Lebanon’s boys went on a big run to close the first half Tuesday night as the Blue Devils pulled away from visiting Hendersonville 68-45 in the District 9-AAA opener for both teams at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.
The Blue Devils led 18-15 following the first quarter. Hendersonville was within 30-24 with about 2 ½ minutes left in the second before Lebanon opened a 43-27 halftime margin as the home team improved to 4-2 for the season.
“We played 10 guys and you saw a lot of their guys holding onto their shorts,” Lebanon coach Jim McDowell said. “We really emphasized playing 32 minutes tonight. That’s the best 32 minutes of basketball we’ve played by far.
“We shot the ball well. We really executed out offense well. We got the right people the shots we wanted them to.”
DeShawn McMurry poured in 24 points, including five three-pointers, for Lebanon, which hit 13 triples in 21 shots for the night. KeShawn Abston and Kadarian Garnett each posted 11 points with both hitting a couple of threes. One of Abston’s threes came three steps beyond midcourt at the halftime buzzer.
Jemel Officer scored six points, Donovan Blair five in relief of a foul-plagued Corvell Huddleston, Eddie McDaniels four, Bryce Lester a three and Huddleston and Mickell Taylor two each.
Justin Long hit Hendersonville’s only two triples as he led the Commandos with 18 points while Braden White sank 6 of 8 free throws on his way to 10 as the visitors fell to 4-2.
Lebanon will travel to Wilson Central on Friday night.
Williams breaks out in Wildcat road win
HENDERSONVILLE — Jacob Williams and Ben Palmer combined for 39 points to lift Wilson Central to a District 9-AAA opening 48-44 win at Beech on Tuesday night.
Williams, nominated for the McDonald’s All-American game, had his best scoring outing of the season with 21 points, including four three-pointers, and seven steals. Palmer produced 18 points.
Central stormed out to a 15-5 first-quarter lead. The Wildcats were up 26-18 at halftime and 35-30 going into the fourth.
A.J. Franklin finished with four points, Jon Rosshirt three and Matthew Hall two. Rosshirt racked up eight assists while Casey Brandon had six steals.
Central will play host to Lebanon in the Wildcats’ home opener Friday night.
Price powers Purple Tigers past Red Boiling Springs
WATERTOWN — Freshman Seth Price led Watertown to a 62-44 win over Red Boiling Springs in the Purple Tigers’ District 8-A opener Tuesday night.
Price poured in 21 points, including two three-pointers and 7-of-8 from the free throw line, and passed for four assists. Senior Ty Jobe took down 12 rebounds and hit a pair of threes while Dylan Speck dropped in three triples as each scored 15.
Hunter Warren scored seven points while Zach Edwards added four points and four assists.
Watertown will travel to new district member Merrol Hyde in Hendersonville on Friday night. The girls will tip off at 6 p.m.
New sport, same winning as Trousdale tops Friendship
HARTSVILLE — Trousdale County finally played its basketball opener Tuesday night after getting its football players back from the school’s 10th state championship.
Though they’re playing a different game now, the Yellow Jackets’ winning ways continued in a 59-33 win over Friendship Christian.
Christian Lauderdale, Trousdale’s kicker, kicked the basketball Jackets into high gear with 28 points, including a pair of three-pointers and 10-of-14 free throws. Forward Ricky Harrison had 12.
Adam Neal scored seven points, Tyler Alverson six; Mackey Bentley, Gregory Elliott, Brady Stovall and Cody Walker four each and Zack Blair and Andrew Wood two apiece for the Commanders, who fell to 0-5.
Trousdale will play host to Mt. Juliet Christian on Thursday. Friendship won’t play again until Dec. 20 when the Commanders will get a rematch with the Yellow Jackets at the Bay Family Sportsplex.
Golden Bears drop 9-AAA opener in OT
GALLATIN — Davonte Williams’ overtime three-pointer lifted Gallatin to a 49-46 win over Mt. Juliet in the District 9-AAA opener Tuesday night.
The Green Wave led 9-6 following the first quarter, 18-16 at halftime and 33-31 going into the fourth before the teams went into overtime tied at 43-43.
Williams, Robert Clayton and Dedarius Redding each tossed in 10 points for Gallatin.
Reagan Johnson’s 15 points led Mt. Juliet. Nolan Chowbay notched nine points, John Mark Bell and James Womack each scored seven, Daniel Schroder four and Austin Brown and Ben Harned two each.
Mt. Juliet will play host to Portland on Friday night.
Jones’ 28 leads Saints to five-point win
MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet Christian’s boys outscored Zion Christian 74-69 Tuesday night.
The Saints led 18-16 following the first quarter, 33-27 at halftime and 52-45 through three as they improved to 7-4.
Zack Jones totaled 29 points and Newman Ward 13 for Mt. Juliet Christian. Justus Willis notched nine, Landon Boyd and Drew Headrick six each, Nathan Green five, Alex Graves four and Wyatt Oberg two.
Alex McKelvy connected on five three-pointers in leading Zion with 25 points while Hunter Moser scored 16 and Joey Penrod 11.
Mt. Juliet Christian will travel to Hartsville to take on Trousdale County on Thursday night with the girls tipping off at 6 p.m.