The first day of the state tourney gave us a drama filled opener, some real success for the city of Chattanooga and a Summertown victory in the barnburner finale.
Marcus Holloway (Manassas) banked a running three pointer and gave the Tigers of Manassas a tight 63-60 victory over the previously unbeaten Vikings. Holloway's heave preceded a magical three from Humboldt senior Rashad Wade that tied the contest at 60.
Kendall Woodard led the Tigers in scoring with 16. Holloway added 15, while Mr. Basketball finalist Reginald Buckner added 14 points,12 caroms and 4 blocks. Sophomore Joseph Northington added 10 for Manassas.
Humboldt's two big guns led the charge in the scorebooks with Tevin Crayton dropping 16 and Charles Taylor adding 12.
Grace Baptist 77
Grace Christian 58
Brandon Herman and Terrell Church scored 25 and 20 respectively and held Grace Christian sharpshooter Ryan Slusher to few opportunities in the second half while leading the Golden Eagles to a 77-58 victory over their sister school from Knoxville.
Slusher was 5-5 in the first half from three before a slight adjustment in the Garce defense limited his second half touches, the lanky senior finished with 18 for the Rams.
Charleston Southern signee Patrick Shaughnessy added 14 in the win.
Grace will now battle Manassas on Friday morning.
Chattanooga made it two for two as the Crusaders got 19 points and 11 boards from senior Mr. Basketball finalist Jeremy Sexton and dispatched of the Highlanders 64-50. James Kemp added 15 for the Crusaders and senior Jarrod Johnson pitched in with 11.
Junior Logan Morgan led the highlnaders with 16 and sophomore Matthew Potter finished with 15.
Temple moves on to tangle with Summertown.
Clarksville Academy 50
Senior leadership appeared to be difference as the Eagles of Summertown behind 21 points from Logan Harville and 16 from senior Mr. Basketball finalist Wes Long got by a talented young Cougar team 53-50.
Sophomore Malcolm Smith was a beast for the Cougars finishing with 24 points and 14 boards.
Bubba Clifton added 13 points and 9 boards for Summertown.