed to play his college ball at ETSU dropped 36 points and Team Pierson moved past Blount County 77-57.

 

Dre Mattheiu (Knoxville Central) added 14 points and Drew Standifer (Bearden) continued his outstanding play with 10 points.

 

Alex Tipton (Maryville) led Blount County with 14 points, Matt Shown (Alcoa) and T.J. Kimble (Maryville) finished with 11 each.

 

 

Team Nabors 70

Cumberland/Roane County 65

Rico White (Bearden) banged home 17 points leading Team Nabors to a 70-65 win over Cumberland/Roane County.

 

White had the hot hand early and was joined in the scoring column by a host of teammates including JuJuan Williams (Knoxville West) with 13, Tres Palmer (Powell) and Zack Stinnett (Maryville) both with 12 and rising freshman Oteriah Lee (CAK).

Jethro Griffin (Sequoyah) had a nice game finishing with 16 for Cumberland/Roane. Cory Billingsley (Sweetwater), Jordan Huddleston (Kingston) and Ethan Hayes (Anderson County) all finished with 10 points.

 

 

 

Anderson County 87

Team Kimber 75

Ross Cannon (Anderson County) continued his scoring assault on the Fall League dropping 19 points leading Anderson County to an 87-75 win over previously unbeaten Team Kimber. The win moves Anderson County, Team Kimber and Team Pierson into a three way tie for first with one more week of league action to come.

 

Cannon made room in the scoring column for fellow Maverick Alan Holt (Anderson County) who added 18 points and a pair of Atomic City fellows, Lonnie McClanahan (Oak Ridge) and Tyrece Irons (Oak Ridge) who finished with 15 and 11 respectively.

 

Brandon Lopez (Austin East) led all scorers with 23 points in the tough loss. Jaylen Allen (Science Hill) contributed 19 points and rising sophomore Shannon Hale (Science Hill) added 14.

 

 

 

Tri-Cities 83

Sevier County 62

Logan Lyle (Unicoi County) blistered the twine for a game high 19 points and Tri-Cities rebounded from their first loss to take the division lead with an 83-62 win against a solid Sevier County squad.

 

Dustin Clarke (North Carolina) added 16 points and Jordan Cross (Sullivan East) pitched in with 15 points. Cory Conard (Cosby) added 10 points in the win.

 

Jose Agosto (Gatlinburg-Pittman) led Sevier County with 13 points. Morrease Barber (Gatlinburg-Pittman) finished with 11 points.

 

 

 

 

Team Naler 92

Union County 77

Galen "G-Smoov" Campbell (Fulton) dropped the big 40 as Team Naler captured their second straight win with a 92-77 victory over a battling Union County team.

 

New Falcon teammate Jaeland Lawson (Fulton) had an outstanding game adding 26 points in the win. Kyle Anders (Knoxville Catholic) added 14 in the win.

 

Chase Buckner (Union County) was quietly outstanding scoring 25 points and snatching double digit caroms in the loss.

 

Phillip Cox (Union County) finished with 18 points and Nick Litton (Campbell County) added 17.

Smith Goes For 46, But Ross Snatches Victory in Cleveland Rocky Top Action

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Week #3 saw the games move to the auxiliary gym and some of the best games we've had thus far were on the docket.

 

 

Tennessee 92

Florida 87

Nick Ross (Red Bank) put his stamp on the league scoring lead busting 33 points and helped Tennessee (2-1) to a narrow 92-87 victory over winless Florida, despite 46 big points from rising sophomore Jalen Smith (Rhea County).

Ross was joined in the scoring column by Jared Rhodes (Cleveland) who finished with 25 in the victory.

 

Tim Webb (McMinn Central) added 11 for Florida.

 

 

Syracuse 73

Louisville 68

Wesley Ritchie (Ooltewah) and Rondez Mee (Cleveland) scored 25 and 21 points respectively leading Syracuse to a 73-68 win over previously unbeaten Louisville.

 

The game was a series of huge lead changes and the balanced scoring of the Louisville crew almost kept them unblemished. Drew Zaleta (Walker Valley) led the way with 18 markers, while Darien Johnson (Bradley Central) added 16 points.

 

Miles Morgan (Bradley Central) finished with 12 and rising freshman Levi Woods (Meigs County) added 10 in the close defeat.

 

Despite the loss, Louisville by virtue of point differential, snags the top spot in the West Division and will tangle with unbeaten Vanderbilt this Saturday at Cleveland State.  

 

 

Vanderbilt 66

Auburn 65

Tevin Rutledge (Cleveland) converted an errant inbounds save for a bucket and a foul as Vanderbilt kept its record unscathed with a narrow 66-65 victory over a determined Auburn squad.

 

Jervon Johnson (Ooltewah) led all scorers dropping 29 points for Vanderbilt, Rutledge finished with 21 and Stephen Record (Grace Baptist) added 11 in the win.

 

D.J. Bowles (Notre Dame) was straight up awesome finishing with 26 points on a veritable potpourri of jumpers and tough, contested drives to the glass.

 

Rising sophomore Josh Coleman (Rhea County) finished with 14 points for Auburn.

 

 

 

UConn 72

Marquette 51

Tyler Skidmore (Meigs County) busted the nets for a game high 31 points but it wasn't enough to overcome the four double digit scorers in the UConn lineup as they racked up a 72-51 victory in the days final game.

 

Mack Singh (Rhea County) led the winners with 18 points followed closely by Trey Upton (Cleveland) with 17 markers. Hunter Daniels (Rhea County) and Kendrick Thompson (Cleveland) both finished with 13 points for the winners.

 

Campbell, Allen Highlight Week #3 at PRTL

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Sevier County 85

Team Nabors 79

Jose Agosto (Gatlinburg-Pittman) bagged 24 points and Skylar Brown (Seymour) added 20 as Sevier County scored their second consecutive victory with a 85-79 win over Team Nabors.

 

JuJuan Williams (Knoxville West) led five players in double digits for Team Nabors with 25 points. Oteriah Lee (CAK) and Dion Fair (Bearden) notched 12 apiece and Tucker Parkerson (Lenoir City) ands Tres Palmer (Powell) both added 10.

 

Morrease "The Butcher" Barber (Gatlinburg-Pittman) and Kurt Brooks (Cocke County) added 10 points each in the win.

 

Anderson County 85

Union County 78

Alan Holt (Anderson County) and Ross Cannon (Anderson County) scored 19 and 18 respectively leading Anderson County to a hard fought 85-78 victory over Union County.

 

Anderson County held a substantial lead before Stetson Moore (Knoxville Halls) started bombing away from all corners of the Alcoa High School gym, the slender sophomore finished with a game high 26 points, including six three's.

 

Jon McCroskey (Gatlinburg-Pittman) finished with 12 points for the winners. Ethan Abner (Clinton) added 10.

 

Phillip Cox (Union County) added 17 points in the loss, while Chase Buckner (Union County) and Nick Litton (Campbell County) each added 11 points.

 

 

Team Lee 64

Cumberland/Roane County 58

Emery Naler (Cak) got hot early and continued his torrid pace finishing with a game high 22 points and leading Team Lee to a 64-58 victory over a scrappy Cumberland/Roane County squad.

 

Naler was assisted in the scoring column by rising junior Aaron Wheeler (Morristown East) who finished with 11 points.

 

Cory Billingsley (Sweetwater) led Cumberland/Roane with 14 points, Brock Rowan (Stone Memorial) added 13.

 

 

Team Naler 89

Blount County 68

Galen Campbell (Fulton) obliterated the Pilot Rocky Top High School Fall League scoring record draining 45 points and leading Team Naler to an 89-68 win over Blount County.

 

Campbell came out "en fuego" hitting his first three shots, all of them threes, and never let up.

 

Jaeland Lawson (Fulton) chipped in with 16 points in his best game in the league thus far. Kaseem Davidson (Oak Ridge) and Phillip Stephens (Knoxville Catholic) added 11 and 10 respectively.

 

Cody Malicotte (Jellico) led Blount County with 15 points. Matt Shown (Alcoa) and Landon Hilton (Lenoir City) added 13 points each and Ryan Rice (William Blount) pitched in with 11 in the tough loss.

 

 

 

Team Johnson 77

Tri-Cities 68

Five players dropped double digits, led by Calvin Walker (Knoxville West) with 15, as Team Johnson knocked off Tri-Cities 77-68.

 

Spencer Peake (Bearden) added 13, while Will Winton (Bearden) and Phillip "Tookie" Stanford (Knoxville West) each finished with 12 points in the win. Carson Brooks (Knoxville West) added 10 points and snatched numerous offensive caroms in the crucial ending moments of the contest.

 

Logan Lyle (Unicoi County) finished with 19 points for Tri-Cities, while Dustin Clarke (North Carolina) added 18 points in the loss.

 

Zach Garland (David Crockett) chipped in with 10 in the loss.

 

 

 

 

Team Kimber 59

Team Pierson 53

Jaylen Allen (Science Hill) finished with 28 points and a gaggle of offensive rebounds and put backs helping keep Team Kimber on the unbeaten path as they slipped past Team Pierson 59-53.

 

Allen was always the man in the right place as Team Pierson held an early double digit lead behind some sterling inside/outside play of rising junior Drew Standifer (Bearden).

The 6-5 combo forward was devastating dropping short jumpers, grabbing tough boards and finishing with a two-handed yoke as Team Pierson clung to their lead. Standifer would finish with 14 points.

 

Allen imposed his will late coming up with crucial offensive boards and helping take the lead late and controlling the game from that point.

 

Brandon Lopez (Austin East) finished with 11 points and Shannon Hale (Science Hill) added 10 points in the close victory.

 

Dre Mattheiu (Knoxville Central) added 11 points for Team Pierson.