Big second half has CPA boys on the brink of another AA state title

Friday, March 15, 2013 at 10:34pm
Staff reports

Jalen Lindsey had 25 points and 16 rebounds and led a second-half charge that carried Christ Presbyterian Academy to a 63-48 victory over Livingston Academy in a TSSAA Class AA boys semifinal Friday at Murfreesbro.

With the victory the Lions earned a spot in Saturday’s state championship game and the opportunity to win a second consecutive title.

The first half included five lead changes and three ties and ended with CPA up by one, 27-26.

The Lions took control with a 12-3 third-quarter run that lasted 3:58 and included a pair of Lindsey dunks one minute apart. Thomas Richard’s 3-pointer as time expired in the third quarter pushed the lead to 12 (48-36) and Livingston Academy got no closer than eight over the final eight minutes.

CPA (36-2) made 15 of 25 second-half shots (60 percent). Lindsey made six of nine and grabbed 10 rebounds over the final two quarters, and Richard scored all eight of his points after halftime.

Livingston Academy (29-9) made just seven second-half field goals, six of them 3-pointers. Brock McCoin made six of 11 3-pointers in the contest and finished with a team-high 22 points. Mason Ramsey added 16 points and eight rebounds.

CPA will face Jackson South Side (28-3) in the championship game. Tip-off is 6 p.m.

• Brentwood eliminated: Jack Bautista and Andy Schumpert scored 10 points each but Brentwood fell 54-32 to Memphis Southwind in a Class AAA semifinal.

Bautista got the Bruins (30-5) off to a good start with a 3-pointer that made it 3-2 just over a minute into the contest.

They surrendered the next nine points, though, and never led again. The closest they got was one, 18-17, when Schumpert made a jump shot with one minute to play in the first half.

Southwind (33-6) got a 3-pointer before the end of the half and opened the second half with a 14-2 that effectively put the game out of reach. Southwind ultimately scored more points in both the third (17) and fourth quarters (16) than Brentwood had the entire second half.

Southwind’s Jujuan Johnson led all scorers with 18 points. Teammate Jonathan Williams made seven of eight field goal attempts and finished with 17 points and a game-high eight rebounds.