MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet’s boys seized control of Riverdale in the fourth quarter of a 46-37 victory Tuesday night.
The Warriors led 28-26 at the end of three back-and-forth quarters before the Golden Bears closed with a 20-9 fourth to improve to 4-3.
Daniel Schroder dropped in 13 points to lead Mt. Juliet while John Mark Bell rang up three 3-pointers for his nine, Reagan Johnson seven and Austin Brown, Nolan Chowbay and James Womack five each.
Steven Wilson swished home four three-pointers in leading Riverdale with 12 points.
Mt. Juliet led 8-7 following the first quarter and trailed 19-17 at halftime.
The Bears will open their District 9-AAA schedule Friday night at Lebanon’s Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.
Blue Devils drop road decision
LAVERGNE — LaVergne’s boys outshot and outrebounded Lebanon in a 71-51 victory Tuesday night.
The Wolverines, coached by former Cumberland guard Chris Chambers, shot 56 percent from the floor to Lebanon’s 34 percent and outrebounded the Blue Devils 28-16 as the visitors fell to 3-2.
LaVergne led 19-13 following the first quarter, 35-28 at halftime and 59-33 going into the fourth.
Forward Chuckie Stuckey scored 17 points for LaVergne while guard Cortez Shaw sank three 3-pointers on his way to 12.
Lebanon’s guard tandem of DaShawn McMurry and KeShawn Abston each scored 13 points while Eddie McDaniels added eight, Corvell Huddleston seven, Paul Tribble and Bryce Lester a three-pointer apiece and Mikell Taylor and freshman Xavier Brand two each.
The Blue Devils were without coach Jim McDowell, whose wife Meredith delivered the couple’s first child, daughter Avery Elizabeth, at 11:27 a.m. Tuesday. Assistant Zach Martin ran the team.
Lebanon will open District 9-AAA play at home Friday when Mt. Juliet visits Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court. The Blue Devils’ game at Macon County, snowed out last week, has been rescheduled for Dec. 14.
Balanced ‘Cats collect road win
COOKEVILLE — Three Wildcats scored in double figures Tuesday night as Wilson Central collected a 62-45 road win at Cookeville.
Big man Ben Palmer posted 15 points while Matthew Hall had 14 and Jacob Williams 12 with eight rebounds. Deante Miller supplied eight assists and six rebounds as he and A.J. Franklin scored seven points apiece. Jordan Roundtree threw in a three-pointer and Jon Rosshirt and Preston Reed two each as the Wildcats climbed to 2-1.
Central led 13-9 following the first quarter, 28-21 at halftime and 45-38 going into the fourth.
The Wildcats will open District 9-AAA play Friday night at Lebanon’s Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.
Purple Tigers drop third straight
GAINESBORO — Watertown and host Jackson County played even-steven for three quarters Tuesday night. But the host Blue Devils outscored the Purple Tigers by five in the third period and prevailed 56-50.
It was 11-11 following the first quarter and 20-20 at halftime before Jackson County went up 38-32 going into the fourth.
But the problems lie deeper to coach Matt Bradshaw, whose Tigers dropped their third straight in falling to 3-4.
“We can’t make any shots, but that is miniscule to what our problem is,” said Bradshaw, who saw the Tigers commit 10 first-half turnovers. “We aren’t doing the little things it takes to win. We’re missing shots around the rim, not getting offensive rebounds.
“We had too many defensive lapses. That goes back to the little things.”
Connor Hall led four Blue Devils in double figures with 14 points while James Coe and Brent Davidson each dropped in 12 and Colby Brown 11 as Jackson County sank six three-pointers.
Freshman Seth Price poured in three of Watertown’s four triples as he paced the Purple Tigers with 15 points while Ty Jobe tossed in 12 and Zach Edwards 10. Ty Love finished with five, Dylan Speck four and Brant Martin and Hunter Warren two each.
Watertown will play host to Westmoreland in a makeup game Saturday night.
Commanders crushed at MTCS
MURFREESBORO — After a promising beginning, Friendship Christian endured a frustrating rest of the night as host Middle Tennessee Christian crushed the Commanders 81-40 Tuesday night.
MTCS, coached by FCS graduate and former coach Jason Piercey, led 26-14 following the first quarter before a 34-7 second opened a 60-21 halftime margin. The third period wasn’t much better for the Commanders, who trailed 79-30 going into the fourth as they fell to 0-4.
“We did everything we could do,” first-year Commander coach Ben Johnson said. “We came out and jumped on them. They had to call timeout.
“We didn’t keep doing what we were supposed to be doing.”
Ben Brown bagged four three-pointers in leading Middle Tennessee Christian with 29 points while Derrick Spears, a Mr. Basketball finalist last year, scored 25 as the Cougars climbed to 8-0.
“They’ve played as many games as we’ve had practices with all of our guys,” said Johnson, who was missing much of his team early on because of football.
Gregory Elliot led Friendship with 10 points while Joseph McNamee scored six, Andrew Wood and Brady Stovall five each, Mackey Bentley and Michael Hawks four apiece and Cody Walker and Adam Neal three each.
Friendship will play host to Donelson Christian on Friday night at the Bay Family Sportsplex.
Saints succumb in fourth quarter
MURFREESBORO — Mt. Juliet Christian’s boys rallied in the third quarter only to lose the lead in the fourth as host Providence Christian prevailed 65-56 Tuesday night.
Providence, coached by former MJCA baseball coach Mike Jones, led 12-8 following the first quarter and 27-20 at halftime before the Saints surge in front 43-40 going into the fourth. But the Lions used a 25-13 fourth to drop Mt. Juliet Christian to 5-4.
“Providence was better than us and outhustled us,” Mt. Juliet Christian coach Paul Christensen said.
Ethan Hennis hit two three-pointers in leading the Lions with 24 points. Point guard Jake Johnson scored 17, forward Payton Thomas 11 and post Kipp Swafford 10.
Justus Willis sank five triples in leading Mt. Juliet Christian with 21 points while post Newman Ward stepped outside to hit a pair of threes as part of his 14. Center Zack Jones added 11 while Nathan Green and Drew Headrick each threw in three and Wyatt Oberg and Gilbert Russ two apiece.
Mt. Juliet Christian will travel to Eagleville on Saturday. The game was rescheduled from Friday due to a drama production at MJCA.