MURFREESBORO - Ryan Click hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Maryville a 69-66 victory over Clarksville in double overtime in the TSSAA Class AAA boys championship Saturday night.
The Rebels (30-7) inbounded the ball with 2.2 seconds left after Clarksville could not control a rebound. Click received the pass at the top of the key, dribbled to his left and put up the game-winner - his only field goal of the game.
The title is Maryville's first in basketball. The school has won 11 football championships, including this past December.
Clarksville (33-3) never led in regulation, falling behind 6-0 to start the game. The Wildcats rallied in the fourth quarter to tie the game 50-50 at the end of regulation and then came back again to force a second overtime.
Tyrone Caldwell, who scored a team-high 26 points, hit a field goal with 51 seconds remaining, then sank two free throws with 26.3 seconds left to force the first overtime.
In the first OT period, Jordan Damron scored nine of his game- high 29 points to give the Rebels a 62-57 advantage with 10.5 seconds left.
Caldwell rallied the Wildcats to force a second overtime. He hit a 3-pointer with four seconds left. After a Clarksville timeout, Caldwell stole the inbounds pass and was fouled on his shot attempt. He hit two free throws with 1.5 seconds left and the first OT ended tied at 62.
Damron was named MVP.
MURFREESBORO - Josh Sain scored a game-high 34 points and pulled down 14 rebounds in leading Liberty Technology Magnet over Mitchell in the Class AA boys championship.
The Crusaders (37-3) won their second straight state championship. Liberty defeated the Tigers (28-13) in last year's title game 64-60.
Liberty started the game on a 13-2 run behind Sain, who sparked the outburst with six points. He scored 17 and pulled down nine rebounds in the first half.
The Crusaders led 47-27 at halftime and stretched the lead to 78-47 after three quarters of play.
Four Crusaders scored in double digits. Antwan Long had 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Jewuan Long, the Class AA Mr. Basketball, just missed a triple-double with 15 point, nine rebounds and seven assists. DeVon Jones added 11.
The Crusaders shot 50 percent (20-40) from the field in the first half.
Darrell Neal and Kenyan Torry scored 12 points each to lead the Tigers.
MURFREESBORO - Seth Skogen netted a game-high 25 points to lead Tennessee Temple over Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences in the TSSAA Class A boys title game.
The championship is the third in school history for Temple (32-3). The Crusaders also won Class A titles in 2002 and 2003.
Skogen, a finalist for Mr. Basketball, hit two three-point baskets in the first two minutes of the second quarter to stretch the Crusaders lead to 14 at 26-12. After taking a 30-19 advantage into halftime, Tennessee Temple scored the first 18 points of the third quarter to secure the victory. Skogen scored seven in the run and Dee Newsom netted five. Saturday's game was the fourth of the season between the Chattanooga schools. Tennessee Temple had won the previous three meetings.
Terrill Townsend led the Patriots (24-11) with 10 points.
The Crusaders jumped out to an 8-1 lead the first two minutes of the game en route to a 20-12 lead after one quarter of play.comments powered by Disqus