Great atmosphere and a raucous crowd with hoards more waiting for the opportunity to enter the facility at the Chattanooga Schools for the Arts and Sciences define the scene at the Best of Preps Holiday tourney.
Some of the best schools in the Chattanooga area get together to fight for supremacy and get a leg up on the impending district and region races that mark the calendar after the holidays.
McCallie made a huge splash in their contest with the high scoring Dade County group from nearby Georgia. The Tornado behind four players in double digits led by newcomer C.J. Reese (McCallie) with 26 points blasted the Peach State crew 102-77.
Reese scored all of his points in the second half including a barrage in the fourth quarter as McCallie pulled away.
Cordell James (McCallie) and Chad Lee (McCallie) added 17 points each in the win and sophomore guard Jamal Calvin (McCallie) finished with 15 markers.
Notre Dame 43
Shariff Cobb (CSAS) went huge scoring 26 points as the host Patriots blasted Notre Dame 70-43 after trailing by one at the half. Alex Stallion (CSAS) added 14 points for the victors.
Tyner Academy 43
A pair of Suttles came out on top as the Rams slipped past Baylor in a low scoring affair in the second contest at the Best of Preps tourney in Chattanooga opening round action. Trey Suttles (Tyner Academy) and Dee Suttles (Tyner Academy) both chipped in with 10 points leading the Rams to the close victory.
Gavin Gibson (Baylor) led the Red Raiders with 17 while David Clendenen (Baylor) chipped in with 14 points.
Red Bank 66
The Lions got 26 points from senior guard Kelvin Clay (Red Bank) and knocked off the previously unbeaten Owls of Ooltewah 66-62 in the final opening round game at the Best of Preps tourney in Chattanooga.
The Owls opened the game hot starting a 9-0 run before the Lions roared on an 18-2 run to take the lead at 18-11 early in the second quarter.
Red Bank took a 37-28 lead into the half but a furious Ooltewah rally led by some serious shooting from Wesley Richey (Ooltewah) and Jervon Johnson (Ooltewah) gave the Owls the lead after three at 56-51.
Clay took things over in the fourth with some help from fellow senior Nick Ross (Red Bank) and junior guard Derrick Ashley (Red Bank).
Ashley finished with 17 and Ross added 13 in the win.
Richey led the Owls with 18 and Johnson finished with 17.
I want to thank the staff at CSAS for their hospitality and for putting on such a wonderful event.