It appeared Lebanon’s boys would follow homecoming ceremonies with a win over Beech on Friday night.
But the Buccaneers weathered a torrid Blue Devil start and got two big three-pointers from Parker Henry, one to force overtime and the other to end a 59-57 Buccaneers victory in the second OT at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.
Lebanon led 15-6 following the first quarter before Beech battled to within 33-30 by halftime. The Buccaneers led 40-36 going into the fourth. Corvell Huddleston’s two free throws gave LHS a three-point play, which Henry erased with his three with a second remaining.
Kadarian Garnett’s three-pointer put Lebanon up by one in the second overtime before Henry won it for Beech. The Blue Devils had a chance to break a 52-52 tie in the second overtime, but rimmed out a 15-footer at the buzzer.
Lebanon lost despite getting 12 three-pointers from five Blue Devils. But the Blue Devils were called for 10 first-half fouls to Beech’s one. The Bucs hit 19 of 26 free throws while LHS shot just four from the line all night. Lebanon coach Jim McDowell said that was because his guys didn’t go inside enough.
“With our being undersized, and we do rely on the perimeter quit a bit,” McDowell said after his Blue Devils dropped to 11-4 for the season and 2-2 in District 9-AAA. “We have six guys, if they have the open look, they have the green light to shoot the open three.
“We’ve got to do a better job of attacking the basket and getting to the free-throw line. We’ve got to do a better job of getting the ball inside.”
Henry poured in 20 points, including three triples. Philip Bates threw in 13 points and Drew Pentecost 11 as Beech improved to 11-7, 2-4.
Garnett connected on a pair of threes in leading Lebanon with 12 points. DaShawn McMurry and Mickell Taylor each threw in three triples as they and Huddleston had nine apiece. KeShawn Abston and Jemel Officer posted matching lines of two triples and eight points. Eddie McDaniels dropped in two points.
Lebanon, which will play host to Mt. Juliet in a makeup game tonight, has rescheduled its Gallatin snowout from earlier this week for Jan. 25.
Wildcats roll past Portland
GLADEVILLE — Wilson Central’s boys returned to action following an icy-induced break and stayed in the thick of the District 9-AAA race by beating visiting Portland 54-25 Friday night.
The Wildcats led 9-4 following the first quarter, 27-15 at halftime and 44-23 going into the fourth as they climbed to 11-3 for the season and 3-1 in the district.
Jacob Williams tossed in 21 points while fellow guard Jon Rosshirt added 11 for Central. Matthew Hall and Ben Palmer each had six points, Preston Reed three; Ben Locke, Cortez Owens and Jordan Roundtree two apiece and Deante Miller a free throw.
Devante Stewart scored 12 points for Portland.
Central will have little time for rest as the Wildcats will travel to Murfreesboro today to take on Siegel in a makeup game. The girls will tip off at noon.
Purple Tigers overcome foul trouble to beat Gordonsville
GORDONSVILLE — Watertown’s boys survived first-half foul trouble and completed a two-night sweep of District 8-A rivals by beating Gordonsville 70-64 Friday night.
The teams were even for three quarters. But Watertown, coming off a one-point home win over Merrol Hyde 24 hours earlier, outscored the host Tigers 16-9 in the second to open a nine-point lead before settling for a 31-24 halftime advantage.
“What’s funny about the second quarter is we had big-time foul trouble,” said Watertown coach Matt Bradshaw, alluding to Dylan Speck and Hunter Warren. “I thought we were in trouble at that point. Josh Edwards had a huge second quarter to keep us alive in the second quarter.”
Freshman point guard Seth Price poured in 20 points, including a pair of three-pointers, for the Purple Tigers. Speck finished with 15 despite the fouls, the second straight strong outing for the junior post. Ty Jobe added 11 points while Edwards notched nine, Warren six, Brandon George four, Colin Jennings a three-pointer and Ty Love two as Watertown pulled even at 9-9 for the season and moved to 4-1 in District 8-A, good for second place in the district behind undefeated Goodpasture.
“Our kids fought hard all night long,” Bradshaw said. “They a good job of putting the ball in the basket.
“It was a big win for our kids.”
Big man Colt Nokes led four Gordonsville Tigers in double figures with 17 points. Hunter Woodard scored 16 and D.J. Williams 14 as each sank a pair of threes. Austin Vaden tossed in 12.
“We did a good job in the second half controlling [Nokes],” Bradshaw said. “[Gordonsville’s] a tough place to play. It’s definitely a tough place to go and win. It’s a fun place to go play, a good atmosphere.”
Watertown will travel to another historically good atmosphere, Pickett County, on Tuesday night.
DCA boys pull away from Friendship in second half
DONELSON — After keeping Donelson Christian somewhat in check during the first half, Friendship Christian’s boys were deluged in the second half in a 62-23 loss in the Commanders’ inaugural East-Middle District 1-A game.
DCA led 12-7 following the first quarter and 24-15 before Jordan Holladay hit a three-pointer at halftime. But the Wildcats outscored Friendship 17-4 in the third quarter and 35-8 in the fourth as FCS fell to 0-10.
“We had our best first half,” Commander coach Ben Johnson said. “We slowed it way down.
“They’re a lot bigger than I thought they were going to be.”
Clay Hertel hit three triples in leading DCA with 27 points while Luke Charlton chipped in with 11, including three second-half threes, as the Wildcats climbed to 11-2.
Andrew Wood’s 13 points in the post paced Friendship while Colton Gaines finished with four and Cody Walker, Gregory Elliott and Michael Hawks two each.
Friendship will next travel to Mt. Juliet Christian on Tuesday.
Mt. Juliet hands Station Camp first 9-AAA loss
GALLATIN — Mt. Juliet's tough schedule paid big dividends Friday night.
The Golden Bears won a nip-and-tuck tussle on the road at host Station Camp, hitting enough free throws and playing strong defense down the stretch to nail down a 55-53 win in District 9-AAA.
Reagan Johnson had 20 points - most of which came in the second half - as Mt. Juliet raised its record to 10-6, 3-1 in the district. More importantly, it also gave Station Camp (13-5, 4-1) its first district loss.
"We just made some free throws down the stretch and got about four straight defensive stops," Mt. Juliet coach Troy Allen said. "I thought our experience paid off tonight."
The game was expected to be tight, and it was. Station Camp led 27-25 at halftime, but Mt. Juliet pulled ahead in the third period. The Bears scored only nine points in the quarter, but held a 34-31 edge going to the final period.
After only 13 points were scored in the third quarter, 43 were scored in the fourth.
"We went ahead (in the fourth quarter) and said we were going to pound the ball inside," Allen said.
Johnson was a big key in the second half, but he wasn't the only source of offense. Daniel Schroeder and Nolan Chowbay had 13 and 12 points, respectively, while John Mark Bell and James Womack had six and four points, respectively.
Shivonta Perry led the Bisons with 17 points.
Mt. Juliet will visit Lebanon tonight before playing host to Wilson Central on Tuesday.