MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet’s boys bolted to an early lead in a 36-22 triumph over visiting Walter J. Baird in middle-school basketball Thursday night at Tommy Martin Gym.
The Golden Bears led 13-3 following the first quarter. Baird trimmed the margin to 18-11 by halftime before Mt. Juliet opened the difference to 27-13 going into the fourth.
Tony Thompson totaled 16 points and seven rebounds for Mt. Juliet. Ethan Smith scored six points while Jordan Cockridge finished with five points, Aiden Raines four, Luke Raines three and Carter Cavin two.
Kentez Burford and Dylan Alsup each notched nine points for Baird while Daniel Covile and Tyrique Cooper tossed in two apiece.
West Wilson boys subdue Southside
West Wilson’s boys pulled away from host Southside in a 51-31 victory Thursday night.
The Wildcats led 6-4 following the first quarter, 21-12 at halftime and 32-21 through three as the Saints fell to 4-4.
Garvin Johnson fired in 14 points from the wing and Nathaniel Salais Paredes 11 from the post for West Wilson. Dennis Stallings scored nine, Cameron Bass six, J.C. Crawford three and Taj Mason, Bryan Akins, Dalton King and Mason Koester two each.
Eric Odum notched nine points for Southside while Ethan Shelton scored eight, Griffin Creswell five, Nathan Harris four, Cameron Marshall and Dylan McDonald two each and Baylor Franklin a free throw.
Southside will travel to Gordonsville on Monday with the girls tipping off at 6 p.m.
Friendship wins two over Carroll-Oakland
Friendship Christian’s boys seized control in the third quarter of a 46-36 victory over visiting Carroll-Oakland in middle-school basketball at the Bay Family Sportsplex on Thursday night.
Earlier, the Lady Commanders seized control from the outset of a 37-17 victory.
The Commanders led most of the way, including 8-5 following the first quarter, 16-15 at halftime and 31-21 going into the fourth as they climbed to 2-1 for the season.
Hanley Sobieszczyk scored 13 points from inside and Mike Jones Jr. 11 from the wing for Friendship. Dillon Holland scored seven, Matthew Skeen six, Ben Jamison three and Hunter Eastland, Ethan Bult and Tarver Hayslip two each.
Noah Mulaski kept Carroll-Oakland within striking distance with 14 of his game-high 25 points in the second half. He sank 10 of 13 free throws for the night.
The Lady Commanders led 14-4 following the first quarter and 25-6 at halftime as they pulled even at 2-2.
Lindsey Freeman threw in 13 point from the Friendship backcourt while Anna Cate Kulas scored six, Kendall Tipton and Aja Jones five each, Madisen Strickland a three-pointer, Anna Belle Gallaher and Cameron Burton two apiece and Liv Sims a free throw.
Alyssa Mulaski knocked down nine points, Aaryn Grace Lester seven and Rory Wilson a free throw for Carroll-Oakland.
Friendship’s next scheduled game on Monday was cancelled by Donelson Christian. The Commanders are off until a Dec. 5 game against Boy Prep. Both FCS teams are set to travel to Lancaster Christian on Dec. 9.
Purple Tigers pull away from MJCA in second half
MT. JULIET — Watertown’s boys broke from a low-scoring first-half tie to pull away from Mt. Juliet Christian 44-33 Thursday night.
The teams were tied 7-7 following the first quarter and 12-12 at halftime before the Purple Tigers pulled away to a 27-19 third-period lead as they moved to 6-5 for the season.
Austin Lasater swished a pair of three-pointers in pacing the Purple Tigers with 14 points while Preston Tomlinson posted 12 from inside. Jayden Jobe finished with four; Jared Tomson, Heath Price and Jesse Brewster three each; Brandon Allison and Nathan Fish two apiece and Kaleb Parisher a free throw.
Trent Graves sank a pair of triples as he and post Alex Pitman each put in 10 points for Mt. Juliet Christian. Caylor Bates also buried a couple of treys for his six while Jacob Hall had three and Josh Jose and Will Dedman two each.
The Tigers, who were coming off a 53-43 Monday-night win at Tuckers Crossroads, will play host to Smith County in a Saturday matinee starting with the girls’ 1 p.m. tipoff.