Joseph Harless came through with 20 points, while the Bucs got 16 points from Kaleb Meredith, 12 from Marshall Fleenor and seven from Jake Hubbard.
“Charlie Vargo played like a man tonight,” University High coach Justin Penley said. “Probably his best game of the year and it’s when we needed it the most.”
The Cherokees’ Tyler Cullen led all scorers with 32 points and Trey Presnell posted a 19-point effort. Greenback, however, couldn’t overcome a determined UH squad that led 44-39 at the half and hit 8 of 21 from 3-point range.
“I’m extremely proud of our guys to go on the road and win as a No. 4 seed,” Penley said. “I thought we played with great energy, great enthusiasm. I thought rebounding was key. The end of the game, we were able to keep them off the glass.”
Elizabethton 58, South Greene 56
GREENEVILLE — Adam Cornett hit a pair of free throws with nine seconds left and the Elizabethton defense forced the Rebels’ Lorenz Bank to launch an off-balance shot at the buzzer in their Region 1-AA quarterfinal matchup.
Evan Perkins led the Cyclones with 18 points. Nico Ashley contributed 12 points and Eric Wilson ended with 10 points. Parker Hughes scored eight and Cornett accounted for six in the win.
“Our kids played through a lot of adversity,” Elizabethton coach Lucas Honeycutt said. “They got down early, but they never quit and came away with a big road win in the tournament.”
Jake Standridge paced the Rebels with 16 points. Bank had 14 and Landon Brown ended with a dozen.
Morristown East 84, David Crockett 71
MORRISTOWN —Despite a standout effort from sophomore McHale Bright, the Pioneers couldn't steal a road victory.
Bright led Crockett with 24 points, but East’s Conner Jordan responded with a 41-point outburst. Andrew Carpenter totaled 15 and Cameron Rymer added 13 for the Hurricanes, who advance to play Science Hill.
Tee Johnson added 11 for the Pioneers, who finished the season with a record of 14-15.
Dobyns-Bennett 61, South-Doyle 53
KINGSPORT — Riamello Wadsworth scored 22 points as the Indians overcame a tough challenge from the Cherokees in the Region 1-AAA quarterfinal at the Buck Van Huss Dome.
Charlie Browder had 14 points and Marae Foreman added 10 in the D-B victory.
Kendrick Holland with 16 points and Noah Wilkerson with 11 were the only South-Doyle players to reach double figures.
Chuckey-Doak 66, Johnson County 64
MOUNTAIN CITY — Karter Maupin came up with a steal and layup on the other end at the buzzer as the Black Knights stunned the homestanding Longhorns in the Region 1-AA quarterfinal.
Blake Atwood had 21 points, five assists and five rebounds. Bud Icenhour also totaled 21 points for Johnson County.
Jordan Edes-King had 10 points and eight rebounds. Lucas Phillips added eight points, including a game-tying 3-pointer with 38 seconds left.
Jacob Willett and Maupin finished with 16 points apiece for Doak. Devin Jennings recorded a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Grainger 70, Happy Valley 45
RUTLEDGE — The big and athletic Grizzlies were able to get the measure of the Warriors in the Region 1-AA quarterfinal.
Bryce Carter led Happy Valley with 14 points. Brayden Sams and Jake Surcey each had 11 points for the Warriors.
Sullivan North 63, Hancock Co. 50
KINGSPORT — The Golden Raiders pulled away from the Indians in the fourth quarter to advance in the Region 1-A tournament.
Thomas Brown and Matt Burk led North with 21 points apiece. Justin Cross chipped in 10.
Gage Maloney led Hancock County with 16 points and Josh Webb was right behind with 15 points.
Cosby 67, Hampton 64
COSBY — Dru Owens posted a 33-point effort, including six shots from 3-point range, but the Bulldogs weren’t quite able to pull off the upset against the Eagles.
Gavin Hardin and Jaydon Livingston finished with eight points each and Hunter Davenport ended with six.
Ty Way had 25 points and Isaiah Benjamin tallied 20 to lead Cosby.
Tri-Cities Christian 75, Temple Baptist 54
NASHVILLE — Foiling longtime rival Temple Baptist Academy, Tri-Cities Christian laid claim to the TAACS Class AA state championship Saturday afternoon.
Tournament Most Valuable Player Isaac Hatfield fashioned a 23-point, 10-rebound double-double for the Eagles, who finished with a 16-9 record.
Aaron Rose also recorded a double-double, amassing 14 points and 10 boards, while Caleb Rose totaled 16 points. Both players joined Hatfield and Drew Correll on the all-tournament team.
Up five points (19-14) at the close of the first quarter, Tri-Cities broke things open with a 19-4 second quarter.
All-tournament picks Jon Nicely (20 points, four 3-pointers) and Seth Sullivan (13 points) showed the way for Temple.