The West boys’ basketball team took an 18-9 advantage into halftime and kept building on that lead, using that to notch a 39-24 victory over East at Tullahoma High School on Thursday.
After the break, the Bobcats forced East into early turnovers, jumping out to a 9-2 run, taking a 27-11 advantage. Evan Tomlin had a pair of field goals during that run, while Xavier Farrell added a shot of his own. Grant Chadwick buried a basket while being fouled and then added the ensuing free throw.
However, East closed out the third period with a 7-4 run, closing the Panthers’ deficit to 31-18. Jaiden Sanchez put up three points in the final minutes of the third quarter, while Jalen Hill and TreVaughn Palmer each scored two points.
The fourth quarter featured sloppy play from both teams, as the teams combined to turn the ball over 10 times. East turned the ball over seven times in the final period, while West had three turnovers, as both squads combined for 14 points in the quarter.
West opened the quarter with an 8-4 run, grabbing a 39-22 lead with 1:10 left in the contest. Chadwick put up the final points of the night, burying a basket with 17 seconds left in the contest.
Tomlin led both teams in scoring on the night, putting up 19 points for West. Farrell added seven points, while DeAndre Jenkins had six points. Chadwick added five points and LaShawn Kimmons rounded out the scoring for the Bobcats with two points.
Jaiden led East scoring with nine points. Hill added four points, while Jacob Sanchez scored three points. Malik Grizzard, Jarell Sheffield and Palmer all scored two points. Khani Johnson and Logan Prosser each hit a free throw to round out the scoring for East.
On Monday, both East and West found themselves in tight contests. The Panthers lost their matchup, falling to North on the road 33-30, while the Bobcats edged out a 46-44 road win at Warren County.
After leading 25-23 at the end of the third quarter, West was able to hold on for the victory. The Bobcats combined for 21 points in the final period, led by Tomlin and Jenkins who combined for 16 points in the period. Both players hit three field goals, while adding a pair of free throws.
Farrell also hit a clutch 3-pointer for the Bobcats, while Kimmons hit a basket to round out the scoring for West in the period.
Tomlin led the Bobcats in scoring, putting up 18 points in the victory. Jenkins also put up double figures, scoring 15 points. Farrell scored five points, while Chadwick and Kimmons each added four points.
The third quarter hurt East in its game against North, as the Panthers were limited to just three points in the period and trailed 23-21 entering the final period of play. From there, the Gators able to hold on to lead, capturing the victory.
Hill and Prosser led the Panthers in scoring on the night, each totaling eight points. Prosser had six points in the fourth quarter for East. Hill scored the bulk of his points in the second quarter, knocking down a shot and then adding a pair of field goals in the period.
Sheffield added five points in the game for East. Jacob and Johnson each scored four points, while Jaiden rounded out the scoring for the Panthers.
The West boys’ basketball team was scheduled to head to Meridianville on Saturday. As of press time the result of that contest was unavailable.
The Bobcats (3-0) will then travel to Franklin County High School on Monday to face North. West will then hold its home opener against Harris on Thursday. Tipoff on both days is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The East boys basketball team (1-2) is scheduled to play host to White County in its home opener on Monday. The Panthers will then travel to South on Thursday. Tipoff on both days is scheduled for 7 p.m.