Tigers slip up in district home game

Thursday, January 31, 2019
Devonte Davis had six points in the Tigers’ loss to Murfreesboro Central Magnet Monday night at Lewisburg.
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A battle of Tigers from Murfreesboro Central Magnet School (14-8, 3-3) and MCHS (11-11, 5-1) completed Monday night’s District 12-AA doubleheader contest.

The Central Magnet Tigers scored a 60-50 win, avenging an earlier loss to Lewisburg.

MCHS, coming off an emotional win over Community on Friday, wore special jerseys for the “Pink Out” night (American Cancer Society) at the Dottie Kelso Memorial Gymnasium in Lewisburg.

The loss also saw MCHS fall to second place in District 12-AA, trailing first place Nolensville.

Magnet controlled the tip and Jack Smith fired in a three and MCM jumped out 3-0 and after an MCHS missed shot, Smith canned another three and the lead was 6-0.

Devonte Davis scored on a put-back and MCHS was on the board.

MCM’s Steph Laird scored before KJ Johnson launched a rainbow from deep in the corner that hit nothing but net to make it a three-point game.

The teams traded baskets as Patrick Norman scored for Magnet and Johnson for MCHS.

A three by Jayden Hernandez was answered by another basket from Johnson.

Hernandez scored again on a jumper and Will Carver added a three for Magnet, but Cornelius Turner popped a three for MCHS and Keshun Gentry made a three of his own to tie it up at 18.

A basket by Carver put the lead at 20-18 in favor of Central Magnet with time winding down in the first half.

Johnson worked his magic with a long 3-pointer near the buzzer and at the end of the first quarter, MCHS led 21-20.

Senior Keshun Gentry had 12 points for the Tigers on Senior Night.

Magnet regained the lead with baskets by Gage Swanson and Norman before Gentry responded with a basket for MCHS.

The teams traded baskets with Micah Harris for Magnet, a floater by Johnson, and a jumper by Norman as the teams fought back and forth.

Johnson scored for MCHS and Laird countered for MCM on a good move near the basket.

Josh Lee sank a basket for Magnet and Gentry completed the scoring in the second quarter with MCM in front 32-29.

Magnet with the ball-in started the third quarter with Norman scoring again. A three by Hernandez stretched the lead to eight at 37-29.

Gentry answered with a two for MCHS, but Magnet countered with a basket by Carver and a three by Swanson.

Johnson was fouled on a drive and converted two from the charity stripe, but Magnet’s Harris added a free throw and the score was 43-33.

After a rebound off an MCHS miss, Magnet was content to hold the ball for a last shot, but the attempt rolled off the rim and the quarter ended with MCM up by 10 points.

The fourth quarter started with ball-in by MCHS and a Malik Thomison basket, but Magnet added a basket and a free throw by Laird.

Johnson scored a two-pointer and on the inbound pass, caused Magnet to turn the ball over, but the MCHS Tigers could not convert on the miscue.

Hernandez scored on a jumper, but another three by Turner kept the Tigers close.

MCHS committed its seventh team foul, putting Magnet into the one-and-one with 3:46 left in the game.

Two free throws by Carver was answered by a 3-pointer by Johnson and that was followed by three trips down the court by both teams resulting in no points.

Laird scored a basket and with 2:12 left, Magnet was up 52-46.

After a time out, Laird bagged another basket and Gentry responded for MCHS with a jumper.

At the 53.4 mark with the Magnet Tigers up 57-48, Smith drilled three free-throws before Davis added a final basket for MCHS.

Magnet then held the ball as the seconds ticked off to end the game.

Reflecting off the loss Keshun Gentry said, “I try my best to play good defense for my team and you’re going to see that intensity from me for the rest of the season.” Keshun’s intensity was evident and it showed in the game.

MCM 20 12 11 16-60

MCHS 21 8 4 17-50

Murfreesboro Central Magnet (60): Jayden Hernandez 11, Will Carver 11, Steph Laird 11, Jack Smith 9, Patrick Norman 8, Gage Swanson 5, Micah Harris 3, Josh Lee 2.

3-Point Goals (6): Hernandez 2, Smith 2, Swanson, Carver.

Free Throws (10-for-18): Carver 4-for-4, Smith 3-for-4, Hernandez 1-for-2, Harris 1-for-4, Norman 0-for-1.

MCHS (69): K J Johnson 22, Keshun Gentry 12, Cornelius Turner 8, Devonte Davis 6, Malik Thomison 2.

3-Point Goals (7): Johnson 3, Gentry 2, Turner 2.

Free Throws (5-for-6): Johnson 3-for-4. Turner 2-for-2.

Halftime Score: MCM 32, MCHS 29.