On Saturday, Maryville College was the place as the 15 and 17 and under AAU Eastern Sub-State took to the floor at the Home of the Scots.
In the 15 and under division, three teams comprised the field and thus only three games were needed to determine the order of finish for the trip to the state.
The Prime Time Elite came away with the top spot defeating the Tennessee Travelers 73-60 in one of the more emotional games of the weekend in either age group.
Jaylin Henderson (Oak Ridge) played very well in his two games scoring 25 points in an opening win over the Tri-Cities Tarheels and leading his squad in scoring with 15 in the win over the Travs.
Vic Wharton (Knoxville Catholic) played very well on both ends of the floor, controlling the tempo and getting his team out in transition. Wharton finished with 13 in the Travelers win after scoring 11 in the earlier contest.
Isaac Edmonson (Maryville) scored 14 markers in the opening win and was consistent in both contests, a solid team effort from the Prime Time Elite as they played with emotion throughout the event. Austin Glasgow (Hardin Valley), Xavier Maddox (Oak Ridge), Charles Mitchell (Carter) and Peyton Wall (Knoxville Catholic) all made major contributions.
Rob Marberry (FRA) was a bright spot for the Travelers scoring 25 points in the loss to Prime Time. Devin Sibley (Karns) added 18 points in the loss as well.
Trevon Fields (Science Hill) led the scoring in the opening game win against the Tarheels with 13, while Clay Leatherwood (Gatlinburg-Pittman) added 12 in the win.
Tyleke Love (Dobyns-Bennett) was a bright spot for the Tri-Cities Tarheels scoring 17 in the opening game and showing some solid skills and athleticism. Calvin Songster (Science Hill) led the scoring with 22 points in the opening game and 14 in the loss to the Travelers.
In the 17 and under division, I was able to see all the teams and some even multiple times during the day.
The Tennessee Tigers won both of their games on Saturday with a solid overall team effort. Ross Welch (USN) had the hot hand in the second game scoring 17 points. New addition Braylen "Vitamin B" Bennett (Carter) seemed to mesh well with his new teammates cracking double digits in the second game with 10 points. Will Downey (Ensworth) was the only Tiger to score in double digits in both contest with 12 and 10 respectively. Kyle Weldon (Rossview), Nilan Hodge (USN) and Casey Smith (Morristown East) all contributed to the two wins.
The Music City Jags did a great job playing as a team and making every game they were in a close contest. Jamonte Graham (Father Ryan) dropped 18 in the morning contest and was very solid throughout the day. Dijon Dozier (Hillsboro) and Tim Gaines (Hillsboro) were vital cogs in the Jags machine.
Tennessee Team Hustle playing in what was essentially their first event managed to make a nice showing by getting better as the games went on. Trey Suttles (Tyner Academy) played well in all three contests on Saturday scoring 23, 18 and 13 for the Hustle. Ross "Loaded" Cannon (Anderson County) was big in the early game scoring 22 points and added 10 in the afternoon game. Tre Tate (Alcoa), Gabe Dando (Alcoa) and Spencer Shoffner (Oak Ridge) played solid for the Hustle.
Donya Burnette (Riverdale) had a steady day scoring 17 and 15 for the Tennessee Contenders on Saturday. Keshawn Carter (Ensworth) exploded for 24 points in the afternoon game. Nick Drake (East Literature) also played well throughout the weekend.
Moving on with two wins, The Tennessee Chosen Few are finding their way as a team. Blake Williams (Farragut) was the high scorer in both of yesterday's games with 27 and 20. Nick Litton (Campbell County) was big in the opening game with 20 points, while Jervon Johnson (Ooltewah) added 12 points. In the afternoon game, Tanner Torres (Anderson County) came through with 15 points and Drew Standifer (Bearden) finished with 13.
The Mid-State Ballerz East played well at times on Saturday. Dee Oldham (Wilson Central) dropped 18 points and Cody Malicoat (Jellico) finished with 17. In the afternoon game, Aaron Wheeler (Morristown East) was the high man scoring 16 markers, while Jeff Long (Hendersonville) added 13 and Malicoat finished with 10. Matt Shown (Alcoa) made his presence felt on the boards and inside for the Ballerz.