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Tri-Cities Christian boys win TAACS Class AA title

From staff reports • Mar 1, 2020 at 5:00 AM

SPRINGFIELD — Tournament MVP Drew Correll had 26 points and 11 rebounds and Tri-Cities Christian defeated Franklin Road Christian 69-64 for the TAACS Class AA boys championship Saturday.

Gavyn Etter added to the Eagles’ victory with 22 points, including five 3-point shots. Adam Pigeon finished with seven points, 17 rebounds and six assists. The Eagles (18-7) led 38-27 at the half.

Brayden Layell joined Correll, Etter and Pigeon on the all-tournament team.

Noah Tidwell paced the Murfreesboro-based Minutemen with 19 points. Parker Applegate added 17 and Tripp Walker 14.

Region 1-AA

GRAINGER 74, SULLIVAN EAST 71

RUTLEDGE — An inspired Patriots team pushed the Grizzlies to the limit in the final game of the 36-year coaching career for East’s John Dyer.

Grainger went on a 9-0, game-clinching run before a late 3-pointer by East in the Region 1-AA quarterfinal. The Patriots led 38-36 at the half.

Five Grainger players scored in double digits, led by Luke Jones’ 17 points and Emmanuel Atkins’ 15. Tristan Warfield and Brady Grubb each scored 14, and Jaxon Williams had a dozen.

Dylan Bartley did his best to keep the Patriots’ run going, blazing the nets for 27 points. Ethan Bradford scored 17 and Mason Montgomery contributed 14.

SOUTH GREENE 48, ELIZABETHTON 47

ELIZABETHTON — Sully Fox pitched in 15 points and Clint Lamb accounted for 14 in the Rebels’ quarterfinal win over the Cyclones.

A 12-3 run ushered South Greene (24-9) to a 36-29 lead after three quarters. Elizabethton (13-15) used a five-point spurt to tie it at 44 with a minute to play, but the Rebels converted a bucket underneath before Lamb hit two foul shots with 18 seconds remaining.

Nico Ashley scored 19 points and Jake Roberts had 12 on four 3-pointers for Elizabethton.

GREENEVILLE 90, UNICOI COUNTY 49

GREENEVILLE — The Greene Devils led by 19 at halftime and breezed into the Region 1-AA semifinal round.

Reid Satterfield led Greeneville players in double figures with 17 points and made five of the team’s 10 3-point baskets. Kobi Gillespie produced a 16-point effort, Austin Loven turned in 12 and Connor Debusk 10.

Grant Hensley and Lucas Slagle each scored 10 points for Unicoi County.

Region 1-AAA

SCIENCE HILL 66, JEFFERSON COUNTY 43

JOHNSON CITY — After sluggish start, the Hilltoppers found their groove and never looked back, outscoring the Patriots 20-2 in the second quarter.

That surge supplied Science Hill (30-3) a 40-22 halftime advantage. The ’Toppers led by as many as 26 after intermission in notching their first 30-win campaign since 2012-13.

Amare Redd totaled 13 points and six rebounds in the win. Hunter Phillips (12 points, 6 rebounds) and Jake Matherne (11 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists) also made key contributions.

The Patriots (16-14) got 10 points and three assists from Tommy Griffin.

SOUTH-DOYLE 62, DAVID CROCKETT 43

KNOXVILLE — The Pioneers hung tough early, down by just two at the end of the first quarter, before the Cherokees pulled away for the quarterfinal win.

Kendrick Holland hit 12 of 14 free throws in a 21-point performance for South-Doyle. Tony Snapp tallied 18 points and Terrell Brown accounted for 13.

Mason Britton scored 11 points to lead the Pioneers. Eric Dunbar scored nine, Dawson Wagner eight and Mack Hensley seven.

SEVIER COUNTY 76, TENNESSEE HIGH 57

SEVIERVILLE — The Smoky Bears knocked down 24 of 30 from the free-throw line in eliminating the Vikings.

Jonathan Zhao paced Sevier County with 27 points. Wes Maples scored 21 and Connor McElhaney finished with 17.

Cole McBrayer closed out his season with 17 points — 15 from 3-point range — to lead Tennessee High. Nolan Wishon powered his way inside for 16 points. Blake Fauver scored 10 and Aidan Carter netted nine.

Tennessee High attempted only five free throws.

Region 1A

UNIVERSITY HIGH 82, WASHBURN 54

JOHNSON CITY — Kaleb Meredith amassed 27 points and six steals to spearhead the Bucs, who broke up a tight game by closing the first half with 14 unanswered points.

Marshall Fleenor had 18 points, including four 3-pointers, in helping University High (19-10) advance to the regional semifinals for the third straight year.

Skyler Hurst totaled 23 points to lead the Pirates (6-24).

HAMPTON 70, HANCOCK COUNTY 45

HAMPTON — Jordan Bentley hit six shots from 3-point range and finished with a team-best 22 points in the Bulldogs’ quarterfinal romp.

Caleb Oaks added a dozen to Hampton’s total, and Morgan Lyons came through with nine.

Hunter Hatfield, with 26, and Chandler Ferguson, with 13, scored all but six of the Indians’ points.

COSBY 77, CLOUDLAND 37

COSBY — The Eagles held the Highlanders to two second-quarter points in the second quarter and held a commanding 38-17 halftime lead.

Trey Johnson had 18 points in the first half and 26 overall to lead Cosby. Jeremy Wise added 14, Braden Shaffer 13 and Riley Galler 12 in the win.

Hunter Shell had a team-high 18 points for Cloudland. Elijah Blair and Bentley Gilbert added six apiece.

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