LENOIR CITY — Showing no signs of post-holiday blues, Lebanon’s boys blistered Bledsoe County 70-46 Thursday in the opening round of the Lenoir City Christmas Tournament.
The Blue Devils bolted to an 18-9 first-quarter lead and went up 43-21 at halftime as they moved to 8-2 for the season and advanced to tonight’s 7:30 p.m. CST semifinal between the winner of last night’s late game between Soddy-Daisy and host Lenoir City.
Eddie McDaniels dropped in three 3-pointers as he led a balanced Blue Devil offense with 13 points. DaShawn McMurry sank two triples on his way to 12 points while finishing with five steals. Big man Corvell Huddleston had 10 points and seven rebounds.
KeShawn Abston knocked down three triples for his nine points while Kadarian Garnett, Mickell Taylor and Tay Jackson each scored six, Bryce Lester and Ethan Steele a three-pointer apiece and Jemel Officer two.
Blake McCloud connected on a pair of threes in leading Bledsoe with 16 points while Eric Hale had 12 as the Warriors dropped to 10-2.
Williams’ 40 lifts Central to Nera White semifinals
LAFAYETTE — Jacob Williams poured in 40 points Thursday night to help lift Wilson Central’s boys past host Macon County 87-61 in the opening round of the Nera White Tournament.
Williams sank 16 of 22 shots, including half of his six three-point attempts, and all five free throws.
Point guard Jon Rosshirt threw in 13 points while racking up eight rebounds and six assists. Big man Ben Palmer powered in 12 as the Wildcats climbed to 7-3 and advanced to tonight’s 7:30 p.m. semifinal against Jackson County, a 55-51 winner over Trousdale County earlier Thursday.
Central led 18-16 following the first quarter before the Wildcats used a 23-10 second to open a 41-26 halftime margin.
A.J. Franklin finished with nine points for Central while Cortez Owens added five, Deante Miller four and Preston Reed and Ben Locke two each.
Evan Perrigo threw in 23 points for Macon County, coached by former Lebanon assistant Jason Welch, as the Tigers fell to 4-9.
Boyd drops Purple Tigers into consolation round
WATERTOWN — Boyd Christian’s boys dropped Watertown into the consolation round of the Purple Tigers’ fourth-annual Christmas Tournament with a 62-55 victory late Thursday night.
The Broncos led 14-12 following the first quarter, 26-22 at halftime and 46-43 going into the fourth as they improved to 10-7 while the Tigers slipped to 6-6.
Ty Jobe tossed in 20 points and secured six rebounds for Watertown while Seth Price put in both of the Tigers’ three-pointers on his way to 12 points while Zach Edwards added 11.
Brandon George and Dylan Speck each finished with four points while Brant Martin and Hunter Warren tossed in two apiece.
Watertown will face DeKalb County, a 64-59 loser to Meigs County earlier Thursday, at 2:30 p.m. today in the consolation round while Boyd and Meigs meet in the 8:30 nightcap.
Schroder helps Mt. Juliet to Father Ryan semifinals
NASHVILLE — Daniel Schroder turned in a strong scoring night with 23 points Thursday to help lift Mt. Juliet past Memphis University School 63-63 in the opening round of the Father Ryan Christmas Tournament.
The game was close throughout with Mt. Juliet ahead 18-17 following the first quarter, 32-27 at halftime and 49-44 going into the fourth as the Golden Bears moved to 7-5 for the season and advanced to tonight’s 6:15 p.m. semifinal against Blackman, a 47-27 victor over Independence earlier Thursday.
John Mark Bell swished home three 3-pointers in adding 13 points for Mt. Juliet while Reagan Johnson tossed in 12 and Nolan Chowbay 11, also with three triples mixed in. James Womack finished with four points and Austin Brown two.