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by Andre Whitehead

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Ross is Boss….Chattanooga Senior Cracks Rocky Top Scoring Mark


Week #2 at the Cleveland Rocky Top League saw a record breaking performance and some close action.



Syracuse 65

Marquette 59

Rondez Mee (Cleveland) scored 9 points in the fourth quarter of a close contest leading Syracuse past a determined Marquette squad 65-59. The game was a battle between Mee, who would finish with a game high 26 points and rising sophomore Jamal Worthington (Bledsoe County) who finished with 20.


Wesley Ritchie (Ooltewah) and Trey Suttles (Red Bank) finished with 12 and 10 points respectively in the winning effort.


Cameron Colverd (Bledsoe County) had 16 for Marquette.



Louisville 76

UConn 56

Balanced scoring proved to be the recipe as Louisville crept out to a 26-12 lead in the first half and finished off UConn 76-56. Levi Woods (Meigs County) led Louisville with 16 points but was closely followed in the scoring column by Darien Johnson (Bradley Central) with 14 and Gerardo Contreras (Bradley Central) with 12 points.


Mack Singh (Rhea County) led UConn with 11 points, rising freshman Kendrick Thompson (Cleveland) chipped in with 10.



Tennessee 87

Auburn 50

Nick Ross (Red Bank) smashed the all-time Rocky Top High School record dropping 51 points and leading his Tennessee team to an easy 87-50 victory over Auburn.


Ross came out on fire scoring the first 14 points of the game and ending the first half with 26. He was remarkable consistent scoring 25 in the final stanza.


D.J. Bowles (Notre Dame) led Auburn with 16 points. Damir Hasanbegovic (Ooltewah) added 12 in the loss.


Rondez Robinson (Cleveland) added 14 points for Tennessee in the win.




Vanderbilt 82

Florida 67

Hunter Chastain (Bradley Central) and Tevin Rutledge (Cleveland) scored 22 and 20 points respectively leading a very balanced Vanderbilt scoring effort in an 82-67 victory.


Vandy jumped out 17-7 and never looked back. Jervon Johnson (Ooltewah) played an outstanding game finishing with 18 markers and Stephen Record (Grace Baptist) added 10 points in the victory.


Logan Brewer (Polk County) and Preston Russell (Tellico Plains) each scored 11 points for Florida in the loss. Cory Smith (McMinn Central) chipped in with 10.

“The Butcher” Shines in Week #2 Rocky Top Action


Team Pierson 87

Union County 68

Lester "The Action Figure" Wilson (Carter) scored 24 points as Team Pierson (2-0) moved past Union County (0-2) 87-68 in Week #2 opening round action of the Pilot Rocky Top High School Fall League. Marcus Stanford (Knoxville Central) added 16 points for his squad while "My Man" Otis Littlejohn (Knoxville West) finished with 12.


Chase Buckner (Union County) had an outstanding effort finishing with 17 points. Brad Baker (Union County) and Preston Moore (Knoxville Halls) added 12 and 11 respectively.



Team Nabors 57

Team Lee 55

 Chad Nabors (Knoxville Webb) drained a foul shot with little time remaining lifting Team Nabors (1-1) to a hard fought 57-55 win over a scrappy Team Lee. Zach Stinnett (Maryville) led Team Nabors with 13 points while Burton Sampson (Knoxville Webb) added 10.


Lucas Branch (Knoxville Catholic) led Team Lee with 12 points. Matt Cox (Knoxville Catholic) and Dalton Keck (CAK) finished with 11 and 10 respectively.



Team Kimber 61

Blount County 47

Brandon Lopez (Austin East) scored a game high 23 points and helped keep Team Kimber unbeaten with a 61-47 victory over a tough Blount County squad. The score was not indicative of the game with Kimber holding a narrow 28-24 advantage at the break.


Jaylen Allen (Science Hill) finished with 19 for the winners.


Matt Shown (Alcoa) continued his fine play in the fall league leading Blount County with 13 big points.



Tri-Cities 75

Cumberland/Roane County 56

Tri-Cities pushed their record to 2-0 and placed four players in double digits as the pushed past Cumberland County 75-56. Dustin Clarke (North Carolina) and Zach Garland (David Crockett) finished with 15 points apiece.


Logan Lyle (Unicoi County) and Zach Howard (Science Hill) added 13 each for the victors.


Cory Billingsley (Sweetwater) led all scorers with 20 points in the hard fought loss. Blake Rowan (Stone Memorial) added 14 and Jethro Griffin (Sequoyah) finished with 10.



Anderson County 62

Team Naler 57

Alan Holt (Anderson County) drained a three to take a late lead and foul shots from Tyler King (Scott) sealed the win as Anderson County (1-1) slipped past Team Naler 62-57.


Ross Cannon (Anderson County) led the scoring for the victors with 12. Jon McCroskey (Gatlinburg-Pittman) added 10 in the win.


Galen Campbell (Fulton) did all he could dropping 30 points in the tough loss. Jaeland Lawson (Fulton) added 10.



Sevier County 63

Team Johnson 57

Morrease "The Butcher" Barber (Gatlinburg-Pittman) scored 20 points and his partner in crime Jose Agosto (Gatlinburg-Pittman) added 14 leading Sevier County past Team Johnson 63-57 in one of the days hottest games.


Phillip "Tookie" Stanford (Knoxville West) scored 17 for Team Johnson and was joined in the scoring column by DeQuan Wright (Bearden) and Carson Brooks (Knoxville West).

D.J. Bowles Them Over in Cleveland Rocky Top Openers


Action tipped off in Cleveland this past Saturday for the inaugural Pilot Cleveland Rocky Top High School Fall League.



Vanderbilt 67

Tennessee 52

Tevin Rutledge (Cleveland) led a balanced scoring effort in the opening game of the Cleveland Rocky Top Fall League leading his Vanderbilt squad past Tennessee 67-52.

Rutledge was joined in the scoring column by Hunter Chastain (Bradley Central) with 14 and Jervon Johnson (Ooltewah) and Stephen Record (Grace Baptist) with 12 and 10 respectively.


Nick Ross (Red Bank) led all scorers with 22 points in the losing effort. Jared Rhodes (Cleveland) added 10.



Auburn 94

Florida 60

D.J. Bowles (Notre Dame) started early and gave late scoring majority of his 23 points in the first half then dishing double digit assists in the second stanza leading Auburn to a 94-60 chomping of Florida.


Stevie Sharp (Rhea County), who scored 20 and Andrew Eastman (Rhea County), who added 19, were on the receiving end of many of those Bowles passes, while Josh Coleman (Rhea County) finished with 10 points mostly on tough offensive rebounds and put backs.


Cory Smith (McMinn Central) was the high scorer for Florida with 15 points. Logan Brewer (Polk County) finished with a double/double scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 boards. Tim Webb (McMinn Central) added 10 in the loss.



UConn 63

Syracuse 58

In the day's only contested game, Kendrick Thompson (Cleveland) scored 19 points and Hunter Daniels (Rhea County) added 16 as UConn slipped past Syracuse.


Daniels was big on the glass as well grabbing double digit caroms. Brett Barton (Cleveland) added 13 points while Bradley Ward (McMinn Central) finished with 10.


Rondez Mee (Cleveland) finished as the days top scorer with 26 points in the losing effort. Rising freshman Luke Matthews (Stone Memorial) added 14 points and Marcus Stevenson (Meigs County) finished with 11 points.



Louisville 72

Marquette 49

Max Miller (McMinn Central) and Drew Zaleta (Walker Valley) scored 23 and 21 points respectively leading Louisville to a 72-49 victory over Marquette.


Tyler Skidmore (Meigs County) scored 15 in the loss.


Rocky Top Opens with Several Close Wins


Team Johnson 81

Team Nabors 79

Andy Barnette (Pigeon Forge) knocked down multiple threes and Will Winton (Bearden) scored 23 points as Team Johnson slipped past Team Nabors on day one of the Pilot Rocky Top High School Fall League. DeQuan Wright (Bearden) added 14 points in the win and Phillip Stanford (Knoxville West) and Spencer Peake (Bearden) finished with 11 and 10 respectively for the victors.


Rico White (Bearden) led Team Nabors with 22 marker including two late threes as they closed the gap but simply ran out of game time to pull off the victory. JuJuan Williams (Knoxville West) added 14 in the loss. Burton Sampson (Knoxville Webb) was solid for Team Nabors with 11.



Blount County 57

Union County 42

Cody Malicotte (Jellico) dropped 16 points and Alex Tipton (Maryville) contributed 10 as Blount County survived a furious Union County comeback to slink away with the 57-42 win.


Phillip Cox (Union County) played outstanding in the comeback leading Union County with 15 markers. Stetson Moore (Knoxville Halls) added 10 in the loss.


Matt Shown (Alcoa) played an outstanding game for Blount County scoring 9 points and snatching double digit caroms.



Cumberland/Roane County 69

Sevier County 51

Brock Rowan (Stone Memorial) burned the twine for 21 points as the Cumberland/Roane County squad got past Sevier County 69-51. Jethro Griffin (Sequoyah) played an outstanding game for the victors scoring 17 points in the win.


Jose Agosto (Gatlinburg-Pittman) led Sevier County with 17 points while Morrease "The Butcher" Barber (Gatlinburg-Pittman) and Davis Soehn (Gatlinburg-Pittman) finished with 11 and 10 for Sevier.



Team Kimber 62

Team Naler 55

Jaylen Allen (Science Hill) scored 24 points and Shannon Hale (Science Hill) added 13 leading Team Kimber past Team Naler 62-55 in tight Rocky Top action. Allen and Galen Campbell (Fulton), who also finished with 24 points, went head to head majority of the game in a battle of two of the best backcourt players in East Tennessee.


Brandon Lopez (Austin East) scored 10 in the win.



Tri-Cities 72

Team Lee 55

Dustin Clarke (North Carolina) and Logan Lyle (Unicoi County) dropped 18 and 16 points respectively leading the Tri-Cities squad past Team Lee 72-55.


Lyle was outstanding on both ends of the floor blocking seven shots.


Lucas Branch (Knoxville Catholic) led Team Lee with 14 points and Taylor Diegel (Farragut) finished with 10.



Team Pierson 59

Anderson County 56

Lester "The Action Figure" Wilson (Carter) was the days high scorer dropping 27 points as Team Pierson survived a late Anderson County rally 59-56 in the day's final contest.


Lonnie McClanahan (Oak Ridge) led Anderson County with 17 points while Alan Holt (Anderson County) added 16 markers in the tough loss.


Drew Standifer (Bearden) was a catalyst for Team Pierson the entire day. He only managed 6 points but his block with less than a minute remained squashed an Anderson County rally and game his squad possession in the most crucial spot of the game.


Matt Queener (Fulton) and Sabian Smith (Knoxville Central) were lauded for their defensive efforts.

Nashville Fall League All-League Team and Final Scoring Leaders


After days of deliberation we have selected the all-league team for the Tennessee Prep Hoops Nashville Fall League. A panel of four people cast their votes and we have selected a 13 man team with co-MVP.


First we would like to list the top 20 scorers from the league. Players had to play a minimum of four games to qualify for the scoring list.


Anvil Nelson (Brentwood) 29.7

Skylar Sims (CPA) 26.0

Jonathan Fields (White's Creek) 25.6

Jack Montague (Brentwood) 24.4

Keenan Froedden (Sycamore) 22.8

Killen Middleton (MTCS) 20.4

Chris Cox (Big Sandy) 19.6

James Cox (Brentwood) 17.8

Montrae Williams (Spring Hill) 17.2

Andrew Wilson (Brentwood) 16.0

Andy Moore (Ravenwood) 15.4

Jalen Lindsey (CPA) 14.4

Robert Veal (Ravenwood) 14.0

Lee Dreaden (Nashville Christian) 13.4

Kiont Jones (Spring Hill) 12.6

Taylor Akers (CPA) 12.6

Donterio Dansby (Harpeth) 12.3

Dakota Priest (Nashville Christian) 12.0

Jess Morris (Harpeth) 11.2

Ryan Gentle (FRA) 10.2



Tennessee Prep Hoops Nashville Fall League All-League Team

 Anvil Nelson (Brentwood) Co-MVP

Jack Montague (Brentwood) Co-MVP


Taylor Akers (CPA)

Chris Cox (Big Sandy)

James Cox (Brentwood)

Donterio Dansby (Harpeth)

Jonathan Fields (White's Creek)

Keenan Froedden (Sycamore)

Jalen Lindsey (CPA)

Killen Middleton (MTCS)

Andy Moore (Ravenwood)

Skylar Sims (CPA)

Robert Veal (Ravenwood)

Montrae Williams (Spring Hill)

Andrew Wilson (Brentwood)