Day two of the 2010 Tennessee State Tournament started out with a resounding bang for the Panthers of Maplewood.
Robert Wade (Maplewood) scored 18 points and led four double digit scorers as Maplewood bested Carter 84-63 to advance to the semi-final round to tangle with traditional state representative Liberty Tech.
Joining Wade in the scoring column for the Panthers were Jaleel Querry (Maplewood) with 13, Darryl Clack (Maplewood) added 12 and senior point guard Fred Lee (Maplewood) finished with 10. The Panthers shot 63% from the floor for the game.
Lester Wilson (Carter) led all scorers with 25 points and grabbed 10 boards for Carter. Braylen Bennett (Carter) and Zach Ballinger (Carter) finished with 16 and 10 respectively.
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Tarius Johnson (Liberty Tech) scored 16 points and snatched 11 boards leading the Crusaders to a 60-50 victory over Chattanooga Howard.
Liberty cruised to a large lead in the first half but a valiant Howard effort led by senior guard Chris Deloney (Howard), who would finish with 12 points to leading the Hustlin' Tigers, brought them within striking distance.
DeAndre Barnette (Liberty Tech) added 16 points of his own to supplement the sterling effort of Johnson, while senior guard Cordero Williams (Liberty Tech) finished with 15.
Liberty Tech moves into the semi-final round on Friday against Maplewood.