The Tennessee Tigers got 27 from rising junior Ross Cummings (Creek Wood) and completed an unblemished run to capture the 17U AAU State Championship with a 70-58 win over the Tennessee Panthers.
The Tigers had balanced scoring and aggressive play the entire weekend behind the aforementioned Cummings and high flying Jarrell Reeves (Oakland).
Kenny Bunton (Walker Valley) dropped a 19 spot in one semi-final contest while James Boone (Kentucky) had a dozen in another semi-final victory.
Brad Allen (Greenbrier) had a nice weekend for the Tigers including back to back double digit contests while his inside running mate Adam Fleming (Loretto) also managed a pair of double digit contests.
Guard play was big for the Tigers behind the combined efforts of Cannon Campbell (Rossview), Gabe Cummings (Creek Wood), Ethan Hennis (Providence Christian) and Dequan Summers (Hillwood).
Coaches raved about the overall contributions of Matthew Norl (Kenwood). Norl was a standout defensively throughout the tournament and managed to drop double digit points in the title game win over the Panthers.
Brandon Dansoh (Cane Ridge) was the lone member of the Panthers who finished with double digits in the title game closing with 15.
The Panthers had a nice run through the event finishing at 4-1 with the title game loss the lone blemish on the record.
Austin Douglas (Cheatham County) and Jake West (Aaron Academy) scored 15 and 14 respectively as the Panthers tamed the Nashville Cobras 84-57 in the pool play opener.
Douglas led again with 25 but the hero of the moment would be Ross Plunkett (Creek Wood) who drained an off-balance falling out of bounds dagger three to lift the Panthers over the always tough Chattanooga Elite 78-77. The win clinched their 1st place standing in the pool. Kyree Elder (Cane Ridge) added 17 while Marquis Davis (LaVergne) pitched in a 10 spot.
Douglas and Christian Bell (Mt. Juliet) scored 13 apiece as the Panthers started bracket play with a 73-59 win over the Highland Knights. Elder added 11 in the win.
Bell netted 12 and Davis 11 as the Panthers earned their title game spot with a hard fought 70-61 win over the Memphis Bulls.
The Tennessee Triple Threat had a nice finish at the 17U AAU state finishing as a semi-finalist falling to the eventual champion Tigers 68-64.
Caleb Hollander (Home School) suited up for the TTT this weekend and was solid averaging around 17 per game for the event. Josh Jones (Walker Valley) had himself another fine event also hovering around the 17 per game mark as the TTT finished their weekend at 4-1.
Keaton Dotson (Station Camp) was productive for the TTT with a 13.4 per game average and Matthew Meadows (Meigs County) concluded the event averaging just at double digits.
The Chattanooga Elite had a tough tournament finishing 2-2 but the good news was the consistent play of Dejonta Ross (Brainerd) who shone bright averaging around 22 per game for the weekend.