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Alex Poythress held to 18 in last game
Clarksville, TN – Northeast High School’s, and ultimately Alex Poythress’, dreams of going to the state tournament were dashed in a Region 5-AAA quarterfinal game by Mt. Juliet 68-61 Friday night at the Eagles Nest.
Mt. Juliet, the District 9-AAA regular season champions put the No. 4 team out of the 9-AAA Tournament, will move on to play Clarksville High School on Tuesday at Northeast High School at 6:00pm.Clarksville High School, No. 3 10-AAA, beat Hendersonville, No. 2 9-AAA, in the bottom half of the bracket 57-34.
The other semifinal game will pit No. 1 9-AAA Beech vs. No. 3 9-AAA Wilson Central at 7:30pm.
The Eagles (27-3) led 26-23 at halftime and by as many as seven points in the first half, but Mt. Juliet revved up the physicality in the second half and outscored Northeast 45-25.
Poythress, a Class AAA Mr. Basketball finalist and Kentucky signee, led the Eagles with 18 points and left the game for the final time as a senior with 26.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Jaylen Baker was next for Northeast with eight.
Mt. Juliet (25-7) was led by Caleb Chowbay’s game-high 23 points.
Baker and Darius Brown scored the game’s first four points and put Northeast up 4-0 with 7:07 to go in the first quarter. But Mt. Juliet tied the game at 8-all on Anthony Casciani’s 3-pointer with 4:48 left. Poythress scored with 2:56 left to put Northeast up 12-8 and that was answered by C.J. McEwen’s lay up with 44.9 seconds left.
Chowbay hit a free throw to score the first points in the second. That sent Northeast on a 8-0 run and it took a 20-11 lead with 4:13 to go on Anthony Longstreet’s 3. He hit a jumper with 3:42 left that put Northeast ahead 24-18.
Mt. Juliet got it down to 24-21 with 1:50 to go in the second on Quinton Hall’s free throw and made it the 26-23 halftime score on McEwen’s lay up with 1.1 seconds left.
Mt. Juliet tied the game at 26-all with 7:12 left in the third on Brandon Shepard’s trey and the game was tied three times after that at 30-all and 32-all, with 3:58 left on a Poythress dunk.
Shepard scored back-t0-back, the latter coming with 1:03 left in the third and put Mt. Juliet up 43-39. Longstreet hot a lay up with 39.2 seconds left to cut the lead to 43-41.
The fourth quarter saw Baker get Northeast to 48-47 with 5:28 to play, but that sent Mt. Juliet on a 13-2 run and a 61-49 advantage with 50.4 seconds left in the game on Hall free throw.
Poythress scored Northeast’s final points on two free throws with 42.2 seconds left that cut it to 61-51.
Mt. Juliet 68, Northeast 51
Mount Juliet 68
James D. Horne began his writing career at the Carrollton Missouri Democrat in 1995, and was the assistant sports editor/writer for the Hammond Louisiana Daily Star for two years. In 1998, Horne became the Missouri Basketball beat writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune. He joined The Leaf-Chronicle in Oct. 2003 as the lead prep writer and became the Austin Peay beat writer in March of 2005. During his career he won a state association sports writing award at the Daily Star and two while at the Leaf-Chronicle.
Originally from Tampa, Florida, Horne earned his B.A in communications from Central Methodist University in Fayette Missouri.
TopicsAlex Poythress, Anthony Casciani, Anthony Longstreet, Beech, Brandon Shepard, C.J. McEwen, Caleb Chowbay, Clarksville High School, Clarksville Sports Network, Clarksville TN, Darius Brown, Eagles, Jaylen Baker, Mt. Juliet, Northeast High School, Quinton Hall, Wilson Central
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