Rocky Top Opens with Several Close Wins



Team Johnson 81

Team Nabors 79

Andy Barnette (Pigeon Forge) knocked down multiple threes and Will Winton (Bearden) scored 23 points as Team Johnson slipped past Team Nabors on day one of the Pilot Rocky Top High School Fall League. DeQuan Wright (Bearden) added 14 points in the win and Phillip Stanford (Knoxville West) and Spencer Peake (Bearden) finished with 11 and 10 respectively for the victors.


Rico White (Bearden) led Team Nabors with 22 marker including two late threes as they closed the gap but simply ran out of game time to pull off the victory. JuJuan Williams (Knoxville West) added 14 in the loss. Burton Sampson (Knoxville Webb) was solid for Team Nabors with 11.



Blount County 57

Union County 42

Cody Malicotte (Jellico) dropped 16 points and Alex Tipton (Maryville) contributed 10 as Blount County survived a furious Union County comeback to slink away with the 57-42 win.


Phillip Cox (Union County) played outstanding in the comeback leading Union County with 15 markers. Stetson Moore (Knoxville Halls) added 10 in the loss.


Matt Shown (Alcoa) played an outstanding game for Blount County scoring 9 points and snatching double digit caroms.



Cumberland/Roane County 69

Sevier County 51

Brock Rowan (Stone Memorial) burned the twine for 21 points as the Cumberland/Roane County squad got past Sevier County 69-51. Jethro Griffin (Sequoyah) played an outstanding game for the victors scoring 17 points in the win.


Jose Agosto (Gatlinburg-Pittman) led Sevier County with 17 points while Morrease "The Butcher" Barber (Gatlinburg-Pittman) and Davis Soehn (Gatlinburg-Pittman) finished with 11 and 10 for Sevier.



Team Kimber 62

Team Naler 55

Jaylen Allen (Science Hill) scored 24 points and Shannon Hale (Science Hill) added 13 leading Team Kimber past Team Naler 62-55 in tight Rocky Top action. Allen and Galen Campbell (Fulton), who also finished with 24 points, went head to head majority of the game in a battle of two of the best backcourt players in East Tennessee.


Brandon Lopez (Austin East) scored 10 in the win.



Tri-Cities 72

Team Lee 55

Dustin Clarke (North Carolina) and Logan Lyle (Unicoi County) dropped 18 and 16 points respectively leading the Tri-Cities squad past Team Lee 72-55.


Lyle was outstanding on both ends of the floor blocking seven shots.


Lucas Branch (Knoxville Catholic) led Team Lee with 14 points and Taylor Diegel (Farragut) finished with 10.



Team Pierson 59

Anderson County 56

Lester "The Action Figure" Wilson (Carter) was the days high scorer dropping 27 points as Team Pierson survived a late Anderson County rally 59-56 in the day's final contest.


Lonnie McClanahan (Oak Ridge) led Anderson County with 17 points while Alan Holt (Anderson County) added 16 markers in the tough loss.


Drew Standifer (Bearden) was a catalyst for Team Pierson the entire day. He only managed 6 points but his block with less than a minute remained squashed an Anderson County rally and game his squad possession in the most crucial spot of the game.


Matt Queener (Fulton) and Sabian Smith (Knoxville Central) were lauded for their defensive efforts.