West scored the first 10 points of the contest and forced 17 first-half turnovers on its way to running away with an easy victory over East at Tullahoma High School, capping off the regular season with a 48-14 win on Thursday.
Evan Tomlin hit the first basket of the game for the Bobcats and Jaxon Sheffield followed with two of his own, giving their team a quick 6-0 advantage. Garrison Stamatis added a bucket of his own, while De’Andre Jenkins and Tomlin each hit a free throw, giving West a 10-0 edge with 1:47 remaining in the opening quarter.
Danny Martinez got East on the scoreboard with back-to-back buckets, cutting the Panthers’ deficit to 10-4. However, Tomlin and Sheffield each hit a basket before the end of the first quarter, and the Bobcats took a 14-4 advantage into the second period.
West’s defense dominated the second quarter, pitching a shutout in the period and forcing East into nine turnovers. The Bobcats took advantage, putting up 18 points in the second quarter and carrying a 32-4 advantage into halftime.
Grant Chadwick, Ashton Dodd and Jackson King each scored four points for West in the second period. Sheffield added three points, while Xavier Farrell scored two points and Jenkins added a free throw for the Bobcats.
The scoring slowed for West in the third quarter, as the Bobcats began to substitute liberally, taking a 38-9 advantage into the final period of play. Farrell led West with three points in the third quarter, while Tomlin added a basket of his own and Jenkins hit a free throw.
Logan Prosser and Malik Grizzard each scored a basket for East in the third quarter. Charlie Pierce added a free throw as well for the Panthers in the third period.
Tomlin led West in the fourth quarter, putting up four points in the period. Dodd added a 3-pointer of his own for the Bobcats, while Sheffield added another basket and Parker Moore hit a free throw.
Zach Witham and T.J. Green each hit a basket for East in the fourth quarter. Braydin Partin added a free throw of his own for the Panthers.
Tomlin and Sheffield led both teams in scoring, each putting up 11 points for West. Dodd added seven points for the Bobcats, while Chadwick and King each scored four points. Jenkins scored three points, while Stamatis added two points and Moore rounded out the scoring for West with a free throw.
Martinez led East in scoring with four points on the night. Witham, Green, Grizzard and Prosser each scored two points for the Panthers, while Partin added a free throw.
Both teams will next get set for the Central Tennessee Conference Tournament which is scheduled to open up on Jan. 21 at Tullahoma High School. As of press time, the bracket for that tournament had yet to be released.
Prior to taking on West, East was coming off of a 39-29 win at home over Harris on Tuesday. Martinez once again led the Panthers in scoring, netting 14 points in the victory.
Pierce added nine points for East on Tuesday, while Jalen Hill scored five points. Grizzard and Jacob Sanchez each scored three points. Te’Angelo Ewing and Zane Hopf each scored two points, before Witham rounded out the scoring with a free throw.