Science Hill was firing on all cylinders from long range on the opening night of the Kia Shootout.
Senior guards C.J. Good and Will Adams each made five 3-pointers and scored 21 points to help the Hilltoppers defeat Cleveland, 83-64, at the Science Hill gym on Friday.
Adams made three treys in the second quarter and scored 13 points while helping Science Hill (16-1) build a 43-27 halftime lead, and his fifth trey — from the left corner via an inbounds pass from Good — gave the Hilltoppers a 63-37 lead with 1:45 left in the third quarter.
Cleveland (7-2), led by athletic 6-foot-5 Jahmal Johnson (21 points), answered with a 12-0 run, and was within 10 points (65-55) with 4:57 left in the game after Kendrick Thompson’s third 3-pointer in a 2:50 span. Johnson, who got seven of his 12 rebounds at the offensive end, scored 12 points in the third period, including Cleveland’s final eight.
Good stretched Science Hill’s lead to 68-55 with a trey and then had a steal and assisted a Calving Songster basket for a 15-point advantage with 3:29 left.
Songster finished with 14 points and made three 3-pointers. Reed Hayes (13 points, five assists, four rebounds) also had one of Science Hill’s 14 treys.
Good, who is nearing 300 career 3-pointers, scored 14 points and made four treys in the second half.
“We know teams are gonna key on him and they’re not gonna give him a lot of looks,” Science Hill coach Ken Cutlip said. “He just has to keep working and working, and eventually his teammates are able to find him when he does break free. I thought we did a good job of finding the open man.
“Will hit some big shots for us in the first half from the perimeter when C.J. wasn’t getting a lot of looks. And then Calvin stepped up and hit some big shots as well.”
Good’s night included driving in transition as far as the clock permitted before pulling up for a 15-foot buzzer-beater that gave the Hilltoppers a 16-15 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Another crowd favorite was Adams’ transition layup via a length-of-the-court inbounds baseball pass from Hayes, which put the ‘Toppers up 77-60 with 1:55 left.
Good had five assists. His brother, freshman point guard Patrick Good, had four assists and three steals.
Point guard C.J. Bryant made three treys en route to 15 points for Cleveland. Thompson finished with 11 points. Johnson also had three blocked shots, a dunk and a driving finger-roll to end the third period.
“He really hurt us on the boards,’ Cutlip said. “I mean, he was a load.”
Science Hill will face more of a size disadvantage tonight against Oak Ridge (7 p.m.).
“That’s an extremely tough matchup,” Cutlip said. “They have really athletic, quick guards. I feel like we have that. They have a really strong inside game. We’re gonna counter that with really quick guards. We’ll have to work really hard on the boards.”
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Former Sweetwater and Tennessee player Aaron Green’s Wildcats (9-1) shut out the Indians in the fourth quarter, helping them end the game on a 16-1 run.
Junior 6-foot-6, 215-pound left-handed post Isaac Merian and 6-foot-8 senior center Nick Bradley scored 13 points apiece for the Wildcats. Shooting guard Cory Fagan made three 3-pointers en route to 10 points.
“We’ve got a long way to go, but coming in and playing two quality teams like Science Hill and Dobyns-Bennett is going to help you get better,” Green said. “It’s gonna expose some of your weaknesses. We’ve got a good team and we’ve got a balanced team. We’ve got a lot of guys that can hurt you and we’ve got some depth … but it’ll be a little bit different animal tomorrow night.
“(Science Hill) shoots it really well. That separates them. They shoot it really good in transition and they cause a lot of turnovers that leads to buckets. … It’ll be a good game.”
D-B was playing without 6-foot-3 Tyleke Love (no longer on team) and 6-foot-4 A.J. Anderson (suspension). The Indians (6-2) were led by Thomas Palmer’s 12 points.
Dobyns-Bennett plays Cleveland today at 5:30 p.m.
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Robert Brandon poured in 29 points and Dominique Gooch added 20 for Siegel, which improved to 11-1. John Simpson added 16 points.
Gate City (2-3) got eight points apiece from Cody Mays and Luke Ervin. Siegel and Gate City were each playing only one game in the Shootout.