LMS Tigers chop down Sycamore
After winning the TMSAA Middle Tennessee Class AA Sectional tournament championship last year, the Lewisburg Middle School Tigers (17-0) began defense of their title on Tuesday night by defeating the Sycamore Knights 58-32 in the quarterfinals at E.O. Coffman Middle School.
Although leading scorers Jay Howard and D'Andre Brown were forced to sit out much of the second quarter due to foul trouble, LMS was able to overcome the early adversity and still held a 23-20 lead at halftime.
The Tigers then blew the game open in the second half and outscored Sycamore 35-12 over the final two periods to roll to the 26-point victory.
"We were a little tight at the start of the game and I know we were nervous in the second quarter when Jay and D'Andre were on the bench. We were still able to maintain things though and took the lead into halftime," said Lewisburg coach David Lovell. "Some other guys had to step up for us so I think it's going to help us later in the tournament. We finally relaxed in the second half and played like we're capable of playing."
Aided by their dominant second half performance, the Tigers finished with a 24-13 edge in field goals and held a 4-2 advantage in three-pointers.
"Our press started wearing them down in the second half and we started getting more fast break opportunities," said Lovell. "Once we stretched the lead out and they had to start playing us man-to-man, it was over."
D'Andre Brown led three LMS players in double figures with 16 points, while Tre Crutcher followed with 13 points. Howard also tallied 12 points, while Caleb Fields and Keevon Maxwell added eight and six points respectively. Dayveonte Brown rounded out the scoring for Lewisburg with three points.
Mitchell Langley paced Sycamore with 13 points, while Dean Olson and Josh Buck notched six and five points respectively. John Jolly and Adam Richardson chipped in four points apiece for the Knights as well.
After Lewisburg inched out to a 11-9 lead in the first quarter with the help of 9 points from D'Andre Brown, Sycamore outscored the Tigers 11-9 over the next five plus minutes to knot the game at 20-20 late in the second period.
Maxwell then buried a trey in the waning moments of the second quarter to give LMS a 23-20 advantage at the break, before the Tigers put together a 23-8 run in the third quarter behind 11 points from Howard and five points apiece from Crutcher and D'Andre Brown to forge a 46-28 advantage.
In the fourth, Lewisburg continued to distance themselves from the Knights and outscored Sycamore 12-4 in the period on the strength of four points from Crutcher and a Maxwell three to cap their 58-32 triumph.