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Howard clinches Chattanooga area's lone state tourney spot

Howard 61, DeKalb County 58
Howard is heading back to the TSSAA state basketball tournament for the sixth time in the last seven years after holding off visiting DeKalb County 61-58 in Class AA sectional play Monday night.

Brandon Walters led the way with 20 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks to help the Hustlin' Tigers (27-5) secure the Chattanooga only ticket to Murfreesboro next week.

Sonni Fullilove hit a 3-pointer with 27 seconds left to give Dekalb County a 58-57 lead, but Walters answered with a go-ahead bucket at the other end ten seconds later. After the visiting Tigers missed a shot on their next posession, Chris Walton was fouled grabbing the rebound and hit two free throws to provide the three-point cusion with 4.6 seconds left.

DeKalb County missed a shot at the buzzer to end its season at 30-7.

Shalique Camerson added 15 points for Howard, and Cudjoe Young chipped in 12 off the bench, including a highlight-reel fast-break slam in the second quarter.

Fullilove paced DeKalb County with 24 points.

Howard held a 28-27 advantage at the break, but DeKalb used a big third quarter to take an eight-point lead into the fourth. The Hustlin' Tigers opened the final period with a 9-0 run to move back in front, and the game remained close the rest of the way.

In the area's other Class AA sectional, McMinn Central held a two-point lead at the break but faded late in an 85-74 loss at Livingston Academy. The Chargers end one of their best seasons in decades with a 28-5 record.

Clarkrange 53, Boyd-Buchanan 49
Boyd-Buchanan was poised to clinch its first state tournament trip since 1996 through the first three quarters of its Class A sub-state game Monday night.

Unfortunately one quarter remained to be played.

Clarkrange held the Bucs to just one point in the final eight minutes, erasing an eight-point deficit to stun Boyd-Buchanan 53-49 in sectional play at Chattanooga State.

The Buffaloes (18-16) now advance to next week's Class A bracket at Middle Tennessee State, while the Bucs end the season with a 25-8 mark.

Austin Walker led three Boyd-Buchanan players in double figures with 13 points. Hall Allen and Justus McMillan added 10 apiece.

Landon Baldwin led four Buffaloes over the ten-point mark with 15 points. Chase Beaty chipped in 11, while Taylor Edwards and Garrett Stults each finished with 11.

The Bucs opened up a seven-point lead in the first quarter and an eight-point lead in the second, only to watch the Buffaloes rally back to even the score both times. The teams were knotted at 30-all at the break, but Boyd-Buchanan used another run to open a 48-40 lead through three quarters.

Clarkrange responded by scoring the first nine points of the fourth quarter before Zach Jenkins' free throw for the Bucs snapped the surge with 5:28 to play. It proved to be Boyd-Buchanan's only point of the quarter.

Despite adding just four free throws to their own total in the final five minutes, the Buffaloes shut out the Bucs the rest of the way to out-score their hosts 13-1 in the final quarter.

In the area's other Class A sub-state contest, Grace Academy committed 20 first-half turnovers and could never escape an early hole in a 59-39 loss at Watertown. The Golden Eagles finish the season with a 12-16 mark.

Siegel 59, Bradley Central 38
Two days after Bradley Central's girls clinched a spot in the Class AAA state tournament with a home win at Jim Smiddy Arena, the boys could not duplicate the feat.

Siegel jumped out to an early double-digit lead and never looked back in a 59-38 rout of the host Bears in the Class AAA sub-state round Monday night. The loss ends Bradley Central's season at 19-13.

It proved to be a disappointing finale to the standout prep career of Bears' senior Bryce Copeland, who finished with just eight points.

Taylor Bentley was the lone Bradley Central player in double figures with 12 points.

Dominique Gooch scored 17 points and Ryan Jones added 15 for Siegel, who lost four of its five games to top-ranked Blackman. Blackman routed Ooltewah 84-58 in the other local Class AAA sectional Monday night.

Siegel surged from the start, opening a 14-point lead early in the second quarter. Bradley managed to pull within 27-17 with three minutes left in the period, but the Stars scored the final seven points of the first half to take a 34-17 advantage at the break.

They kept up the pressure in the third period, pushing the lead to as many as 27 points before cruising the rest of the way.

TSSAA Sectional Scores

Class AAA
Blackman 84, Ooltewah 58
Siegel 59, Bradley Central 39
-- Blackman and Siegel clinch spots in next week's state tournament

Class AA
Howard 61, DeKalb County 58
Livingston Academy 85, McMinn Central 74
-- Howard and Livingston Academy clinch spots in next week's state tournament

Class A
Clarkrange 53, Boyd-Buchanan 49
Watertown 59, Grace Academy 39
-- Clarkrange and Watertown clinch spots in next week's state tournament

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