MT. JULIET — The late Pittsburgh Pirates broadcaster Bob Prince used to punctuate each Bucs victory by saying "We had them all the way", even if Pittsburgh had to score nine times in the ninth inning.
Mt. Juliet's boys appeared to have Beech's Bucs in control until the visitors made a strong fourth-quarter surge to leave the Golden Bears happy with a 51-44 victory Friday night.
The Bears used a pair of 7-0 third-quarter runs to turn an 18-17 halftime edge into a 44-27 cushion late in the period as Daniel Schroder scored half of his 18 points during the stanza.
But Beech ran off a 12-0 run and drew to within 47-44 on Philip Baites' one-hander with a minute to play. Baites had all 12 of his points in the second half, 10 in the fourth.
Mt. Juliet's James Womack split a pair of free throws and Nolan Chowbay one to send the Golden Bears to their ninth win against six losses and 2-1 in District 9-AAA.
"I didn't call a timeout, probably," Mt. Juliet coach Troy Allen said. "I thought we were taking good shots. We were missing free throws in that stretch.
"They got a couple of offensive rebounds. I thought we made it hard for them to score pretty much every time down the floor. I'm proud of them. I thought we played pretty well."
The first half was a typical Mt. Juliet grind-it-out game as the teams traded leads throughout. Reagan Johnson's laying in the final minute put the Bears up going into halftime.
"We hadn't pressed much because we've played a pretty intense schedule in the preseason, probably as good as anybody," Allen said. "We weren't playing teams we could press. Our plan was to come out in the third quarter and press them and pick up the tempo and I thought it really worked. It got us the lead and we held on.
"We're a good free-throw shooting team and we didn't make them today."
Johnson added 11 points for Mt. Juliet while Chowbay and John Mark Bell each notched nine on a combined five three-pointers and Womack three free throws.
Drew Pentecost posted up for 13 points to lead the Buccaneers, who fell to 8-7, 0-4.
Mt. Juliet will travel to Hendersonville on Tuesday and Station Camp next Friday before paying a makeup visit to Lebanon's Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court next Saturday, weather permitting.
Blue Devils drop fourth-quarter decision at league-leading Station Camp
GALLATIN — Station Camp's boys took control in the fourth quarter to defeat visiting Lebanon 53-43 Friday night.
Lebanon led 37-35 going into the fourth before the Bison finished off the Blue Devils with an 18-6 period to improve to 13-4 for the season and into sole possession of the District 9-AAA lead at 4-0.
"They did a better job of executing in the fourth quarter and that comes down to me," Lebanon coach Jim McDowell said after his Blue Devils dropped to 10-3, 2-1.
No one dominated scoring for the Bison, who received 12 points from Shivonta Perry, 11 from former Blue Devil Yalen Reed and 10 from Bo Hodges. McDowell credited the defense of Kadarian Garnett and Corvell Huddleston with holding leading scorer Kyle Anderton to seven points, nine below his average.
"They were definitely balanced," McDowell said of the Bison. "They did a good job of taking away some of the stuff we had been scoring on the first half of the year.
"But by the time you get into district play, there are no secrets."
Eddie McDaniels, playing all 32 minutes after KeShawn Abston injured his foot during practice Thursday, led Lebanon with 13 points while Garnett tossed in 10, including a pair of three-pointers. Huddleston, another 32-minute iron man, added eight points while Jemel Officer sank a pair of threes for his six, DaShawn McMurry four and Mickell Taylor two.
McDowell said Abston, Lebanon's second-leading scorer, did not break any bones.
"It definitely affected us, but that's not an excuse by any means," said McDowell, whose Blue Devils will return to Sumner County on Tuesday to visit Gallatin before playing host to Beech next Friday and Mt. Juliet in a makeup game Saturday at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court, weather permitting. Station Camp is scheduled to go to Wilson Central on Tuesday.
Wildcats pick up road win at Gallatin
GALLATIN — Wilson Central's boys jumped to a first-quarter lead Friday night and kept Gallatin at bay in a 52-43 victory Friday night.
The Wildcats led 9-4 following the first quarter, 22-19 at halftime and 37-29 through three as they climbed to 9-3 for the season, 2-1 in District 9-AAA.
Ben Palmer posted up for 18 points inside for Central while Jacob Williams swished home a pair of three-pointers on his way to 16 from outside and point guard Jon Rosshirt added 11. Deante Miller threw in three points and Casey Brandon and Cortez Owens two each.
Devonte Williams hit a pair of threes in leading Gallatin with 14 points while Robert Clayton added 11 as the Green Wave slipped to 12-3, 3-1.
Central is scheduled to play host to Station Camp on Tuesday night.
Purple Tigers fall at Goodpasture
MADISON — Watertown's boys fell behind early, fought back and then watched host Goodpasture pull away for a 79-47 victory in District 8-A on Friday night.
The Purple Tigers (6-9, 2-1) cut a 17-point deficit to 34-27 by halftime, but the Cougars held on, going on a 15-0 run at some point to take command.
"The first quarter, they came out and four straight 3s and built the lead," Watertown coach Matt Bradshaw said. "We did a good job cutting the lead, and then hit they hit a 3 right before the end of the half. It wasn't that we did one thing bad, but we just stopped putting the ball in the basket."
Ty Jobe and Seth Price had 13 points apiece for Watertown while Dylan Speck added eight. Zach Edwards had four points, Hunter Warren added three and Brandon George, Colin Jennings and Ty Love had two apiece.
"We just kinda stalled out scoring," Bradshaw said, "but they're a really good basketball team. I was pleased with our effort. We had a stretch late in the third quarter that hurt us."
Watertown will visit Westmoreland on Monday before playing host to another new 8-A member Merrol Hyde on Tuesday.