Clarksville, TN – The Area 1 AAA Boy’s Basketball Tournament almost got a shocker to open the quarter-final round, Monday, January 25th at Kenwood High School, as top-seeded Northeast Middle had to rally from 13-points down in the fourth quarter to defeat the eight-seed Kenwood Middle 51-50 in overtime; while fourth-seed West Creek Middle overcame a slow start to beat fifth-seed Montgomery Central, 60-50.
The Eagles trailed the Knights 32-19 after Amonti Moss opened the fourth quarter with a basket for Northeast Middle, just 23 seconds into the period.
But Northeast Middle would run off six straight points in a span of 35 seconds to cut the Kenwood Middle lead down to seven, 32-25, with 4:45 left in regulation.
The Knights would still be leading by nine points, 36-27, at the 3:15 mark, but the Eagles would go on a 10-2 run – including back-to-back 3s from Shaun Robinson and Malik Kellman to get Northeast Middle to within one point, 38-37, with 1:06 on the clock.
Moss would put the Knights back up three, with 1:03 left, but a free throw by Criston Hyman made it a two-point game, followed by a bucket by Alec Kegler – with 26.8 seconds left – to tie the game 40-40.
In the overtime period, Kenwood Middle would score first on a three by Kevin Crump Jr., but after the two teams traded free throws, Robinson would tie the game 44-44 with a three at the 2:36 mark.
The two teams would then trade the lead back-and-fourth five times in the final 2:10, which also included two ties – including the final time at 50-50, following two free throws by Kevin Crump Jr., with 12.9 seconds left.
But Northeast Middle would have one final chance to win the game.
In their final possession, the Eagles would get the ball to Kegler, who drove to the basket and drew a foul from the Kenwood Middle defense with 0.3 seconds left in the overtime.
Kegler would hit the first to seal away the one-point victory for the Eagles, 51-10, with a desperation full-court attempt by Kenwood Middle falling far short.
In the first half, Northeast Middle got off to a quick 7-2 lead, but Kenwood Middle rallied to take a 8-7 lead after one quarter of play and hold that lead the rest of the first half, before heading into halftime up 21-11.
In the West Creek Middle-Montgomery Central Middle contest, the Indians got off to a solid start behind the play of Lucius Brown, who scored eight of the first 10 points for Montgomery Central Middle to help build a 10-4 lead at the 3:31 mark.
The Coyotes would three from Zion McClure, followed by a bucket from Javeon Edwards to cut the Indians lead to one – which was the advantage the Indians held at the end of the first quarter, 12-11.
The Indians would lead by as many as five points, 16-11 early in the second quarter, before the Coyotes took their first lead of the game, 18-16, after putting together a 7-0 run.
Montgomery Central Middle would take its final lead of the game, 19-18, following a three-point play by Davonte Jolly, with 3:00 left in the first half.
But that would be the final points scored by the Indians in the opening half, with the Coyotes closing out the opening half with a 8-0 run – including four by Edwards – to take a 26-19 lead into intermission.
Montgomery Central Middle wouldn’t go down without a fight, as they chipped away at the West Creek Middle lead, getting as close as five points, 52-47, with 1:27 following back-to-back 3s from Jarius Satterfield.
But that would be as close as they would get, as after a bucket by the Coyotes’ McClure and a miss on their end, the Indians would have to start fouling in the final minute of play.
West Creek Middle would hit six-of-eight free throw attempts in the final 1:06 to ice away the 10-point victory in the 60-50 final.
With the quarterfinal wins, Northeast Middle and West Creek Middle will square off in the first semifinal contest at Kenwood High on Tuesday, January 26th at 6:00pm, while Kenwood Middle and Montgomery Central Middle’s seasons come to an end.
Northeast Middle 51, Kenwood Middle 50, OT
Amonti Moss 11, Jhaqvintes Johnson 6, Juntavious Harris 2, Kendall Sillmon 5, Brandon Hurt 6, Kevin Crump Jr. 11, Kaos Armstrong 9. Team totals 17 13-24 50.
Khalil Smith 10, Alec Kegler 13, Shaun Robinson 9, Malik Kellman 8, Jeremiah Ramey 6, Criston Hyman 5. Team totals 18 11-24 51.
3-point field goals: Kenwood Middle 3 (Hurt 2, Crump Jr. 1), Northeast Middle 4 (Robinson 2, Kellman 1, Ramey 1).
West Creek Middle 60, Montgomery Central Middle 50
|Montgomery Central Middle||12||7||17||14||50|
|West Creek Middle||11||15||21||13||60|
Montgomery Central Middle
Lucius Brown 10, Jarius Satterfield 23, Davonte Jolly 12, Issac Rankhorn 3, Kareem Williams 2. Team totals 16 12-13 50.
West Creek Middle
Zion McClure 12, Jachai Walker 9, Javeon Edwards 13, Jaden Florence 7, Jaylon Negron 15, Montre Boddie 4. Team totals 20 16-22 60.
3-point field goals: Montgomery Central Middle 6 (Satterfield 3, Brown 2, Rankhorn 1), West Creek Middle 4 (McClure 2, Edwards 1, Florence 1).