Ballerz West 17’s Take Eastern Sub-State

Tarius Johnson (Liberty Tech) netted 25 and the Mid-State Ballerz West defeated their sibling rival Mid-State Ballerz Central to capture the Eastern Sub-State held this weekend at Seymour High School.

Demarious Smith (Kenwood) and Kaneal Windom (JCM) both finished with 14 in the title game victory. 

Johnson was simply a manster all weekend averaging around 22 for the event.  

Julian Reese (LaVergne) had a gargantuan semi-final game scoring 27 and playing above the rim all weekend.

Cordero Williams (Liberty Tech) exploded in pool play for 43 markers, including 11 threes, but did not play in the title game for reasons too funny to explain. 

Micah Ballard (William Blount), Caleb Barrett (Knoxville West), Juwon Cain (Liberty Tech) and Tyler Smith (Union County) all played well for the Ballerz Central squad. 


Other 17 and under players from the weekednd who drew some attention:

Michael Bradley (Tyner Academy) 

Playing with the Tennessee Tigers the big man showed a nice touch around the bucket, blocked some shots and is improving every time he steps on the floor.

Damien Suttles (Tyner Academy) 

Suttles continues to show his fine stroke for the Chattanooga Warriors in every event he performs. His sweet shot is one of the very best in the entire state.

Cory Billingsley (Sweetwater) 

Playing up an age group with his Knoxville Panthers squad, the smooth operator had some fine moments during pool play. 

Blake Bell (Lipscomb) and Carter Sanderson (Lipscomb)

This dynamic duo was sharp the entire weekend. Bell helped the Tigers to finish 3-1 in pool play and had to assume the point guard duties on relatively short notice. Sanderson was a terror from the outside hitting 7 three's in one contest and scoring 40 points in one of the pool play games.  


Special thanks to my colleagues who covered the event for me while I was scouting an event at Clemson University.