The action was tough and competitive as the Rocky Top High School Fall League tipped off this past weekend at Grace Christian in Knoxville. Lets take a look........
Team Holt 92
Team Lawhon 82
Chase Cerny (CAK) and Stanley Valentine (Hampton) scored 25 and 17 respectively as Team Holt held off a tough effort from Team Lawhon to bring home the win as the Rocky Top Fall League got underway. Team Holt placed 5 players in double digits led by Cerny and Valentine. Luke Sheppard (Grace Christian) added 12, Connor Arnold (Grace Christian) pitched in with 11 and Lucas Campbell (CAK) contributed 10 in the victory.
The loss offset an outstanding effort from rising sophomore Zy Moore (Meigs County) who finished with a game high 26 markers for Lawhon. Seth Leonard (Sweetwater) contributed 16 points while Matthew Meadows (Meigs County) added 15 in the tough loss.
Dylan Brewster (Lenoir City) started out strong nailing four early deep balls and finished with 14 points for Team Lawhon.
Team Holt puts their unblemished mark on the line this Saturday at Grace Christian as they tangle with divisional foe Team Steinmetz (0-1). Team Lawhon looks to get back on the winning track as the tangle with an unbeaten Team Watts (1-0).
Team Matthews 82
Team Garman 75
Balanced scoring seemed to be the trademark as Team Matthews looked to defend their championship with an 82-75 opening game triumph over Team Garman. Depth proved to be the difference as Matthews put 5 players in double digits led by 14 each from Austin Shrum (Upperman) and Colton Blevins (York Institute).
Hunter Crouch (Clarkrange) added 13 while Gage Spence (Stone Memorial) pitched in with 11 and Ronnie Seims (Clarkrange) added 10 in the victory.
Yosmond Fenderson (Fulton) led a depleted Team Garman roster with a game high 18 points. Brady Nease (Union County) added 16, rising freshman Kejuan Hale-Ligon (Austin East) chipped in with 15, Donovan Filer (Fulton) adds 14 and Luke Shoffner (Union County) finished with 12 in the loss.
Team Matthews welcomes a formidable challenge with Team Feltner (0-1) taking the floor at Grace Christian this Saturday. Team Garman will battle unblemished Team Sharp (1-0) as they look to bounce into the win column this Saturday.
Team Jeffers 76
Team Steinmetz 69
Conley Hamilton (Powell) scored 16 and helped hold off a furious Team Steinmetz comeback as Team Jeffers comes away with a 76-69 win in opening day action at the Rocky Top Fall League.
Joining Hamilton in the scoring column was Javien Johnson (Oak Ridge) and Geevontay Gee (Oak Ridge) with 13 each and DeAndre Gibson (Oak Ridge) with 12 points in the win.
Jacob Cawood (Midway) and Stephen Butts (Scott) led Team Steinmetz with 15 points each. Maverick Smith (Oakdale) chipped in with 10 in the narrow loss.
Team Jeffers welcomes Team Coffin (0-1) who will be set to knock them into the ranks of the beaten this Saturday at Grace Christian. Team Steinmetz looks to bounce back against powerful Team Watts (1-0) in Saturday action.
Team Sharp 65
Team Driscoll 58
In one of the most competitive games of the day, Team Sharp gets 21 markers from Seth Shaffer (Sequoyah) and 15 from Jai Atkins (William Blount) as the boys from Blount County edge a surging Team Driscoll 65-58 in Rocky Top Fall League action this past Saturday at lovely Grace Christian.
Kenaan Berger (Heritage) and Dalton Price (Maryville) chipped in with 12 and 11 respectively for the winners, who will take on Team Garman (0-1) this Saturday at Grace.
Luke Smith (Knoxville Catholic) kept his team in the game with key buckets late, the rising sophomore finished with a game high 22 points. Dean Miniard (Knoxville Webb) added 13 in the narrow loss.
Team Driscoll looks to notch that victory this weekend as they tangle with Team Upchurch (1-0) this Saturday at Grace Christian.
Team Watts 77
Team Coffin 55
Drew Fugate (Gatlinburg-Pittman) and Ryan Beal (Pigeon Forge) led the charge with 15 each as Team Watts outshined Team Coffin 77-55 in Rocky Top Fall League action.
Rising sophomore Justin Barnett (Sevier County) added 12 while Danny Bates (Jefferson County) chipped in with 11 in the win. Team Watts looks to keep their gaudy record intact as they welcome Team Lawhon (0-1).
Tyler Nichols (Elizabethton) led Team Coffin with 12 markers followed closely by Braxton Moore (Knoxville Halls) with 11.
Team Coffin will be on a mission to bounce back as they battle Team Jeffers (1-0) at Grace Christian this Saturday.
Team Upchurch 76
Team Feltner 73
We saved the best for last, Easton Upchurch (Maryville) hit a big shot late as Team Upchurch overcame a determined Team Feltner 76-73 in opening round Rocky Top Fall League action.
The loss offset an outstanding effort from John Bryant (Jefferson County) who scored a league high 27 markers on a variety of inside moves and short jumpers.
Kelvin Jackson (Carter) led the winners with 19 points followed closely by Jordan Bowden (Carter) with 16. Upchurch pitched in with 12 while Miles Thomas (South Doyle) added 11 in the win.
Bailey Lamb (Grainger) was the only other member of Team Feltner in double digits as he finished with 19. Feltner will take on defending champion Team Matthews (1-0) this Saturday at Grace Christian.
Team Upchurch looks to move to 2-0 as they welcome Team Driscoll (0-1).
Top Scoring Efforts (August 23rd)
John Bryant (Jefferson County) 27pts
Zy Moore (Meigs County) 26pts
Chase Cerny (CAK) 25pts
Luke Smith (Knoxville Catholic) 22pts
Seth Shaffer (Sequoyah) 21pts
Kelvin Jackson (Carter) 19pts
Bailey Lamb (Grainger) 19pts
Yosmond Fenderson (Fulton) 18pts
Stanley Valentine (Hampton) 17pts
Ryan Beal (Pigeon Forge) 16pts
Jordan Bowden (Carter) 16pts
Drew Fugate (Gatlinburg-Pittman) 16pts
Seth Leonard (Sweetwater) 16pts
Brady Nease (Union County) 16pts
Schedule (August 30th @ Grace Christian)
10:00 Team Driscoll (0-1) vs. Team Upchurch (1-0)
11:00 Team Jeffers (1-0) vs. Team Coffin (0-1)
12:00 Team Holt (1-0) vs. Team Steinmetz (0-1)
1:00 Team Matthews (1-0) vs. Team Feltner (0-1)
2:00 Team Garman (0-1) vs. Team Sharp (1-0)
3:00 Team Lawhon (0-1) vs. Team Watts (1-0)