Tyler Cutter knows his way around the Murphy Center. As a role player for the Siegel squads of a few seasons back, Cutter watched as the upperclassmen advanced in the big games.
Now as the leader of a sophomore dominated squad the Indiana State signee know what has to be done.
The experinced senior finished with 14 big points and helped shock the Tennessee basketball landscape defeating high powered Antioch 63-51 on Thursday in the first round of the AAA state championships.
Siegel led by 10 at the half and increased the margin to 16 in the second half before Antioch senior guard Kyle Upton went on a scoring streak and helped the Bears close the gap. Upton and North Carolina football signee Michael McAdoo finished with 19 each for Antioch.
Siegel was balanced led by Cutter's 14. The SST (Siegel Sophomore Triad) Marc Gooch added 11, LeVon Tate dropped 11 and Kerry Hammonds finished with 10 and added 5 dimes for good measure.
White Station 64
Oak Ridge 61
"The Real Thing" lived up to his moniker. Joe Jackson dropped 26 markers including 10 for 10 from the charity stripe and keyed a huge comeback as the Sparatans slipped by Oak Ridge 64-61. The win moves The Station to the semi-final round against Red Bank.
Jackson went on his scoring spree knocking down two tough threes and then making a sweet steal and hitting Kaylon Durham for a layin to put the Spartans up for the first time in the game with 1:47 remaining on the game clock.
Oak Ridge played an outstanding game led by senior Carson Newman signee Jared Stephens who finished with 17. Junior DeMarcus Rogers played an outstanding floor game finishing with 16 points and Appalachian State signne Quinche Dowdell finshed with 12 for the Wildcats who concluded their season at 32-3.
Jackson topped the scoring with 26, Durham added 14 and in his second game of the season after transferring Ferrakohn Hall added 14 of his own.
Red Bank 68
Dobyns Bennett 62
Dominique McDuffie knocked down 18 points and grabbed 9 boards leading the Lions of Red Bank to a second round date with White Station after slipping by the Indians of Dobyns Bennett 68-62.
Red Bank outscored D.B. 16-7 in the all important fourth quarter to capture the victory.
Freshman Nick Ross added 13 for Red Bank.
Jamel Williams led the Indians with 14 and Jordan Edwards added 10.
The Roadrunners came back from a huge deficit to finshed off AAA state runner-up Clarksville 51-50. The win moves Ridgeway into a second round battle with Siegel on Friday. Sampson Carter led Ridgeway with 13.
Tyrone Caldwell led all scorers with 19 in a losing effort.
Austin East 56
Kenyan Torry was the high man with 22 as Mitchell escaped a scrappy Austin East crew and advanced to the second round to battle Howard.
Armoni Burditt added 13 for the Roadrunners. Sophomore Mardracus Wade finished with 10.
Travai Pryor and Chase Jones finished with 11 each for Austin East.
Bolivar Central 65
Dominique Taylor proved to be the star of stars for the Hustlin Tigers finishing with 25 points and 14 boards and leading Howard past a tough young Bolivar squad 75-65 setting up a second round date with a tough Mitchell squad on Friday.
Taylor was the best player on the floor and was joined in the scoring column by Brandon Allen with 18 and Darius Ricks with 12.
Bolivar Central made up a huge halftime deficit behind balanced scoring led by Monterrio Crisp with 12, Keegan Fuller and Jonathan Hodge with 11 and senior Jeremy Rhodes with 10.
Union City vs. Moore County (10:30 AM)
University vs. Manassas (12:15 PM)
Dyer County vs. Knoxville Fulton (2:00 PM)
Mitchell vs. Howard (5:15 PM)
White Station vs. Red Bank (7:00 PM)
Siegel vs. Ridgeway (8:45 PM)