Post Holiday Tournaments permeated the hoops landscape from one end of the state to the other. I have attempted to round up all the results as best I could and will present this to you starting with East Tennessee and West Tennessee in the first story and a separate follow-up featuring the tournaments in Middle Tennessee.
Arby's Classic (Bristol)
CPA used a 22-2 third quarter push to grab the 3rd place trophy with a 67-40 victory over Oak Ridge at the annual Arby's Classic Tournament in Bristol.
The Lions suffered their first loss of the season in the semi-finals falling to eventual champion Greater Atlanta Christian.
Braxton Blackwell (CPA) led five players in double digits with 14 points.
Memphis Hamilton came away with the 5th place trophy defeating Peachtree Ridge 82-43 behind 16 from Memphis signee Keelon Lawson (Hamilton).
Top Scoring Efforts at the Arby's Classic
Isaac Merian (Oak Ridge) 32pts vs. Mentor Ohio
Brian Dempsey (Johnson County) 28pts vs. Memphis Hamilton
Jake Allsmiller (CPA) 27pts vs. Peachtree Ridge GA
Kyle Oliver (Oakland) 25pts vs. Oak Ridge
Times Free Press Best of Preps (Chattanooga)
Sadik Spence (Tyner Academy) scored 22 markers and took home MVP honors as TynerAcademy ran past previously unbeaten Boyd Buchanan 56-40 to capture the Times Free Press Best of Preps Event at Chattanooga State Community College.
Dequan Hardwick (Tyner Academy) added 12 while Alex Watkins (Tyner Academy) finished with 10 for the winners.
Watkins joined Kevin Cameron (Tyner Academy) and Spence on the All-Tournament team.
Q.D. Cox (Boyd Buchanan) led the Buccaneers with 11.
Ooltewah got 21 points from Ron King (Ooltewah) to stake their claim of third place at Best of Preps with an 85-54 drubbing of Notre Dame.
BSN Super 16 @ Bearden HS
Siegel drifted to East Tennessee to remain unblemished as the Stars behind 24 points from Charles Clark (Siegel) bested the host team Bearden 84-68 at the annual Super 16 event at Bearden High School.
Joining Clark in the scoring column was senior point guard Ryan Jones (Siegel) who finished with 16 and Aden Burton (Siegel) who added 15 in the win.
Jones was huge including a 22 point effort in the opening round win over a determined JeffersonCounty squad.
The Stars had a fight in the semi-final round but came up on the right end of the ledger against CAK 50-46.
Top Scoring Efforts at the Super 16:
Connor Simpson (Unicoi County) 33pts vs. South Doyle
Jack Graham (Bearden) 26pts vs. South Doyle
Charles Clark (Siegel) 24pts vs. Bearden
Caleb Hayes (Anderson County) 23pts vs. Unicoi County
Oterriah Lee (CAK) 23pts vs. Anderson County
Renasant Bank Christmas Classic @ Maryville HS
Justin Simmons (Stone Memorial) grabs MVP honors as the Panthers defeat Fulton 62-50 to bring home the Renasant Bank Christmas Classic at Maryville High School.
Tyler Yoder (Stone Memorial) led Stone with 16 followed by Simmons with 14 and Luke Matthews (Stone Memorial) added 12.
Stone got to the finals with wins over David Crockett, Austin East, Maryville and finally Fulton in the championship game.
Top Scoring Efforts at the Renasant Bank Tournament:
Patrick Good (David Crockett) 41pts vs. Sevier County
Darrin Gillenwater (Campbell County) 28pts vs. McMinn County
Isaac Edmiston (Maryville) 25pts vs. Campbell County
Taylor Hawkins (Sequoyah) 25pts vs. Knoxville Webb
Peyton Wall (Alcoa) 24pts vs. Knoxville Central
Lenoir City Holiday Tournament
DeShawn McMurray (Lebanon) scored a game high 25 points as Lebanon defeated McMinn Central 62-55 to take the crown at the Lenoir City Holiday Tournament.
Poplar Bluff Shootout (MO)
Jaylen Barford (Jackson Southside) scored 36 points as Jackson Southside whizzed past Forrest City AR 77-56 to capture the Poplar Bluff Shootout in Missouri.
The Hawks got scoring support from junior guard Chris McNeal (Jackson Southside) who added 30 and fellow classmate Malik Hicks (Jackson Southside) who finished with 25.
Barford was the real deal from the jump as he scored 24 in the opening round victory over BTW (72-67). He notched 14 in a balanced scoring effort over the host team Poplar Bluff to the tune of 76-60 before exploding in the finals.
Martin Lions Club Tournament
Daniel Norl (Kenwood) dropped 17 as Kenwood slipped past South Fulton 61-59 to capture the annual Martin Lions Club Tournament.
The Eastern Kentucky signee was at his best garnering the MVP honors for the event with his scoring exploits which included a 17 point opening round effort against Bradford followed up with 33 large against Class AAA powerhouse Dyer County.
Joining Norl on the glitter squad was fellow senior Jimario Rivers (Kenwood).
Gibson County Christmas Tournament
Desonta Bradford (Humboldt) scored 26 markers as the defending Class A champions snuck past the five time defending Arkansas state champs Little Rock Hall 67-66 to capture the Gibson County Christmas Tournament.
Treyvon Brown (Humboldt) and Stephon Turner (Humboldt) added 16 and 14 respectively to the victors.
Bradford showed why he is one of the top players on the West Tennessee landscape. His efforts inlcuded a 29 point outburst against Crockett County in the opening round of the tourney.