Jeff Miller scored 19 points and Abram Edwards added 13 more as the fourth-seeded DeKalb County High School Tiger basketball team advanced to the semi-finals of the District 7-AA Tournament, with a 56-54 win over fifth-seeded Cannon County, Friday night at Tennessee Tech. The Tigers blew a 14-point first half lead, and had to fight back from a nine-point third period deficit to earn the win, and also claim a berth into next week's Region 4-AA Tournament in the process.
The Tigers got off to a hot start, hitting 4-of-7 three-point attempts in the first period, three of those coming from Miller, who had nine points in the quarter. DeKalb County led 16-9 at the end of the first, and owned a 25-11 lead, with 5:52 to go in the half. The Lions rallied, however, using a 15-0 run to go up, 26-25, with 1:08 to go in the half. The Tigers scored the last basket of the half, and took a 27--26 lead into the locker room at the intermission.
DeKalb County continued to struggle offensively in the third period, as Cannon County scored the first six points of the half, and opened up a 38-29 lead, with 3:06 to go in the third. The Tigers got to within four, at 38-34, at the end of the period, and went on a 12-2 run to take a 46-40 lead, with 5:03 to go in the game. Again, the Lions fought back, and went ahead, 51-50, with 1:45 to play, but that would prove to be the final Cannon County lead of the game. DeKalb County closed out the game with a 22-16 edge in the fourth period, as the Tigers ended Cannon County's season, and set themselves up with a semi-final showdown with top-seeded Livingston Academy on Saturday.
Hunter Poteete also hit double-figures with 11 points for DeKalb County, who won their fifth consecutive ballgame, and improved to 17-10 overall on the season. Justin Davenport scored 21 points to lead Cannon County, who finished the season with a final mark of 11-17.
In other games on Friday, the third-seeded Smith County Owlettes eliminated the sixth-seeded Macon County Tigerettes, 48-36. Macon County put an end to the DeKalb County Lady Tigers' basketball season on Thursday.
The third-seeded Macon County Tigers, meanwhile, knocked off the sixth-seeded Smith County Owls, 64-59, and the fourth-seeded Cannon County Lionettes won a 61-60 thriller over the fifth-seeded York Institute Dragonettes.
Saturday's games will feature a girls' match-up between second-seeded Livingston Academy and third-seeded Smith County at 11:00 a.m. That game will be followed by a boys' match-up between second-seeded Upperman and third-seeded Macon County at 12:30 p.m. The third game of the day will pit the girls' top-seed, Upperman, against the number-four seed, Cannon County, at 2:00 p.m. The last game of the afternoon will be the fourth-seeded DeKalb County Tigers against the top-seeded Livingston Academy Wildcats at 3:30 p.m. WJLE plans live coverage of the Tigers-Wildcats game.
All games in the District 7-AA basketball tournament are being played at Hooper-Eblen Center at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville.