BRISTOL, Tenn. – At this point in the 38th Arby’s Classic High School Basketball Tournament, it’s all about surviving and moving forward.
Berkmar held a 16-point halftime lead over Dorman in Wednesday’s opening quarter-final game, but had to hold on and win 71-70.
The Cavaliers never got over the bump despite a big 23-point game from Alabama signatory Noah Clowney and 21 from USC Upstate signer Jordan Surratt.
“When Malique came out he was the next man,” said Berkmar coach Greg Phillips. “They did a great job hammering it out, and luckily the clock was on our side tonight.”
The Patriots’ score was even, led by 19 from Ole signatory Miss Malique Ewin, who ended up fouling.
Guard Jameel Rideout also had 19, while Antoine “Bo” Hurns had 15. Bryce Blaine finished with 11.
The Cavaliers had the ball with 4.6 seconds left under their own basket. Berkmar covered the inbound game well, teaming up with Clowney and forcing the inbounder out of the basket.
Time passed before Dorman could shoot.
“We were expecting a cross screen, seal or something that would bring the ball to (Clowney), but when he caught it on the outside I thought, ‘Thank goodness,’ Phillips said. . “We did a great job of scrambling and forcing the extra pass with four seconds left.”
The Patriots advance to Thursday’s semifinals against Greeneville at 7:00 p.m., which came as a huge upset against nationally-ranked Dr. Phillips (Florida).
Dorman will face the aforementioned Panthers in the fifth-place bracket on Thursday at noon.
Union 61, Volunteer 60
Reyshawn Anderson was the hero of the Bears as he pulled off a winning reverse layup on a missed shot as time went on.
Anderson didn’t play in the first half, but he finished the game with six points and his usual relentless defense gave Union the upper hand.
“We worked on this piece. I tell Noah (Jordan) to broadcast it on purpose and tell Reyshawn to go under the basket and grab it and put it on, ”Union coach Zack Moore said sarcastically. “They came out of the timeout and we were trying to get to Bradley, but they took him.
“Fortunately, Reyshawn was under the basket to get the layup. This is how it works sometimes.
Bradley Bunch posted a game-high 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Bears, while Malachi Jenkins scored 10. Union’s deciding advantage in the game was on the boards, overtaking Volunteer 45-27 .
Both teams were disappointed with the free throw strip, with a total of 27 for 49.
Volunteer was led by Garrison Barrett with 14 points, but he didn’t play much after committing his fourth personal foul in the third quarter.
Bradin Minton and Andrew Knittel each had 10 for the Falcons.
The end of the game was a touch-and-go for the Bears after a series of three straight turnovers on bad incoming passes.
Volunteer was three possessions behind, but came back due to increased pressure on the defense.
“I didn’t think our effort was very good in the third quarter but it’s human nature when the ball doesn’t go through the basket for you for your head to fall,” said volunteer coach Mike Poe. . “Once we had our juice in the fourth with some deviations and some easy layups, it started all over again.
“(Union) has a great player (Bunch) who delivered the mail. He’s a good player and he has a good attitude.
The Union advance to face Bearden in the Losers’ pool on Thursday at 9 a.m. Volunteers scheduled a game with Abingdon for Friday at 10 a.m. before the consolation contest at 11:30 a.m.
Knox Catholic 94, West Ridge 50
West Ridge’s last saw for the Fighting Irish was at the start of the first quarter.
After Wolves moved closer to a point at 13-12, Catholic drove 17-0 and the ghost ball effect kicked in.
“Coming 12 or 16 hours later and playing again is tough, and the athleticism (of the Catholics) took us to heart,” West Ridge coach John Dyer said. “When we play five on five we have a chance and then we start to turn the ball around.”
Tennessee signatory BJ Edwards finished with a record 21 points without seeing the action in the fourth quarter.
Highly touted Junior Blue Cain finished with 16, while Deondra Lindsey (14), Quincy Pannell (12) and Presley Patterson also finished in double digits.
The Irish shot an impressive 60.7% from the field and had just 12 turnovers.
“It was a tough loss we had yesterday, but we just had to go out there and play our best,” said Edwards. “We took our anger from last night’s game on them.”
No one at West Ridge hit the double digits, but Wade Witcher again led the charge with nine points. Wolves struggled with Catholic pressure from Knox, spinning the ball over 25 times.
“You can’t let a team like them have 25 quick breaks,” Dyer said. “That’s the bottom line. When we get to playing in a tournament like this, you can’t put a value on the experience you get from it.
West Ridge will play the consolation game against Twin Springs on Friday at 11:30 am East Hamilton was originally scheduled to play, but has decided to return home after losing to Tennessee High.
Bearden 81, Abingdon 45
An impressive third quarter from Bearden sparked a 24-6 start and created a gap in the early morning game with Abingdon.
The Falcons – still without the 7-foot Evan Ramsey – have returned the ball 26 times, and the Bulldogs have capitalized on almost everyone.
“I’ve coached for the Arbys for so many games now, even when I was at Cherokee, and it was the first time I lost in the first round,” said Bearden coach Jeremy Parrott. “The message at half-time was to attack their mesh points a bit and take the pressure off the ball.
“We wanted to be a little more patient in attack against this game (zone) and it would open up. We moved away from what we wanted to do in the first half, but came back to it after half time.
Bearden was led by Elijah Bredwood with 22 points, while Walker Kyle and Darian Bailey each had 15. Bearden shot 55.9% for the game and held Abingdon at 48.5%.
Abingdon was led by Dayton Osborne with a high of 23 points. The Falcons are still young and are replacing a core guard who was the Class 3 runner-up last winter.
“We are inexperienced and I hope we can grow from these games,” said Abingdon coach Aaron Williams. “We’re playing Dayton out of position a bit. Along the way he has always turned his back to the basket and now he is facing it and playing in the perimeter. Dayton is a good finisher and a good basketball player.
The Bulldogs advance to play Union Thursday at 9 a.m. against Union in the losing group.
Tennessee High 67, East Hamilton 64, OT
Brandon Dufore made a big leap for the Vikings in the home stretch and in overtime.
Dufore closed a rally in the extra period with a layup that put Tennessee High one point with 47 seconds left. The Vikings – although they missed a few key free throws in the dying seconds of overtime – managed to get an offensive rebound and steal that preserved the victory.
“It was a good confidence win for us,” Tennessee High coach Michael McMeans said. “(Dufore’s layup) was huge. He was up there on that one and that one got us started with a little comeback in overtime. “
Dufore finished the game with 28 points while Austin DeGeare scored 10.
The Hurricanes have made 13 long-range shots to date, but it wasn’t enough. Point guard Ashton Munson posted a team-high 21 points, while Colby Mason (14) and Zach Harris (10) also finished in double digits.
The Vikings face Knox Catholic Thursday at 10:30 a.m.