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Lebanon Church League Basketball results

Mar. 6—Following a week's hiatus, the Lebanon Church Basketball League returned to the First Baptist Church Lebanon's Family Life Center for third-game action last Saturday.

Pickett Rucker UMC 67, St. Frances Cabrini 64These two long-time league members started off the day with a buzzer-beater by Kadarian Garnett of defending league champion Pickett Rucker.

But it didn't appear such late-game heroics would be necessary after Garnett poured in 19 of his 26 points in the first half as Pickett Rucker built a 15-point halftime lead.

But 2021 champion St. Frances stormed back in the second half to tie the game behind Dalton Phillips' game-high 21 points.

With the score tied with 10 seconds left, Pickett Rucker inbounded the ball at halfcourt. Point guard Lee Holden drove in and kicked out to the corner where Garnett was waiting and ready to knock down the game winner.

Maple Hill Church of Christ 65, Bethlehem Church of Christ 62In a battle of large post-oriented teams, Maple Hill was able to outrebound and outlast Bethlehem. Neither team led by more than five points in a first half which ended in a 36-36 tie.

The second half was more of the same. Maple Hill took the win as Hanley Sobieszyck finished at the rim and from midrange to lead the way with 21 points.

Mark Sandolval scored a game-high 24 to lead Bethlehem.

The Journey 67, Providence UMC 62The Journey threatened to rout 2022-champion Providence, sinking seven first-half 3-pointers to build a 17-point halftime lead. Providence also lost starting pint guard Jay Murphy to a serious leg injury a minute before halftime.

But Providence regrouped at halftime and chipped away at the lead behind post Austin Brown, who scored 18 of his 28 points after the break.

The Journey's Ethan Fields fired in 24 points and Young Adult Director Hunter Christian connected for 23 to help pull their team through.

Connect Church 60, Crossroads Fellowship 18Crossroads hung around in the first half as guard Ben Simons sank three quick 3-pointers.

Connect quickly adjusted and began pressuring the ball, leading to several fastbreak opportunities. Shooting guard Kevonta Black personally outscored Crossroads with 18 points, including three second-half triples.

Simons scored 12 to lead Crossroads.

Cornerstone Baptist (Carthage) 67, First Baptist Watertown 64The first half saw multiple lead changes until Cornerstone shooting guard Paul Byrnes took over just before halftime. His 20 first-half points were just enough to give his team a two-point lead at intermission.

His teammate, Kolby Sloan, scored all 11 of his points after halftime to help Cornerstone in front. Byrnes led Cornerstone with 28 points.

First Baptist Watertown was led by sharpshooter Seth Price, who hit five triples on his way to a team-high 20 points.

Mt. Juliet Church of God 54, Generation Changers 51Mt. Juliet got its first win of the season behind three double-digit scorers, including 20 points from shooting guard Jaylan Clemmons.

Generation Changers suffered its first loss of the season despite having 14 players and employing a platoon subbing pattern. GC used its depth to trim a 10-point halftime deficit in the second half. O'Keefe McCarver missed a halfcourt shot at the buzzer which would have tied the game.

Donelson campus pastor/shooting guard Blake Belford led Generation Changers with 12 points on four triples.

This Saturday's games

1 p.m. The Journey vs. St. Frances

2 p.m. Connect Church vs. First Baptist Watertown

3 p.m. Providence vs. MJ Church of God

4 p.m. Pickett Rucker vs. Maple Hill

5 p.m. Crossroads Fellowship vs. Bethlehem

6 p.m. Cornerstone vs. Generation Changers

StandingsThe Journey 3-0

Providence 2-1

St. Frances 2-1

Generation Changers 2-1

Connect Church 2-1

Cornerstone Baptist Carthage 2-1

Bethlehem Church of Christ 1-2

First Baptist Watertown 2-1

MJ Church of God 1-2

Pickett Rucker 1-2

Maple Hill Church of Christ 1-2

Crossroads Fellowship 0-3