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Excitement abounds at middle school tournament

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The middle school tournament that finished Saturday had just about everything you can ask for in a basketball tournament.

There were some negatives and we’ll look at them Sunday. Today, let’s concentrate on the positives, and there were many.

In girls, a third-seeded Stewarts Creek team that overachieved all year lost their semifinal game, 49-10, to the Blackman Flames, who won the last two tournaments.

In the other semifinal game, 2013 regular season league champion Rock Springs handled Christiana, 37-22.

Brinae Alexander had 17 points to lead the Knights, while the Cougars were led by Tamajai Radley with 13 and Alexis Whittington had nine.

The third place game was won by Christiana, 38-24 over Stewarts Creek.

The finals proved to be another dream matchup between Rock Springs and Blackman. Rock Springs had won both games over Blackman this season, the last one by a single point in double overtime. Rock Springs won this game as well, with a 32-29 victory, and claimed a championship.

There are always reasons teams win and lose.

This close game was won by Rock Springs because the players got rid of the championship game nervousness first and claimed a 7-2 early lead.

Blackman fought back but had way too many turnovers, 15 to the Knights' nine. The rebound battle was tied at 23 and wasn’t a factor.

Taylor Freeman had nine points for Blackman and Nia Vanzant and Bria Dial had seven each.

Rock Springs player Kesha Brady had 13 points and was the tournament MVP while Brandi Ferby followed with 11.

In boys, Christiana beat Stewarts Creek 47-23. The Cougars were likely the better team regardless, but the Falcons were slowed by having at least one starter out in every tournament game.

La Vergne beat Oakland 60-59 in triple overtime to advance to the finals. Oakland’s Omar Lyons had 26 points in the loss.

In the consolation games, Lyons added 18 more to his tournament total and Cody Miller had 13 points as Oakland beat Stewarts Creek 55-45.

The finals, La Vergne versus Christiana, proved to be a terrific game. The Cougars had a strong start but were only leading by one at the half. In the second half, La Vergne won the rebound battle, had more shots and won the game on a 3-pointer by tournament MVP Bryce Williams with nine seconds left.

It was truly an impressive 44-43 win.

The La Vergne boys led a charmed life in the tournament, winning by five points in overtime, one point in three overtimes and one point in the final.

What a week. Congrats to all on a great tournament.

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