Greeneville holds off T.A.D. in boys’ finale11:39 am | December 22, 2011
The infamous Bobby Knight — the only man to ever follow an unblemished collegiate season with an unblemished big dance appearance in 1976 — said bluntly that mental toughness is to physical play as four is to one.
The Greeneville Middle School Jr. Greene Devils certainly embodied that coaching philosophy Wednesday night in the Elizabethton Star Shootout Championship as they relied on mental preparedness late for a 48-40 victory in a tough, speedy contest against a T.A.D. Jr Cyclone team that never threw in the towel.
The win, coupled with the Lady Greene Devil’s survival prowess, has set the green and black charges ahead of the pack as far as the varsity brackets are concerned.
The opening half was a basketball fans dream as fundamental defensive play and possession basketball with great shooting became prevalent early on.
It was followed by transition fireworks late.
Mitchell Dailey got the good shooting started for the Jr. Cyclones with a deep 3 off a Nathan Norris pass early, and Raheem Young counteracted with great inside play for the Jr. Greene Devils.
Desmond Dabbs followed it all up late in the half with a dazzling drive from the top of the key amidst transition traffic to lay in a contested two.
The subsequent lob at the charity strip made it a 3-point play and the Jr. Greene Devils closed out the last two minutes of the half with solid defense to ride a 15-point second quarter burst to a 23-16 halftime advantage.
The second half began with a third quarter in which the Jr. Cyclones showed spurts of great shooting that would lead to a 14-11 point advantage in the stanza.
Conley Bowers powerful inside play was a highlight of its own early in the half as the youngster powered through defenders down low in what would become an 11-point, 7-rebound performance.
Dailey continued his prevalent outside work with another 3 in the third quarter to show shades of what would become and eight point night, and Norris added more beyond the arch firepower to add to his 9 point tally.
A 14-point Jr. Greene Devil fourth proved to be too much for the Jr. Cyclone offense to counter act as Dabbs and Young capitalized off superb press busting passes to lay in easy points en route to an 18-point performance for both of them
The two stalwarts definitely proved why they both deserved spots on the All-Tournament team, and Dabbs coast to coast gravity defying glide for a 3-point play at the 2:40 mark pushed the Jr. Greene Devil lead to ten and virtually ended the Jr. Cyclones comeback hopes.
Afterwards, in the aftermath of championship photos, Head Coach Bill Muhlhahn expressed his confidence in his dynamic duo.
“Desmond and Raheem have really been special players for us,” said Muhlhahn. “It is definitely a team effort but our scoring runs through those guys and they obliged us with championship play.”
The head coach also expressed the value of the competition the Shootout had to offer.
“When you can come here and win a championship against great teams it really helps you moving forward, especially when you play in the tough Middle 8 conference like we do,” he said. “T.A. Dugger, Cloudland, the kids we have played against are fine young men and fine basketball players. This does nothing but improve us as a team.”
Dabbs and Young joined teammates Lincoln Bowman, Ben Ramsey, and Graham Shelton on the All-Tournament team with Young as MVP.
Bo Pless, Mitchell Dailey, and Teve Mushayamunda each accepted All-Tournament spots for the Jr. Cyclones.
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Varsity Boys Boxscore
Greeneville 48, T.A. Dugger 40
Dabbs 18, Young 18, Bowman 4, Shelton 3, Ramsey 3, Perkins 2, Wagner 0, Lollar 0, McKee 0, Payne 0, Martin 0, Young (Taheem) 0, Debusk 0, Williams 0, Newberry 0
Pless 4, Norris 9, Dailey 8, Mushayamunda 2, Bowers 11, Robinson 5, Hitchcock 1, Eryasa 0, Perkins 0, Carter 0, Trivette 0, Vines 0
GMS 8 15 11 14 — 48
TAD 8 8 14 10 — 40
3-point goals: Greeneville 0, T.A. Dugger 3 (Dailey 2 Norris).
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5th Place Game
Jacoby Johnson exploded in the third quarter of what would become a 24-point, 5-board night as the John Sevier Warriors blew past a determined but outgunned Happy Valley team 58-40 to earn fifth place honors on the boy’s side.
Blake Rodgers added 8 points for the red and black Warriors and teammates Alijah Dunn and Eddie Kurst added 7 points apiece in a contest that saw the Sevier youngsters dominate in all facets of the game after the halfway point.
Austin Hicks turned in a hard-fought effort for Happy Valley Middle from his post position, tallying 14 on the night while Nate Kyte answered for HVMS as well tallying 9 points from his shooting guard position.
Boys Varsity Consolation
The Hunter Tigers overcame their late game slump with a resounding defeat of the Black Knights Wednesday night in consolation action.
Joe Searfoss was the offensive anchor for the Tigers with a 20-point evening.
Teammate and post threat Dylan Carrier backed up Searfoss’ outing with a 14-point night and Brandon Guinn rounded out the Tiger scoring load with 11.
Although Brantley Darnell stepped up to carry the Black Knights scoring load with 9 points, Chuckey-Doak could not overcome the shooting prowess of the young Tigers.
Boys JV Consolation
Johnson County Middle School’s herd of junior varsity Longhorns was at stampede speed for the duration of the evening Wednesday night in consolation play with the Jr. Greene Devils.
Dakota Wright and Joseph Lawson led the Jr. Longhorns with 6 points apiece in a game that would be marked by healthy substitution for experience on both sides.
The Jr. Longhorns played excellent defense in the route as well, holding the Jr. Greene Devils to a 2-point first half total. Ethan Zook stepped up to be the lone Jr. Greene Devil threat on the night with 4 points.
Girls JV Consolation
A 29-5 Jr. Lady Bulldog first half blossomed into a dominant victory over the Titans.
Hope Richmond came out with her guns blazing in the impressive win, tallying 13 points for the girls in baby blue, Shayanne Tielle backed up her performance with 9 points of her own.
The contest was never in doubt from the outset as the Jr. Lady Bulldogs squad took advantage of every Titans miscue and converted them into points at the other end.
Savannah Trinkle arose as the lone bright spot for the Lady Titans with 5 points on the night.