Lebanon’s boys seized control of Shelbyville with a 10-0 run in the first quarter and put the Golden Eagles away with 12 straight to end the first half in a 65-28 triumph at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court on Tuesday night.
DaShawn McMurry led Lebanon with 16 points. He hit half of his four three-pointers in the first quarter to ignite the Blue Devils to a 15-6 lead. KeShawn Abston finished with 15, including a pair of triples, both of which came in the second quarter to lift LHS to a 37-16 halftime cushion.
“Both of those guys have played well the last few ballgames,” Lebanon coach Jim McDowell said after his Blue Devils won their fourth straight to improve to 7-2 going into Christmas break. “They both play well together.”
Eddie McDaniels, who added eight points, gives Lebanon added versatility in the backcourt where he has moved to the point on occasion.
“The versatility with those guys has been big for us, being able to [push] the basketball and shoot from the perimeter. It’s caused us to be a tough matchup.”
Lebanon made sure the Golden Eagles fell to 3-9 by putting together another 12-0 run early in the second half.
“Once we were able to get into our press and make it more of a fullcourt game…I don’t think they were comfortable at that pace,” McDowell said. “We were able to play a lot of guys in the fourth quarter.”
Kadarian Garnett scored seven points, Corvell Huddleston six, Mickell Taylor and Drake Allen four each, Bryce Lester a three-pointer and Kobe Neuble two.”
“Through our first nine games, I feel good about where we’re at right now,” said McDowell, whose Blue Devils will be at the Lenoir City Christmas Tournament for three games starting the day after Christmas.
Lebanon will open at 4:30 p.m. CST Dec. 26 against Bledsoe County, which was 8-1 going into its Tuesday-night game. Soddy-Daisy or Lenoir City will await on Dec. 27 with McMinn Central, Smith County, Grace Christian or Franklin Road Academy waiting in the wings on the 28th.