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Hawks pull away from Antioch in fourth

Feb. 28—GALLATIN — Green Hill's boys had a much tougher fight on their hands last Saturday afternoon than their 59-47 final score win over Antioch might indicate.

The Hawks led just 40-38 going into the fourth quarter of the Region 6-4A quarterfinal game at Gallatin's Jerry Vradenburg Gym/Bobby Luna Court.

Neither team scored for the first couple of minutes of the final stanza. But Green Hill eventually scored the first seven points of the period to turn a back-and-forth game into a 47-38 lead before Antioch scored with 1:45 to play.

"We knew what we were playing against," Green Hill coach Troy Allen said of Bears, who ended a 21-9 season. "There're three great teams in that league. Any of the three are hard to beat. We knew what it was going to take."

The teams battled to a 14-14 first-quarter deadlock. The pattern continued in the second until Kenny Ellis hit a pullup jumper in the closing seconds for a 28-27 Green Hill edge going into halftime.

Rex Harmon hit back-to-back 3-pointers to open a 36-29 Green Hill lead before Antioch answered with consecutive bombs from Christopher Morris to cut the Hawks' lead to one. But the Bears never led again, forging a 37-37 tie on a Chris Aveary free throw with 1:29 to play. A 3 by Aaron Mattingly with a minute left put GHHS back in front 40-37 going into the fourth.

"We really executed," Allen said. "The kids were almost flawless in their execution. We didn't make every shot but we took good shots and we got good shots. Defensively, we fought them. They're a special rebounding team and we did a pretty good job."

Mattingly hit two 3-pointers and all four fourth-quarter free throws to lead Green Hill with 18 points. Ellis also hit two triples and capped his 16-point outing with a driving slam as time expired. Harmon hit three second-half 3s on his way to 13. Antjuan Welch hit 5 of 6 fourth-quarter free throws on his way to eight. Welch also had an assist on a first-quarter lob to Mattingly for a dunk. Tanner Bolton and Ayden Sadler each scored two as the Hawks improved to 19-9 going into last night's semifinal against Hillsboro, also at Gallatin.

"Shot selection is such a big deal in this game," Allen said. "Playing at our tempo — they want to play in the 80s. We don't want to play in the 80s. Holding them to 47 is pretty special."

Last night's winners will play for the championship at 7 p.m. tomorrow with the champs hosting next Monday's sectional and the runner up going on the road.

Jaiden Claybrook scored 17 points and Maddox Bodenhamer 11 for the Bears, who ended a 21-9 season.

"You got to give something up," Allen said. "We're trying to contest 3s. We (hold) Claybrook to (17), he's a pretty special player. We want him shooting 3s and contested. That's what we got."

Harris' 22 not enough for Lebanon to overcome Siegel's two 20-plus scorersMURFREESBORO — Two Stars scored at least 20 points last Saturday night as Siegel outscored visiting Lebanon 66-57 in the Region 4-4A first round.

Carter Webb threw in three 3-pointers and all five of his free throws in tossing in 22 points for Siegel. Mac Moss fired in four triples, including four in his 10-point fourth-quarter as he totaled 20 as the Stars advanced to last night's semifinal against Cookeville at Oakland's Randy King Gym with a 25-4 record.

Avery Harris countered with 22 points, including four triples during his 14-points fourth quarter, to lead Lebanon, whose season ended at 15-18.

Lebanon led 18-12 at the first-quarter break as Brice Njezic threw in two of his three first-half triples in his eight-point period.

But Webb heated up in the second with nine points as Siegel overtook Lebanon 34-29 by halftime. The Stars carried a 42-36 margin into the fourth.

Njezic notched 11 points for Lebanon while Brody Reasonover racked up two triples for his six. T.J. Searcy and Marques Anglin each finished with four points, Cash Williams a three-point play and John Binion a free throw.

Wildcats ousted by Blackman

MURFREESBORO — Wilson Central was no match for host Blackman as the Blaze ousted the visiting Wildcats from the Region 4-4A tournament 59-25.

Blackman advanced to last night's semifinal with a 16-11 record.

Central's season ended at 13-19.