CPA opens Class AA boys state tournament the way it ended last year's

Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 9:06pm
Staff reports

Jalen Lindsey scored 23 points, had seven rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals as defending champion Christ Presbyterian Academy cruised to a 71-47 victory over Memphis Mitchell in a TSSAA Class AA quarterfinal Thursday at Murfreesboro.

The Lions (35-2) scored the game’s first eight points and never trailed. They led by as many as 21 in the first half and twice stretched their advantage to 32 in the second half.

They shot 57.8 percent from the field, despite some struggles with 3-pointers, outrebounded Mitchell (23-8) by five, 32-27, and had four of their five starters score in double figures.

“It feels good to get off to a good start at state,’’ Lindsey said. “This kind of game shows what we can do when we all play well, especially against a good team like Mitchell.’’

Thomas Richard made all four of his first-half field goal attempts and seven of nine for the game. He finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. Braxton Bonds and Jake Allsmiller each added 10 points. Allsmiller did so despite uncharacteristic shooting woes (1-for-6 3-pointers, 5-for-10 free throws).

“Teams have be aware of where [Lindsey] is, and there’s no one in the state who can guard him," Bonds said. "When the defense sags off, that leaves things open for me and our other guys.’’

Jeremiah Martin scored a team-high 17 points for Mitchell, which made 17 shots and committed 15 turnovers.

The contest was a rematch of the 2012 championship game. CPA won that one 78-64.

“A great effort by our guys,’’ coach Drew Maddux said. “We were excited about the rematch with Mitchell, with a chance to prove ourselves again. We got off to a fast start, and I could tell early during our shoot-around that we were ready."

• East Nashville eliminated: Terry Holt had a team-high 15 points but a pair of sustained scoring droughts cost East Nashville in a 59-43 loss to Howard in a Class AA quarterfinal.

The Eagles’ offense stalled for the second time over the final 4:22. Behind by four (46-42) after Christian Scott’s free throw they were outscored 13-1 the rest of the way.

East Nashville (27-8) also was outscored 14-0 during a 4:40 stretch of the first half that included parts of the first and second quarters.

Howard (28-5) led by as many as 13 in the first half but the Eagles came back. A four-point play by Holt with 4:35 to play in the third quarter gave them a 33-31 lead. That, however, was the last time they were in front.

Bobby Scott added 12 points and nine rebounds for East Nashville, which shot 28.1 percent from the field and made just three of 15 3-pointers. The Eagles did force 19 turnovers.

Howard’s Brandon Walters had game-highs with 19 points and 14 rebounds. He also blocked two shots and had two steals. Cudjoe Young added 16 points and seven rebounds.