Smith Goes For 46, But Ross Snatches Victory in Cleveland Rocky Top Action



Week #3 saw the games move to the auxiliary gym and some of the best games we've had thus far were on the docket.



Tennessee 92

Florida 87

Nick Ross (Red Bank) put his stamp on the league scoring lead busting 33 points and helped Tennessee (2-1) to a narrow 92-87 victory over winless Florida, despite 46 big points from rising sophomore Jalen Smith (Rhea County).

Ross was joined in the scoring column by Jared Rhodes (Cleveland) who finished with 25 in the victory.


Tim Webb (McMinn Central) added 11 for Florida.



Syracuse 73

Louisville 68

Wesley Ritchie (Ooltewah) and Rondez Mee (Cleveland) scored 25 and 21 points respectively leading Syracuse to a 73-68 win over previously unbeaten Louisville.


The game was a series of huge lead changes and the balanced scoring of the Louisville crew almost kept them unblemished. Drew Zaleta (Walker Valley) led the way with 18 markers, while Darien Johnson (Bradley Central) added 16 points.


Miles Morgan (Bradley Central) finished with 12 and rising freshman Levi Woods (Meigs County) added 10 in the close defeat.


Despite the loss, Louisville by virtue of point differential, snags the top spot in the West Division and will tangle with unbeaten Vanderbilt this Saturday at Cleveland State.  



Vanderbilt 66

Auburn 65

Tevin Rutledge (Cleveland) converted an errant inbounds save for a bucket and a foul as Vanderbilt kept its record unscathed with a narrow 66-65 victory over a determined Auburn squad.


Jervon Johnson (Ooltewah) led all scorers dropping 29 points for Vanderbilt, Rutledge finished with 21 and Stephen Record (Grace Baptist) added 11 in the win.


D.J. Bowles (Notre Dame) was straight up awesome finishing with 26 points on a veritable potpourri of jumpers and tough, contested drives to the glass.


Rising sophomore Josh Coleman (Rhea County) finished with 14 points for Auburn.




UConn 72

Marquette 51

Tyler Skidmore (Meigs County) busted the nets for a game high 31 points but it wasn't enough to overcome the four double digit scorers in the UConn lineup as they racked up a 72-51 victory in the days final game.


Mack Singh (Rhea County) led the winners with 18 points followed closely by Trey Upton (Cleveland) with 17 markers. Hunter Daniels (Rhea County) and Kendrick Thompson (Cleveland) both finished with 13 points for the winners.