Clarksville, TN – Northeast Middle School’s boys basketball team was down by as many as 11 points in the final quarter, Thursday, January 29th at Kenwood High School, but rallied past Dickson Middle School –including scoring the final 10 points — to take the championship game of the Area 1-AAA Basketball Tournament 34-31.
The Eagles (14-1) trailed the Dragons 24-14 heading into the final six minutes of play, but got down 11 points, 26-15, after a bucket by Dickson Middle’s Chase Edmission – with 5:32 left in regulation.
But Jeremiah Ramey responded with hits third three of the game to cut it to an eight-point game, followed by a bucket from Shaun Robinson to make it 26-20, with 5:35 left.
Robinson had 11 points for Northeast Middle.
Edmission answered for Dickson Middle (16-3) with a three to push the lead back to nine, 29-20, with 3:49 remaining.
Back-to-back baskets by Robinson got the Eagles back to within five points, the closest they had been since the opening minutes of the second half, 29-24 with 2:58 left.
Darion Burns would score a bucket for the Dragons, with 2:43 left to extend the Dickson Middle lead back out to seven with 2:43 left.
Burns would lead Dickson Middle with 12 points.
But that would turn out to be the final points the Dragons would score in the contest.
With Northeast Middle attacking the basket over the final 2:35, they were able to draw fouls, which sent them to the line with chances to score with the clocked stopped.
And score them did, hitting eight of 10 free throws – including two by Alec Kegler, with 33.4 seconds left – to give the Eagles their first lead of the game, 32-31.
Kegler, who led the Eagles with 13 points, knocked down two more free throws with five seconds left to make it a three-point game, with five seconds left and Dickson Middle having one final chance to tie the game.
The Dragons were able to get a good look, with Edmisson getting a clear three off from the left wing, but it didn’t draw iron as the final buzzer sounded and the Eagles’ players exploded off their bench in celebration.
In the first half, Northeast Middle fell behind 8-0 with the Eagles’ offense being nonexistent scoring only one point in the opening quarter in railing 8-1.
The third quarter would see Dickson Middle post its best offensive showing of the game, scoring 14 points in build its biggest lead of the game at 24-10, before taking a 10-point advantage into the fourth quarter.
With the win, Northeast Middle will host a regional game on Saturday, January 31st, against the fourth-place finisher of the Area 2-AAA Tournament; but the time and opponent won’t be known until January 30th.
Northeast Middle 34, Dickson Middle 31
D.J. Stacey 6, Ethan England 5, Darian Burns 12, Kody Pardue 6. Team totals 13 4-7 31.
Malik Kellman 1, Jeremiah Ramey 9, Shaun Robinson 11, Alec Kegler 13. Team totals 7 17-26 34.
3-point field goals: Dickson Middle 1 (England 1), Northeast Middle 3 (Ramey 3).
Area 1-AAA All-Tournament Team
Northeast Middle: Alec Kegler, Shaun Robinson, Jeremiah Ramey
Dickson Middle: Kody Pardue, Darion Burns
West Creek Middle: Jaylon Negron, Montre Boddie
Rossview Middle: Max Leineweber
Kenwood Middle: Amonti Moss
Richview Middle: Devin Bender
Sycamore Middle: Trevor Gagnon
Montgomery Central Middle: Jarius Satterfield