HENDERSONVILLE — Lebanon’s boys used a balanced attack to knock off host Hendersonville 65-56 Tuesday night.
The Commandos jumped to a 9-3 getaway and led 16-15 following the first quarter before Lebanon edged in front 28-25 by halftime and 47-42 going into the fourth as the Blue Devils improved to 13-5 for the season and 5-3 in District 9-AAA.
“They played mostly a 2-3 and 3-2 zone the whole game,” Lebanon coach Jim McDowell said. “Our guys did a good job moving the basketball around and attacking.
“In the second half, our pressure bothered them.”
DaShawn McMurry dropped in half of Lebanon’s 10 three-pointers in leading the Blue Devils with 19 points while Kadarian Garnett collected 18 and Corvell Huddleston 10. KeShawn Abston, coming off a turned ankle last Friday at Mt. Juliet, added eight, including a pair of threes, while Eddie McDaniels finished with four and Mickell Taylor and Paul Tribble a trey apiece.
In addition to the threes, the Blue Devils dropped in 13 of 15 free throws.
Braden White threw in three triples in leading Hendersonville with 18 points while Jacob McCullough connected on two threes on his way to 16.
“We hit 10 three-pointers, but we were able to go inside, too, so we had pretty good balance,” said McDowell, noting Hendersonville has a pair of post players 6-foot-5 or taller. “We’re greatly outsized. I was proud of the way Corvell and KK [Garnett] battled inside.”
He also mentioned McMurry’s scoring and the play of Tribble off the bench.
“[Tribble] was big for us defensively, getting a couple of deflections, a couple of steals and a big three-pointer,” McDowell said.
Lebanon will next play host to Wilson Central on Friday night at Campbell Brandon Gym/Hester Gibbs Court.
Lancaster’s McKee buries Commanders with six early threes
Hayden McKee was too hot to handle for Friendship Christian’s boys in the early going Tuesday.
By the time he cooled off, his Lancaster Christian team was on the way to a 74-58 win at the Bay Family Sportsplex.
McKee connected on six long three-pointers in the first quarter and to help Lancaster to a 23-7 lead. He finished with 26 points while Jarred Beard and Isaiah Equaebar each tossed in 12.
“They’re very quick and athletic,” Friendship coach Ben Johnson said of the Knights. “The Hayden kid hit six threes and that was the difference in the game.
“We’re young, so we’re going to be up and down a lot.”
Lancaster built its lead to 45-20 by halftime as Friendship fell to 1-13.
Andrew Wood led Friendship with 19 points in the post while Colton Gaines and Zach Blair each knocked down nine, Joseph McNamee seven [including a pair of threes], Hayden White and Mackey Bentley five apiece, Gregory Elliott three and Tyler Alverson a free throw.
Friendship will travel to Ezell-Harding on Friday for the Eagles’ homecoming. Girls’ tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Due to a mixup on the schedule, both teams had the game listed as homecoming, so Friendship will now celebrate that event Jan. 31 when Knoxville Webb comes to the Sportsplex.
Bear defense grinds Gallatin to halt
MT. JULIET — Mt. Juliet’s boys clamped the defense down on Gallatin as the Golden Bears beat the Green Wave 52-35 Tuesday night.
The Bears led 10-7 following the first quarter and 26-11 at halftime. It was 37-19 going into the fourth as Mt. Juliet moved to 12-8 for the season and 6-3 in District 9-AAA.
Nolan Chowbay threw in three 3-pointers in leading Mt. Juliet with 16 points while Daniel Schroder scored 10, John Mark Bell and Reagan Johnson nine each, James Womack five and Christian Bell a three.
Ladarius House had 11 points to pace Gallatin.
Mt. Juliet will travel to Portland on Friday night.