Hampton 70, Hancock 45
The Bulldogs methodically pulled away from Hancock County to open play in the Region 1-A tournament.
Hampton advances to take on Cosby in the Region 1-A semifinals with a berth in the title game as well as the substate round on the line. That game is slated for a 7:45p tipoff at Walters State.
The Bulldogs held a slim 20-15 lead at the end of the first quarter, but turned up the pressure by outscoring the Indians 19-9 in the second. From there, Hampton was able to keep Hancock at bay to extend the season.
Jordan Bentley had 22 points to lead the way, Morgan Lyons had nine points, while Matt Hughes and Conor Jones had seven and six points, respectively.
Cosby 77, Cloudland 37
A sluggish second-quarter proved to be too much to overcome for Cloudland.
The ‘Landers were unable to recover from a second-quarter where Cosby, the top seed from District 1, outscored them 21-2 in the period.
Cloudland went toe-to-toe with the Eagles in the first quarter as the ‘Landers trailed 17-15 after a late Eagle shot. However, Cosby heated up in the second to take a 21-point lead into the half.
Cloudland continued to battle, but was unable to trim into the Eagle lead during the second half.
Hunter Shell finished with 18 points to lead Cloudland. Elijah Blair and Bentley Gilbert had six points apiece.
Region 1-AA Tournament
South Greene 48, Elizabethton 47
The Cyclones finished on the wrong side of a thrilling game
Elizabethton saw the Rebels knocked down a pair of free throws with just over 15 seconds to go up by 4 and then held on to upend the Cyclones inside Treadway Gymnasium.
Points were at a premium for the entire game.
After EHS jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first quarter, the two teams were knotted at 6-6 after eight complete. The teams traded shots throughout the second quarter as the first-half ended in a 24-24 stalemate.
The Rebels used a quick run to open the third quarter to take a 36-29 advantage into the final quarter, but Elizabethton roared back to closed within two points early in the fourth.
The Cyclones tied the game at 44-44 with just under a minute left, but South Greene answered with four straight points – including a pair of free throws with just under 20 seconds remaining. EHS knocked down a trey, but was unable to regain the lead in the closing seconds.
Nico Ashley had 19 points to lead EHS, while Jake Roberts had 12 points.