WATERTOWN — Watertown’s fast start was a distant memory by the time DeKalb County came home with a 45-42 victory Friday afternoon in the consolation round of the fourth annual Watertown Christmas Tournament.
The Purple Tigers jumped to an 8-0 lead, but DeKalb County closed the margin to 10-7 by the first-quarter break and was ahead 22-16 by halftime and 34-24 before Watertown freshman Ty Love tipped in a miss 1.5 seconds before the third-period buzzer.
Ethan Roller was on a roll for DeKalb with 26 points, including five three-pointers, two of which came during the second quarter.
Ty Jobe swished home three triples, including one at the final buzzer, in pacing the Purple Tigers with 22 points while pulling down 15 rebounds.
Love and Dylan Speck each scored six points, Seth Price three, Brandon George and Hunter Warren two apiece and Zach Edwards a free throw as Watertown slipped to 6-7 going into this morning’s 11:30 a.m. seventh-place game against Gordonsville, which lost to Livingston Academy 62-56 earlier Friday. LA and DeKalb will meet at 2:30 p.m. to decide fifth place.
The Purple Tigers were coming off a 62-55 loss to Boyd Christian late Thursday night to fall into the consolation bracket.
Boyd led 14-12 following the first quarter, 26-22 at halftime and 46-43 through three as the Broncos moved into last night’s late semifinal against Meigs County with a 10-7 mark.
Jobe tossed in 20 points, Price 13 [including the Tigers’ only two three-pointers] and Edwards 12. George and Speck each finished with four points and Warren and Brant Martin two apiece.
Blue Devils surge into Lenoir City finals
LENOIR CITY — Lebanon’s boys gained more traction in the second half to put some distance ahead of host Lenoir City in a 59-46 semifinal win in the home team’s Christmas tournament Friday night.
The Blue Devils led 17-14 following the first quarter and 29-23 at halftime before widening the margin to 48-35 going into the fourth as they advanced to tonight’s 7:30 p.m. CST title game against 12-2 McMinn Central, which edged Franklin Road Academy by one point in last night’s other semifinal.
“They’re athletic,” Lebanon coach Jim McDowell said of the Chargers. “It’ll be a tough challenge for us.
“Our guys are playing well right now. Our chemistry is our strong suit. We’re doing a good job of sharing the basketball. Our press is doing a good job of establishing a pace.”
Big man Corvell Huddleston established a pace early with 12 of his 16 points in the first half. KeShawn Abston picked up two early fouls before coming back to score eight of his 13 in the second half, hitting a pair of three-pointers along the way.
Kadarian Garnett tossed in 10 points, DaShawn McMurry and Eddie McDaniels seven each, Dawson Hamilton three and Mickell Taylor two.
Drew Brewster stroked in a pair of threes in leading Lenoir City with 16 points.
“They pay a different style,” McDowell said of Panthers. “They push it and shoot a lot of threes. In the first half, we gave up too many offensive rebounds and giving up second shots.
“I was proud of how we did a better job on the boards. KeShawn Abston is the guy who really came on in the second half and made some plays.”
Wildcats rout Jackson County with 29-8 third quarter, play for Nera White title tonight
LAFAYETTE — Wilson Central’s boys blew Jackson County away in the third quarter and five Wildcats scored in double figures in an 85-51 Nera White Tournament semifinal victory Friday at Macon County.
Jackson County stayed within 19-15 in the first quarter and 34-28 at halftime before a 29-8 third period launched Central to a 63-36 lead as the Wildcats climbed into tonight’s championship game with an 8-3 mark.
Jacob Williams tossed in two three-pointers and grabbed six rebounds in leading Central with 17 points while A.J. Franklin fired in four triples and swiped four steals in route to 15 points.
Deante Miller finished with a team-leading five steals to go with 13 points. Jon Rosshirt racked up nine assists and four steals as he and Ben Palmer each posted 12 points.
Cortez Owens and Jacob Thompson finished with four points apiece while Jordan Roundtree threw in a three, Ben Locke two and Tyler Rogers a free throw.
Central will face the winner of last night’s Obion County-Westmoreland contest at 7:30 p.m. tonight as the Wildcats go for their second tournament title in as many weeks. They won the Heritage tournament last weekend.
Friendship outscored by MTCS
COLUMBIA — Middle Tennessee Christian’s high-scoring Cougars kept Friendship Christian winless with a 79-54 verdict Friday afternoon in the Columbia Academy Classic at Anderson Fieldhouse.
MTCS led 29-11 in the first quarter, 48-20 at halftime and 67-38 through three as Friendship fell to 0-7.
Derrick Spears stuck in three 3-pointers in leading Middle Tennessee Christian with 30 points while forward Ben Brown totaled 10. Commander coach Ben Johnson said those two combined for 54 points in the teams’ earlier meeting, meaning Frienship’s defense shaved 14 points from the pair this time.
Big man Andrew Wood’s 16 points paced Friendship while Adam Neal nailed a pair of three-pointers on his way to 13. Gregory Elliott notched nine points, Colton Gaines and Zach Blair seven each and Tyler Alverson two.
Friendship will return today for a 5:45 p.m. tipoff against host Columbia Academy.
Golden Bears fall into Ryan third-place game
NASHVILLE — Mt. Juliet’s boys had trouble getting their offense going Friday night in a 55-37 loss to Blackman in the Father Ryan Christmas Tournament semifinals.
Blackman led 8-5 following the first quarter, 23-10 at halftime and 36-23 through three as Mt . Juliet slipped to 7-6 going into tonight’s 6:15 p.m. third-place game against the loser of last night’s late game between LaVergne and Clarksville. The Blaze will catch the winner afterward in the championship tilt.
Lukas Hart hit a pair of three-pointers in leading Blackman with 16 points while Isaiah Hart and Reid Pierce each put in 15.
Nolan Chowbay knocked down four three-pointers in pacing Mt. Juliet with 14 poins while John Mark Bell threw in 13 and Reagan Johnson 12. Daniel Schroder supplied six.