Memphis East Brings Home the Gold Ball…..Poythress Snares Mr. Basketball Award


Two teams from the same district meeting for the fourth time on the season is the stuff sports movies are usually made of.

Memphis East and Memphis Central proudly represent District 16AAA and have done so all season.

In the two regular season match-ups only a handful of points sperated the outcomes including an overtime affair and in the region final a last second shot was the deciding bucket.

Matthew Butler (Memphis East) and Nick King (Memphis East) scored 20 and 19 points respectively leading Memphis East to their first state championship since 1996 as the Mustangs galloped past Memphis Central 71-61.

King who was impressive the entire tournament garnered MVP honors for his efforts.

Earvin Morris (Memphis East) had another outstanding game in the win scoring 16 points and grabbing a team high 10 rebounds.

Andre Applewhite (Memphis Central) concluded what was simply an outstanding playoff run with a game high 26 points and 13 caroms. The senior made himself a bonafide high level prospect with his improved and continued effort.

Frank Herron (Memphis Central) pitched in 10 points in the tough loss.

Joining King on the All-Tournament team were Applewhite, Morris, Butler, Daijon Williams (Clarksville), Anthony Hightower (Clarksville), C.J. Good (Science Hill), Zach Howard (Science Hill), Myron Johnson (Memphis Central) and D'Arrius Sorrell (Memphis Central).

Alex Poythress (Northeast) put the final stamp on his illustrious career by garnering the coveted Class AAA Mr. Basketball award. The Kentucky signee and McDonald's All-American participant was named the winner over his fellow candidates Cameron Golden (Ridgeway) and JuJuan Johnson (Southwind).