Tri-Cities Christian defeats Franklin Road Christian for state title

Jeff Birchfield • Mar 1, 2020 at 10:30 AM

SPRINGFIELD — Tournament MVP Drew Correll had 26 points and 11 rebounds as Tri-Cities Christian defeated Franklin Road Christian 69-64 in the TAACS Class AA boys’ state championship game on Saturday.

Gavyn Etter added to the Eagles’ soaring to the crown with 22 points, which included five shots behind the 3-point arc.

Adam Pigeon finished with seven points, 17 rebounds and six assists. The Eagles (18-7) led 38-27 at the half as all three of the aforementioned were named to the all-tournament team along with Brayden Layell.

Noah Tidwell paced the Murfreesboro-based Minutemen with 19 points. Parker Applegate was close behind with 17 points and Tripp Walker added 14.

South-Doyle 62, David Crockett 43

KNOXVILLE — The Pioneers hung tough early, down by two points at the end of the first quarter, before the Cherokees pulled away for the win in the Region 1-AAA quarterfinal.

Kendrick Holland hit 12 of 14 free throws in a 21-point performance to lead South-Doyle. Tony Snapp tallied 18 points and Terrell Brown accounted for 13.

Mason Britton scored 11 points to lead the Pioneers. Showing balance, Eric Dunbar scored nine, followed by Dawson Wagner with eight and Mack Hensley with seven.

Dobyns-Bennett 69, Morristown East 53

KINGSPORT — Abiah Releford led the Indians with 14 points in the Region 1-AAA quarterfinal victory. Sophomore forward Jack Browder equaled freshman Jonavan Gillespie's 13-point night to lend good support. In addition, sophomores Malachi Hale and McKinley Tincher kicked in 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Morristown East was led by the 21-point game of Micah Simpson and the 14-point outing of 6-8 sophomore Braden Ilic.

Sullivan South 67, Claiborne 44

KINGSPORT — The Rebels pulled away in the second quarter and then outscored the Bulldogs 16-1 in the fourth for the convincing win.

Cole Layne had a game-high 22 points to lead the South attack. Ben Diamond shined for 16, while Nick Ellege scored 10 and Cooper Johnson had eight as the Rebels advanced to the Region 1-AA semifinals.

Kade Beeler led the bunch from New Tazewell with 15 points. Braden Williams finished with 10.

Sevier County 76, Tennessee High 57

SEVIERVILLE — The Smoky Bears hit 24 of 30 free throws in capturing the Region 1-AAA win over the Vikings.

Jonathan Zhao paced Sevier County with 27 points. Wes Maples scored 21 and Connor McElhaney finished with 17.

Cole McBrayer ended his season with 17 points, 15 coming from 3-point range, to lead Tennessee High. Nolan Wishon powered his way inside for 16 points. Blake Fauver scored 10 and Aidan Carter netted nine.

Tennessee High ended with five free-throw attempts.

Greeneville 90, Unicoi County 49

GREENEVILLE — Leading by 19 at the half, the boys from Greeneville left Unicoi County feeling blue in the battle of the Devils.

Reid Satterfield led four Greene Devils in double figures with 17 points. He made five of the team’s 10 baskets from 3-point range. Kobi Gillespie produced a 16-point effort, while Austin Loven turned in 12 and Connor Debusk ended with 10 points.

Grant Hensley and Lucas Slagle each scored 10 points to lead the Blue Devils in their Region 1-AA quarterfinal loss.

Grainger 74, Sullivan East 71

RUTLEDGE — An inspired Patriots team pushed the Grizzlies to the limit in the final game of the 36-year coaching career for East’s John Dyer.

Grainger went on a 9-0 game-winning run before a late 3-pointer by East in the Region 1-AA quarterfinal. The Patriots led 38-36 at the half.

Five Grizzlies scored in double digits, led by Luke Jones with 17 points and Emmanuel Atkins with 15. Tristan Warfield and Brady Grubb each scored 14, while Jaxon Williams ended with a dozen.

Dylan Bartley did his best to keep the Patriots’ run going with 27 points. Ethan Bradford scored 17 points and Mason Montgomery contributed 14.

Hampton 70, Hancock County 45

HAMPTON — Jordan Bentley hit six shots from 3-point range and finished with a team-best 22 points in the Bulldogs’ Region 1-A quarterfinal romp over the Indians.

Caleb Oaks added a dozen to Hampton’s total, while Morgan Lyons came through with nine.

Hunter Hatfield with 26 and Chandler Ferguson with 13 scored all but six of the Indians’ points.

Cosby 77, Cloudland 37

COSBY — The Eagles held the Highlanders to two points in the second quarter, taking a 38-17 halftime lead in the Region 1-A quarterfinal.

Trey Johnson had 18 points in the first half and 26 overall to lead Cosby. Jeremy Wise scored 14, while Braden Shaffer with 13 and Riley Galler with 12 were Cosby’s other double-digit scorers.

Cloudland was led by Hunter Shell with 18 points. Elijah Blair and Bentley Gilbert were next highest with six apiece.

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