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Northeast High School falls to Mt. Juliet in Region 5-AAA Quarterfinals

 

Alex Poythress held to 18 in last game

Clarksville Sports NetworkClarksville, 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.

Northeast's Alex Poythress at free throw line during the Eagles' 68-51 loss to Mt. Juliet in a Region 5-AAA semifinal game at Northeast on Feb. 25th, 2012.

Northeast's Alex Poythress at free throw line during the Eagles' 68-51 loss to Mt. Juliet in a Region 5-AAA semifinal game at Northeast on Feb. 25th, 2012.

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.

Mt. Juliet answered and surged to a 37-32 lead with 3:04 remaining on McEwen’s two free throws. Northeast came back with a 5-0 run and tied it  at 37-all on a Nick Agnew 3 and lay up with 2:41 left.

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

Box Score 1 2 3 4 FINAL
Mount Juliet 10 13 20 25 — 68
Northeast 12 14 15 10 — 51

Mount Juliet 68

Player Points FGs 3pts FTs
4 Anthony Casciani 8 0 2 0
5 Caleb Chowbay 23 0 4 0
20 Nolan Chowbay 1 0 0 0
3 Chandler Frazier 3 0 1 0
12 Quinton Hall 4 0 0 0
23 C.J. McEwen 14 0 0 0
40 Brandon Shepard 13 0 1 0

Northeast 51

Player Points FGs 3pts FTs
55 Nick Agnew 5 0 1 0
20 Jaylen Baker 8 0 0 0
Darius Brown 4 0 0 0
4 Anthony Longstreet 8 0 0 0
23 Michael Pardue 6 0 0 0
32 Ramyron Poydras 2 0 0 0
22 Alex Poythress 18 0 0 0

About James D. Horne

    James D. Horne

    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.

    Web Site: http://www.clarksvillesportsnetwork.com/
    Email: big_dog1972@hotmail.com

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