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Northeast Eagles outlast Clarksville High thanks to Poythress’ 31, earns spot in 10-AAA boys Title Game

Clarksville Sports NetworkClarksville, TN – Revenge wasn’t top-seeded Northeast’s main focus going into its Boys District 10-AAA Tournament game against fourth-seeded Clarksville High Friday night at Northeast.

But the state’s fifth-ranked Eagles were certainly cognizant of the fact the Wildcats handed them their only loss in district play in the regular season and used that as motivation in handing Clarksville High a 61-41 defeat Saturday night.

Northeast Eagles defeat the Clarksville High Wildcats 61-41 Saturday night.
Northeast Eagles defeat the Clarksville High Wildcats 61-41 Saturday night.

With the victory, Northeast (26-2) earns a spot in the 10-AAA Championship game and will face second-seeded Dickson County at 7:30pm Thursday. The winner would also secure the top-seed for 10-AAA in the Region 5-AAA Tournament that starts Tuesday at Northeast.

Kenwood will take on Clarksville High in the third-place game at 6:00pm Tuesday and all four teams are advancing on to the Region 5-AAA Tournament.

Alex Poythress scored 31 points in the Eagles’ win and in the process went over the 2,000-point career mark. The Kentucky signee now has 2,018 points since the first day he donned an Eagles’ jersey.

“You always want to play against the teams that beat you so you can prove that you can beat them again,” Poythress said. “But it feels pretty good getting into the championship game.”

Clarksville High was led by Daijon Williams 19 points. Clarksville High will play in the third-place game against Dickson County on Tuesday at Northeast High at 6:00pm and has also advance to the Region 5-AAA Tournament.

Like two old rivals should, the first quarter was a nip-and-tuck affair that saw Clarksville High jump out to a 8-4 lead on Williams’ 3-pointer with 3:40 left in the period. But Northeast responded with a 7-3 run and took a 11-8 lead on Nick Agnew’s 3 with 28.7 seconds to go in the stanza.

Northeast slowly started exerting its will in the second quarter and used a 12-4 run to go up 23-15 with 1:41 to play in the half on a Poythress jumper. The Eagles closed the half on a 7-0 run and thanks to Jamil Wilks’ trey with two seconds left went into halftime leading 43-25.

Things didn’t go much differently for either team in the third quarter as Northeast opened it by outscoring CHS 13-6 in the first part to go ahead 43-25 with 3:12 to go on Myron Poydras’ lay up. The two teams were virtually even the rest of the third, with the Eagles outscoring the Widcats 9-7 down the stretch and taking a 52-32 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Both teams scored nine points in the final period, en route to the 61-41 final score and win by Northeast.

“We put a report together and had a game plan on them and I think our guys did a great job of following that,” NEHS boys coach Al Cooper said.

Box Score

Northeast 61, Clarksville High 41

Box Score 1 2 3 4 FINAL
Clarksville High 11 6 15 9 — 41
Northeast 11 19 22 9 — 61

Clarksville High 41

Player Points FGs 3pts FTs
Tyriek Cheatham 2 0 0 0
22 Lawrenz Guerra 2 0 0 0
15 Anthony Hightower 3 0 1 0
4 Eric Holmes 5 0 0 0
30 Tevin Majors 6 0 0 0
3 Daijon Williams 19 0 3 0
14 Drake Young 4 0 0 0


Northeast 61

Player Points FGs 3pts FTs
55 Nick Agnew 3 0 1 0
20 Jaylen Baker 4 0 0 0
10 Will Best 3 0 1 0
15 Carlos Herrera 4 0 0 0
23 Michael Pardue 7 0 1 0
32 Myron Poydras 6 0 0 0
22 Alex Poythress 31 0 0 0
5 Jamil Wilkins 3 0 1 0
James D. Horne
James D. Hornehttp://www.clarksvillesportsnetwork.com/
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.

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