That sound you hear my friends in Kentucky is just those of us in Tennessee knocking at your door.
With the final day of the Kentucky Hoop Fest set to tip off several of our Tennessee squads are in prominent places ready to bring home some hardware to show off to the masses.
Starting in the 17 and under division the Knoxville Panthers are on quite the run having won four straight games and will play in a semi-final game in the Bronze Division this afternoon.
Three big wins including a 59-53 dispatching of St. Louis Team Swish behind 18 points from Morrease "The Butcher" Barber (Gatlinburg-Pittman) and 14 and 13 markers by Dustin Clarke (North Carolina) and Nathaniel Hughes (Hampton) got things started in the right direction.
Clark and Barber dropped 17 and 14 respectively as the Panthers seized Waterloo Canada 61-57.
Finally, Clark erupted for 18 points as the Panthers moved into the semi-finals with a 70-66 win over the Driveway Legends. Cory Billingsly (Sweetwater) added 17 while Damion Edwards (North Carolina) pitched in with 14 points. Skylar Brown (Seymour) was big on the boards and added 6 points in the win.
Andre Brown (Clarksville Northeast) exploded for 30 points as Team Nashville yoked the Spiece All Indiana squad in bracket action. Brown hit seven 3's in his big game.
The Nashville Celtics 16's ran through pool play unblemished but fell in the first round of bracket action. Daijon Williams (Clarksvlle), Eric Robertson (Alabama) and John Ross Glover (USJ) were sighted for their efforts in the action.
Jordan Hall (Lenoir City) scored on a driving lay-up lifting the East Tennessee Pyro past Waterloo Canada in 15 and uder bracket action. Kaseem Davidson (Oak Ridge) led the Pyro with 21 points off the bench. Jaylon Henderosn (Oak Ridge) added 12 points in the win.
JaQuan Lewis (Dickson County) is a name everyone should get very used to hearing on a regular basis. The rising sophomore scored 21 points leading the Tennessee Tigers past the Nashville Celtics into the semi-finals. Jalen Lindsey (CPA) played his best game of the tourney thus far getting a double/double and Kelser Bell (FRA) finished with 12 points in the win.
Now for good measure, the Tigers overcame a six point deficit late with big threes from Lewis and Gunnar Miller (DCA) before C.J. McEwen (DCA) went length of the floor and scored a twisting lay-in as time expired lifting the Tigers to victory.
Lindsey led the scoring with 20 points. Miller, Lewis, Bell and Austin Howard (FRA) finished in double figures for the Tigers.