'Toppers, Vikings power way to 1-AAA wins

George Thwaites • Feb 15, 2014 at 12:00 AM

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — Science Hill guard Garrison Brown slipped in under Volunteer’s defensive radar in Friday’s District 1-AAA boys basketball tournament at Viking Hall. He delivered three 3-pointers in the second period that allowed the Hilltoppers to pull ahead for good.

Science Hill went on to give coach Ken Cutlip his 300th coaching victory in a 65-49 win.

Volunteer (13-14) trailed 14-9 headed into the second period, but overtook the ’Toppers at 16-14 on an impressive off-balance bucket by Logan Boyd with 6:55 remaining in the first half.

Moments later, Calvin Songster dismayed the Falcons by not only rebounding his own missed free throw, but also getting the second of his two putback attempts that followed.

That was evidently Brown’s cue to come alive outside the arc. His three trifectas — abetted by an Aaron Adams putback — gave Science Hill a 10-point margin that would preserve its advantage until a third-quarter perimeter explosion erased all doubt.

Brown hit four 3s on the night, finishing with 12 points.

Peyton Wingate, Noah Charles, Brown and Hunter Hensley contributed to the seven third-quarter treys that buried the Falcons for good.

Volunteer took the Hilltoppers to overtime in their last meeting at Johnson City.

Wingate finished with 14 points for Science Hill, which advanced to face Tennessee High in Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. semifinal game. Charles added 11. Songster scored 12.

Boyd scored 13 to lead the Falcons. Ethan Crawford put up 12 and McFarland added 11. Brad Halderman, who picked up his third foul with three minutes left in the second quarter, finished with eight.

In Friday’s opener, the Vikings roared out to a 20-2 lead with 3:56 in the first quarter and never looked back. Second-seeded Tennessee High went on to a 77-44 win over Sullivan Central.

Austin McReynolds scored 12 to pace the Vikings (23-6). Adam Mitchell and James Shuff added 10 apiece and Caleb Easterling chipped in nine.

Luke Nussman scored 16 to lead the Cougars (3-26).

For an expanded version of this article, please see Saturday's print edition or our electronic edition.

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