SHELBYVILLE — Lebanon’s boys controlled the second half Tuesday night as the Blue Devils took a 67-51 victory over Shelbyville.
The Golden Eagles led 27-26 at halftime before Lebanon used a 17-7 third-quarter surge to go up 43-34 going into the fourth.
“They had already played two games and I knew we would have some jitters coming out,” Lebanon coach Jim McDowell said after his Blue Devils dropped in 9 of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter. “We got in some foul trouble first half and had some different lineups on the floor.
“We regrouped at halftime and my coaches made some good adjustments. We did a better job of executing in the second half.”
Point guard DaShawn McMurry hit all three of his three-pointers and 8 of 10 free throws in leading Lebanon with 21 points while 6-foot-4 junior post Corvelle Huddleston, a transfer from McGavock, supplied 16 points and nine rebounds. Power forward Kadarian Garnett threw in 13 points and shooting guard KeShawn Abston 10. Eddie McDaniels finished with four points and Paul Tribble three.
Travis Allison led Shelbyville with 20 points from the post while Leslie Devonta tossed in 10 from the wing.
Lebanon will play host to 3-0 White County at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court in the Blue Devils’ home opener Friday night.
Siegel races past Mt. Juliet
MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet ran into a buzzsaw at Siegel on Tuesday night as the Stars, predicted by many to be a state tournament team in March, rolled to a 66-43 victory.
Siegel stormed to a 21-8 first-quarter lead and the Stars widened the margin to 38-19 by halftime as Mt. Juliet fell to 1-1.
Ryan Jones racked up 27 points while Charles Clark fired in four three-pointers on his way to 18 for Siegel.
Nolan Chowbay threw in three triples in leading Mt. Juliet with 11 points while Reagan Johnson added eight, John Mark Bell seven [including a pair of threes], James Womack six, Trey Pruitt five, Daniel Schroder three, Christian Bell two and Ben Harned a free throw.
Mt. Juliet will come home to take on Hillsboro on Friday night in the Golden Bears’ home opener.
Davidson edges Saints in three-point battle
MT. JULIET — Davidson Academy’s boys used 11 three-pointers to emerge from a close tussle at Mt. Juliet Christian with a 62-57 victory Tuesday night.
The Bears led 19-16 at the end of a back-and-forth first quarter, 38-36 at halftime and 50-49 going into the fourth as they won their opener while the Saints slipped to 1-2.
Zach Swinea sank six three-pointers in leading Davidson with 31 points while Jay Greer tossed in two triples on his way to 12.
Justus Willis countered on the other end with five of Mt. Juliet’s seven triples in leading the Saints with 17 points while Newman Ward tossed in 10. Landon Boyd notched nine points, Alex Graves seven, Zack Jones four, Wyatt Oberg and Drew Headrick three each and Gilbert Russ and Nathan Green two apiece.
Mt. Juliet Christian will hit the road this morning for a trip to Huntingdon and a matinee before Carroll Academy’s student body.