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Recap of the TSSAA State Championship Tournament
East Captures TSSAA Triple A State Championship
If you hadn’t heard by now,East High School won the Triple A State Championship over the weekend in Murfreesboro over Central, 71-61 but I wanted to do a recap of the weekend leading up to Saturday and all the teams that represented Memphis. I didn’t make it till Friday afternoon however I did get a chance to see Mitchell High take on perennial power Liberty Tech who won the state tournament last year in Double A and knock them out to advance to the state championship game. My second game that day was Central versus a tough Clarksville team who came out of tunnel not looking very imposing but then I remembered this same team gave White Station a fit last year but then they had Monte Burney who was a lights out shooter but they returned Daijon Williams who was pretty good in his own right. After the first half,Central was up 7, 28-21 and Clarksville waso n the verge on being down double digits but a late run including at one point 10 straight points by Williams and the Clarksville was in business with 1:21 left in the 4th quarter as Central got into survival mode, 62-60 however Central limited Williams by putting much bigger Andre Applewhite on him and only allowed them to score 2 more points as Central advanced to Saturday’s title game, 68-62. Applewhite had 29 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Williams led Clarksville with 34 points.
East took on Science Hill in the last Triple A game of the day after defeating Murfreesboro home town team Blackman but Science Hill early on looked like they wouldn’t let the Mustangs advance. I thought I had seen some great shooting when Bartlett played East in the sub-state game and I said to myself,no team will shoot the ball like that East will play but I was wrong in a big way. East shot a remarkable 72 percent from the field and 66 percent from the 3 line in the first half against Science Hill and you would have thought they would be up double digits but it was the opposite. The difference was Science Hill’s 7 trey balls, 4 by CJ Goods who was 4-5 in the 1st half and oh by the way,a 13 point lead for Science Hill. In order to get back in,it was simple East had to defend the 3 right? Well before they knew it, Goods hit 2 more deep
ones and Zach Howard added one more as Science Hill increased their lead to 18 with a little over 5 minutes left in the 3rd, 55-36. I heard the radio announcer say that it looks like it might be a done deal for East but East didn’t go away so easily.Science Hill looked like they wanted to stall it a little bit,wrong idea and East went a big run (21-3) to end the quarter, 58-57 with Science Hill clinging to a once seemingly insurmountable lead. With 2:33 left in the 4th,Nick King who had a huge game with 31 points and 10 rebounds tied it with 2 free throws to make it 69-69. You just kind of had the feeling that East would win and they did, 81-71 outscoring Science Hill 45-16 in the second half. There you had it, Central vs East and Mitchell vs CPA,both in the state championship games on Saturday
Maybe you don’t know the story,maybe you didn’t hear right but Mitchell won 3 games last year. To make it to the state was an accomplishment in itself,let alone making it to the state title game. CPA was strong all around with excellent guard play from Mr Basketball winner,Craig Bradshaw,Mr Basketball finalist,sophmore Jalen Lindsey and two sophmores,Braxton Bond and Vic Wharton. Being honest,I knew it would be a hard game for Mitchell but I thought if they defended out of their minds that they would have a chance but at the half,they were down 14 and they just didn’t get some shots to fall for them but the CPA team was really good as I stated. At the final buzzer,the score was 78-64 but Mitchell wasn’t embarrassed or blown out instead they kept fighting all the way till the time ran off the clock. Mario Mcneil lead them with 17 points followed by Jalen Blackwell who scored 12 points. I can’t say enough about the job that Coach Phillips did along with Andre Turner. To turn around the program after a few bad years and do it so quickly shows that it can happen with belief and pride and a winning attitude that a coach instills in his players. He preached discipline and defense and his players bought in and they made a run at the end of the year all the way to the title game. There is no shame in losing particularly when many said that Mitchell wasn’t even possibly capable of making it to the title game. Congratulations Mitchell High School and to Coach Phillips,he’s my Coach of the year regardless of classification.