LAFAYETTE — Lebanon’s boys showed no letdown from a big victory over a rival less than 24 hours before when the Blue Devils beat host Macon County 71-57 Saturday evening.
The Blue Devils, who won at Wilson Central on Friday, led 22-20 following the first quarter before widening the margin to 40-33 by halftime and 55-43 through three as they improved to 4-2.
Mickell Taylor tossed in four of the Blue Devils’ 11 three-pointers in leading Lebanon with 16 points while Eddie McDaniels dropped in two triples on his way to 13 points and six assists. Center Corvelle Huddleston had 11 points and 10 rebounds while DaShawn McMurry hit a couple of threes in finishing with 10 points. KeShawn Abston scored seven points, Kadarian Garnett five, Dawson Hamilton four, Paul Tribble three and Donovan Blair two.
Macon County, coached by former Lebanon assistant Jason Welch and playing for the third straight day, was led by Michael Ashburn’s 13 points, including three triples. Peyton Clark connected for 12 and Mason Shrum 10 as each hit a pair of threes.
Lebanon will play host to Shelbyville tonight at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.
Williams breaks Central scoring mark
GLADEVILLE — Arlington pulled away from host Wilson Central in the second half for a 64-44 win Saturday night.
But it was a milestone night for the Wildcats anyway as Jacob Williams broke Dee Oldham’s two-year record as Central’s career scoring leader. Williams’ 21 points [he also led his team with eight rebounds] cleared Oldham’s record by nine with most of his senior season still to be played.
Williams is also a McDonald’s All-America nominee. But Arlington has four such players and the Tigers used a 20-7 third quarter to turn a 26-26 tie into a 46-33 lead as Central slipped to 4-3.
Center Ben Palmer put in 11 points for Central while Jordan Roundtree finished with four, A.J. Franklin [seven rebounds] and Cortez Owens three each and Jon Rosshirt two.
Central will travel to Maryville for the Heritage [High] Christmas Tournament whose three-game run starts Thursday.
Tigers fall on buzzer-layup
WATERTOWN — Pickett County scored a layup as time expired to escape Watertown with a 59-57 win Saturday night.
Freshman point guard Seth Price hit a jumper to pull the Purple Tigers into a 57-57 tie with five seconds left before Watertown fell to 5-5 going into Monday night’s trip to Monterey.
Pickett County led 21-12 following the first quarter before the Purple Tigers pulled within 26-25 by halftime. The Bobcats maintained a 49-43 advantage going into the fourth.
Senior Ty Jobe knocked down 19 points and Price finished with 14 as the pair split Watertown’s four three-pointers. Brandon George added eight points while Hunter Warren and Dylan Speck each scored six and Zach Edwards four [with a Tiger-high seven rebounds].
After last night’s game at Burks Middle School [Monterey High’s building has been condemned and a new campus is being constructed], the Tigers will be off until their Dec. 26-28 Christmas Tournament.
Slow start helps sink Saints
MT. JULIET — Red Boiling Springs’ boys used a good first quarter as a springboard to a 57-45 win at Mt. Juliet Christian on Saturday night.
The Bulldogs led 19-8 following the first quarter, 28-17 at halftime and 46-32 through three as the Saints slipped to 8-5.
Zane Roberts racked up five three-pointers in leading Red Boiling Springs with 20 points while Brince Crouch threw in 13.
Zack Jones tossed in 22 points and Newman Ward 10 for Mt. Juliet Christian. Drew Headrick finished with four points, Justus Willis a three and Landon Boyd, Alex Graves and Nathan Green two each.
The teams will get a rematch Friday night at Red Boiling Springs.
McClain falls at Boyd Christian
MCMINNVILLE — Boyd Christian’s boys pulled away to a 74-43 win over visiting McClain Christian on Friday night.
The Broncos led 13-12 following the first quarter before pulling away to a 39-21 halftime advantage and a 60-40 spread entering the fourth as the Bulldogs dropped to 0-6.
“[The] team played with tremendous heart and effort,” McClain coach Scott Liptrap said. “[It] was a positive learning experience where young men were given a proper opportunity to compete and grow. That is what is should be every game.”
Charlie Booher threw in 13 points for McClain while Anthony Haffner had 12 points and seven rebounds. Evan Tubb added 11 points.
McClain is scheduled to play host to Red Boiling Springs on Thursday night at Immanuel Baptist Church.