A six-minute scoreless stretch for Oakland in the fourth quarter broke open a close game, leading Smyrna to a 40-32 win. Oakland, which struggled offensively, only shot 28-percent for the game. Smyrna was led in scoring by junior Taylor Vanderbilt, who had 12 points. Oakland's Devon Epps and Ricky Dunnaway both had 9. The Patriots' season ends at 14-and-14. The Bulldogs punch their ticket to the region tournament and will play #1 Siegel Saturday afternoon in the semifinals.
Stewarts Creek tried to slow down the game with zone defense, but Blackman's patience paid off. The Blaze beat the Red Hawks 54-28. Blackman's Jauan Jennings led the way with 14 points, Andrew Rogan had 13. Stewarts Creek's Ja'Lan Washington and Jalen Fearn had nine each. The Red Hawks' season ends at 7-and-21. Blackman will play #2 La Vergne Saturday evening in the semifinals
Smyrna 40, Oakland 32
Blackman 54, Stewarts Creek 28
MTCS 81, Community 77 (9A Consolation)
Coming up on Saturday here on WGNS, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders host Southern Miss. Chip Walters will have the pregame at 12:30, with a 1pm tipoff. That's followed by three live semifinal games from Siegel in the District 7-AAA Tournament and a tape-delayed broadcast of Blackman versus Smyrna girls. Tune in at 12:30 for an entire day of basketball coverage.