Dominance is a word thrown around a little too much these days.
How about 17 straight wins including three championships, the Spring Classic in 2013, the Kentucky Hoopfest in 2013 and now the Kentucky Hoopfest in 2014. Now that is real dominance.
The Tennessee Tigers 16 and under crew finished their trip to the Bluegrass state continuing their sparkling effort bringing home the trophy once again.
The Tigers finished 6-0 winning their games by a margin of 24 points in the process.
Caleb Hollander (Homeschool) turned in his marquee performance with a 24 point effort in a highly contested game against Team Work. Kenny Bunton (Walker Valley) had another fine effort on both ends of the floor.
The backcourt came up huge with the additions of Kenny Cooper (FRA) and Thomas Booker (East Nashville). The duo joined an already solid perimeter attack led by emerging junior gunner Ross Cummings (Creek Wood), who continues to impress with his gaudy July.
Coaches applauded the continued efforts of big man Brad Allen (Greenbrier), who is running the floor and providing an outlet with his ability to knock down a deep shot as the trail on the break. Sterling Hewitt (Portland) was big inside despite his size playing hard defense and getting several scoring opportunities because of his effort.
Cannon Campbell (Rossview) and Gabe Cummings (Creek Wood) were solid as usual playing both guard spots while Keaton Dotson (Station Camp) was impressive with his knack for big buckets and defensive stops in the clutch moments of the game.
In the 17 and under division, the Tigers finished 2-1 in pool play tied for the top spot but fell in a close one to the Western Kentucky Elite.
Dakota Quinn (Davidson Academy) and John Payne (Goodpasture) got most of the notice with their efforts. Quinn has a strong 16 point effort against the St. Louis Majestic's while Payne continues to show flashes of his skills from the outside and improvement off the bounce.
In the backcourt the Tigers relied on the outside shooting of Micah Davis (CPA), Jonathan Jones (Goodpasture) and Cash Dansby (Hickman County).
Inside the Tigers were led by Colt Nokes (Gordonsville), Zach Bentley (Hickman County) and Aidan Waldrum (Goodpasture).
Bronze was the medal of choice for the 15 and under Tigers who fought hard but suffered a pair of two point losses in pool play.
Gray Michael (Creek Wood) and Michael Ashburn (Macon County) provided majority of the scoring exploits for the young Tigers.
Manny Sanders (Lipscomb Academy), Drew Scott (CPA), Brennan Bailey (Ensworth) and C.J. Herbert (Homeschool) played hard and tough providing scoring and defensive effort throughout the event.
Coaches were quick to point out the contributions of Greg Miller (Independence) and Sanderson Wall (Homeschool).