Coach Troy Allens Golden Bears are 14-10 overall and basically playing with house money after graduation and transfers gutted last years squad.
I think Fridays game will mean quite a bit more to Wilson Central than it does to us, Allen said. We didnt really have a feeling on what to expect from our guys -- based on our lack of experience.
Trailing Station Camp 16-5 early, Mt. Juliet climbed back into the game and pulled ahead in the late stages of the third period. Reagan Johnson led the Bears with 19 points while Thomas Sharpe had 14 and Nolan Chowbay nine.
The Wildcats fell to 19-7 overall after Tuesday nights heartbreaking loss to Portland -- a game that seesawed back and forth until the Panthers connected on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
Fridays game should be a dandy, said WC coach Troy Bond. The winner gets a better seeding in the tournament and that certainly will have some advantages. Hopefully, the Portland game was a strong wake-up call to get us focused on Mt. Juliet play and the tournament next week.
Steady junior Jacob Williams led the Wildcats with 17 points. Blake Huffman had 10 and Ben Palmer finished with seven points -- including a free throw with 4.1 second left that gave his team a 48-47 lead.
The girls game starts at 6:30 p.m. and features a Wilson Central team sporting a 13-12 overall mark and an 8-5 record in 9AAA.
Central pounded Portland 67-27 Tuesday as Rachel Bean had a dozen points. Mt. Juliet slid to 18-7 / 11-2 in 9AAA after Tuesdays 77-64 loss at Station Camp.
Also on tap Friday is Lebanon Highs regular season finale -- a 6:30 p.m. home doubleheader with District 9AAA rival Portland.