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LOCAL BOYS HOOPS -- Friday, Feb. 3

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Eddie Jackson

LHS ruins Gallatin homecoming
GALLATIN -- Lebanon played a near perfect first half and held off a late Green Wave run in Friday's 57-54 victory over Gallatin at Jerry Vradenburg Gymnasium.
The Blue Devils attacked the basket with gusto in the early going, drawing a couple of quick fouls on Gallatin post man Zool Kueth and mounted a 40-30 lead at intermission.
"I can't saw enough about the way our kids played," said LHS coach Jim McDowell.
"That first half, we executed incredibly, got open looks and knocked down shots. We had to because Gallatin was doing the same thing."
Gallatin opened the second half on a 5-0 run, and eventually tied the game at 49-all with 2:05 to play.
Lebanon junior Eddie Jackson responded by converting an old-fashioned three point play to give his team the lead for good.
Jackson finished with a game high 26 points while Cameron Oliver and Jeremiah Hastings each had 10 points.
"Eddie stepped up and played a huge game," McDowell said, "he's got a lot of pride and character. He knew he didn't have his best performance back when Gallatin beat us at our place and he stepped it up tonight"
Ja'Keese Turner added six and Noah Mulaski five as the Blue Devils increased their District 9-AAA lead with a record of 9-3 / 17-7 overall.
Zyun Mason had 21 for the Green Wave who fell to 7-5 / 18-8.
Lebanon will be back in action Tuesday, Feb. 7 at Campbell Brandon Gym for Senior Night vs. Beech.

Watertown 89, Trousdale Co. 62
HARTSVILLE -- Watertown rode a 21-point effort from Seth Price in Friday's 89-62 win at District 8-A rival Gordonsville High.
The Purple Tigers, now 21-4 overall / 5-2 in the district, went on a 31-13 second quarter run and took a 50-27 lead into intermission.
Blake Borcherding had 12 points for WHS while Ty Love and Preston Tomlinson each had 11.

Wilson Central 58, Station Camp 47
GLADEVILLE -- Wilson Central closed the game on a 23-12 fourth quarter run in Friday night's 58-47 home win over Station Camp.
The Wildcats knocked down 12-of-12 at the free throw line in the final eight minutes, including a perfect 6-of-6 by Cole Booth, to keep the Bison at bay.
Junior Gavin Johnson led Central with 19 points.
Booth, Dawson Hamilton and Kito Aruh each had 10 points as Central moved to 6-6 in the district and 14-11 overall.
WCHS will be back in action Tuesday, Feb. 7 hosting Portland High School.

Mt. Juliet 67, Hendersonville 44
HENDERSONVILLE -- Mt. Juliet roared to a 21-6 first quarter lead and never faltered in Friday's 67-44 victory at Hendersonville High.
The Golden Bears got 20 points from senior big man Trey Pruitt.
Joey Hayes (four 3-pointers) and J.R. Sanders (two 3-pointers) each scored 12 points and Tony Thompson added 10.
Mt. Juliet improved to 17-8 overall and 9-3 in the district headed into a Tuesday, Feb. 7 contest at Station Camp.

Friendship Christian 67, Hendersonville Christian 31
LEBANON -- Friendship Christian celebrated basketball homecoming Friday with a 67-31 win over Hendersonville Christian at the Bay Family Sportsplex.
FCS bolted to a 19-4 lead and never looked back, improving to 17-8 overall and 10-1 in the East-Middle District 1-A.
Zach Blair led the Commanders with 16 points, Joe Greenwood had 15 while Brady Stovall and Hanley Sobieszczyk each had 10 points.
FCS will host Aaron Academy Monday, Feb. 6 in the regular season finale.

MJ Christian 45, SAS 37
SEWANEE -- Mt. Juliet Christian Academy improved to 12-11 on the season following Friday's 45-37 victory at St. Andrew's-Sewanee.
The Saints rallied from a 23-19 halftime hole with a solid final 16 minutes.
Caylor Bates paced the winners with 15 points; Preston Sloan had nine and Logan Anderson eight.
MJ Christian closes the regular season at Merrol Hyde in Gallatin Monday evening.

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