The Smith’s Leads Cougars to State Crown


The old trifecta.

If you could win your school's first state championship, top it off by being named the MVP of said tourney, then add the Mr. Basketball trophy to your resume, I'd say that's a pretty good day.

Malcolm Smith (Clarksville Academy) scored 29 points and his twin brother Martin Smith (Clarksville Academy) netted 32 leading the Cougars past Grace Baptist in double overtime 82-77 to capture the school's first state championship.

C.A. held a commanding lead early behind the exploits of the talented junior tandem. The Golden Eagles behind Mr. Basketball finalist Brandon Herman (Grace Baptist) rallied back and sophomore Cory Nelson (Grace Baptist) drained a three from the corner to tie things at 63 all in regulation.

Terrell Church (Grace Baptist) made his presence felt draining a three from the wing to knot up the score at 69 and sent the game into double overtime, where the Smith's took over and sealed the deal.

Herman, who finished with a game high 33 points, led the Golden Eagles. Taylor Wilson (Grace Baptist) added 17 and Church finished with 16.

Smith was honored as the MVP of the tournament and was joined on the all-tourney squad by his brother Martin along with Church, Wilson, Herman, Nelson, Jarvis Sullivan (Westwood), Heath Dyer (Clarksville Academy), Alex Stallion (CSAS) and Montreaze Gary (Westwood).

Smith concluded his special triumvirate capturing the coveted Mr. Basketball award over seniors Herman and Thomas Greer (West Carroll).