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The Rock, East Hamilton open Scenic City Showcase with wins

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East Hamilton 74, Faith Baptist 63
Michael Stone was a bit disappointed Faith Baptist didn't bring its elite roster to the first Scenic City Showcase on Friday night, but the East Hamilton head coach still tried to make the most of the experience.

The Hurricanes played just about every player on their bench and had four players finish in double figures in a 74-63 win over the visiting Crusaders.

Faith Baptist's roster boasts Georgia signee point guard J.J. Frazier and heavily-recruited shooting guard Antonios Cleveland, but neither made the trip to Chattanooga.

Cody Knox led the Canes with 16 points and Ladarius Watkins added 15. Tre Herndon and Dominic Powell also scored in double digits with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Shaliek Ulysse led all scorers with 29 points for Faith Baptist, while Marquise Chandler chipped in 23.

While Faith Baptist played without its top players, The Rock brought its full compliment of Division I prospects to the inaugural event. A lineup that features nine top-level college prospects cruised to an 82-31 win over Hamilton Heights earlier Friday night.

Seven-foot center Joel Embiid, who has already signed with Kansas, scored 17 points and highlighted the evening with an array of big dunks.

The tournament, which is being hosted by East Hamilton and Hamilton Heights, was condensed to two days because of Thursday's inclement weather. The Rock will be in action twice on Saturday against East Hamilton (3:30pm) and McCallie (6:30pm).

Ensworth 79, McCallie 67
Corn Elder scored 25 points to lead visiting Ensworth to a 79-67 win over McCallie on Friday night.

Elder, who earned MVP honors while leading Ensworth to the last two state championships, scored 16 points in the second half to help the third-ranked Tigers keep the Blue Tornado at bay.

Elder is also a two-time Mr. Football winner for the three-time defending state champion Ensworth football team, and has more than a dozen high-level football offers.

Jamaal Calvin and C.J. Fritz scored 16 points apiece for McCallie.

The Tigers, who have won three of the last four Division II state titles, used a 23-5 second-quarter run to open a 43-32 lead at the break. Ensworth pushed the lead to twenty in the second half before getting sloppy.

McCallie, who forced 20 turnovers in the game, mounted a fourth-quarter surge to cut the deficit down to ten in the closing minutes, but could never get any closer.

Other high school scores from Friday, January 18:

Soddy-Daisy 61, Bradley Central 9

Boys Basketball
Signal Mountain 43, Chattanooga Christian 33
Boyd-Buchanan 72, Grace Academy 45
Sequoyah 66, McMinn Central 60
Walker Valley 73, McMinn County 67
Bradley Central 66, Soddy-Daisy 43
Central Park 71, Cleveland 67 (OT)
Bledsoe County 81, Notre Dame 60
Cartersville 66, Ringgold 49
Murray County 58, Pepperell 41
North Murray 54, LFO 32

Girls Basketball
Chattanooga Christian 40, Signal Mountain 35
Bradley Central 62, Soddy-Daisy 35
SC-ALI 67, East Hamilton 60
Sale Creek 55, Van Buren 44
Ensworth 69, GPS 36
Pope John Paull II 46, Baylor 43
Bledsoe County 65, Notre Dame 42
McMinn County 78, Walker Valley 62
McMinn Central 63, Sequoyah 42
Meigs County 58, Polk County 36
Cleveland 48, Central Park 16
Calhoun 50, Dade County 37
Adairsville 64, Gordon Central 35
Coosa 34, Chattooga 31
Darlington 67, Christian Heritage 28
LFO 55, North Murray 51
Pepperell 66, Murray County 44
Sonoraville 69, Coahulla Creek 28

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