Purple Tigers trumped on Sr. Night
Andy Reed firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec 17, 2015 at 5:55 PM
WATERTOWN — Watertown’s five boys’ basketball-playing seniors were honored before Tuesday’s home finale. Then, the night went downhill for the Purple Tigers.
Gordonsville rolled past Watertown 63-35 in the final regular-season game in the 31-year-old gym.
The visitors scored the first 14 points and never looked back as Gordonsville improved to 13-12 for the season and 6-3 in District 8-A. Watertown, in a battle with its long-standing rival for the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in next week’s league tournament, to be played at WHS, fell to 10-13, 5-3 with games remaining Thursday at Red Boiling Springs and Friday at Trousdale County.
Teams which finish third through sixth will play an elimination game next Tuesday with the winner catching either top-seed Goodpasture or the No. 2 seed in the Feb. 15 semifinal.
Colt Nokes got Gordonsville going with nine of his 16 points in the first quarter while Hunter Woodard had 15 points and Brandon Atwood 10.
Brandon George’s eight points paced the Purple Tigers while Cameron Jennings and Devin High each had six points on a pair of three-pointers. Colin Jennings and Dylan Speck scored four apiece, Hunter Warren three and Lucas Coleman and Rusty Staats two each.
Warren, Ty Jobe, Zach Edwards, Kyle Oakley and Josiah Brewster were honored before the game.
Devils drop overtime heartbreaker
HENDERSONVILLE — Slumping Lebanon dropped a 50-47 overtime heartbreaker at Beech on Tuesday night.
A DaShawn McMurry free throw lifted Lebanon to a 46-44 edge with 15 seconds left in regulation. But post Drew Pentecost scored on a putback with 4.3 seconds left to force overtime.
Parker Henry scored to put Beech in front in the OT and KeShawn Abston’s free throw cut the margin in half. Philip Baites dropped in two free throws for a three-point lead before Abston’s tying triple missed as the final seconds ticked away.
Lebanon’s fifth straight loss dropped the Blue Devils to 13-10 for the season and 5-8 in District 9-AAA going into Friday’s league finale at Portland.
Pentecost paced Beech with 18 points while Henry hit a pair of threes for half of his 12 and Baites added 11 as the Buccaneers improved to 17-10, 7-6.
Kadarian Garnett led Lebanon with 12 points while Abston sank a pair of threes no his way to 11 and McMurry 10, including a trio of treys. Corvell Huddleston had nine points, Paul Tribble a three and Eddie McDaniels two to go with six assists and five rebounds.
Wilson Central tops Portland
PORTLAND — Wilson Central’s boys went on the road Tuesday where they trumped a home Portland Panthers team 65-34.
The Wildcats easily outscored the Panthers every quarter and even kept them to single digits in every quarter except the third as they improved to 19-5 for the season and 11-2 in District 9-AAA.
Though the game seemed close at the end of the first quarter with a score of 13-8, the Wildcats played better defense in the second and held the Panthers to only five points, taking the Wildcats into the half up 25-13.
The second half saw the Wildcats come out swinging, putting up 20 points in both the third and fourth quarters and only allowing the Panthers 13 points in the third quarter and eight in the fourth as Portland fell to 3-22 and 1-12, setting up a likely first-round tournament rematch Feb. 14 at Beech.
Jacob Williams led the Wildcats in scoring with 14 points, followed closely by John Rosshirt and Ben Palmer with 13 points apiece. Palmer also added eight rebounds and Rosshirt added four.
Deante Miller also added 12 points and A.J. Franklin added nine points.
Preston Reed and Justin Thompson both contributed two points for the Wildcats, who will close the regular season at home Friday night against Mt. Juliet, a game which will be televised live on MyTV30’s new high school basketball package.
Golden Bears fall on road
GALLATIN — Station Camp’s boys used a third-quarter surge to move in front of Mt. Juliet on the way to a 53-48 victory Tuesday night.
The Bison outscored the Golden Bears 18-9 in the period to turn a 23-16 halftime deficit into a 34-32 edge as Station Camp climbed to 18-8 for the season and 9-4 in District 9-AAA.
Shivonta Perry poured in 17 points and Keaton Dotson 10 for Station Camp.
Reagan Johnson’s 15 points led a balanced Bear offense. Nolan Chowbay knocked down a pair of three-pointers as he and Daniel Schroder each scored 12. John Mark Bell finished with five and James Womack four as Mt. Juliet fell to 15-10, 8-5.
Mt. Juliet will close the regular season at Wilson Central on Friday in a game to be televised live on MyTV30’s new high school basketball package.