Extensive coverage of
Tennessee High School Basketball
by Andre Whitehead

Peach State Feels the Presence of the Boys from Tennessee

The second week of the live period saw majority of the country descending on the Peach State for events in Cartersville, Atlanta and Augusta. Here at Augusta, Cinderella story as Tennessee provided some sterling moments at the annual Peach State Classic.

 

 

 

 

EABC 17U

The Nashville crew made some serious noise finishing their pool play 4-0. The word was out on the EABC as the opening opponent the Florida Tarheels chose to not show up rather than feel the wrath of the EABC. Hunter Vick (Camden Central) got the ball rolling with 23 large as EABC doused the TNA Heat 101-72. Clay Washburn (CPA) added 19 while Diego Womack (Jackson Northside) finished with 10.

EABC made short work of the Faith Lions 62-43 moving to 2-0 in ppol play behind 16 from Vick and 14 from Jontae Brown (Northeast).

Vick and Washburn scored 16 each as EABC bested the 3 Ball Elite Black 66-34. Collin Blanchard (Alabama) pitched in with 11 in the victory.

4-0 was the final pool play record as EABC advanced to the bracket round against a very good Ball4Lyfe squad. Brown dropped 22, Vick and Washburn finished with 15 each but it wouldn't be enough as the EABC would finish the event 4-1 falling 86-74.

 

CHATTANOOGA ELITE 17U

The Choo-Choo crew had a solid showing finishing 4-0 in pool play action and ending their run at 5-1 with a spot in the quarterfinals. Kevin Cameron (Tyner Academy) showed out for the second consecutive event averaging over 20 points per game and showing his PG skills with 5 dimes per contest as well.

Malik McConnell (Red Bank) had a fine weekend averaging around 15 per game and dishing out dimes to the tune of 6 per game. Vestor Melvin (Brainerd) was solid for the Elite finishing at around 12 points per game while Brian White (Georgia) averaged double digits himself during their impressive run.

 

MEMPHIS BULLS 17U

The Bulls lost some close ones as they finished 1-3 in pool play but rebounded strongly making it to the title game of the bronze bracket. Coaches were quick to acknowledge the contributions of several Bulls including Easton Upchurch (Maryville), who averaged double digits from the perimeter and played one of his best tournaments of the summer.

Jitarious Gordon (Mississippi) and Ladavious Draine (Mississippi) were both steady from the field for the Bulls run in the bronze bracket.

A great deal of attention was administered to emerging 6'9 post player Blake Huggins (Obion County). Huggins showed some offensive firepower with a 15 spot in a win over the Atlanta Select. His size and continued improvement has coaches from all levels showing interest.

 

CHATTANOOGA ELITE 16U

Playing with only 7 players due to some football commitments, the Chattanooga Elite 16 and under crew made quite the impressive run at the Peach State finishing up in the title game of their age classification falling to a tough Garner Road squad.

The Elite went unbeaten in pool play led a trio consisting of R. Mullek Bradford (Cleveland), Mac Hunt (McCallie) and Trip Butler (McCallie).