Clarksville, TN — In the second game of first day of the New Year’s Basketball Bash at Rossview High School Wednesday, the host Rossview Hawks faced Gatlinburg-Pittman High School and managed the 51-48 win.
In the last five minutes of the fourth quarter, both teams got a little uncomfortable as they saw the points get closer. The intensity of the game picked up when, with 5:11 left, Hawks head coach Johnny Jackson instructed Carson to hold the ball at the top of the arc until the clock read 3:56. During those two minutes, the Highlanders did their best to keep warm and figure out the strategy as their fans shouted jeer after jeer.
Once play commenced, Rossview turned over the ball and the Highlanders went in for the lay up and the cut the deficit to 38-36. Both teams hit 3s, with the Highlanders’ Clay Leatherwood, the team’s second leading scorer with 12 points, hitting his to keep his team trailing 41-39.
Welden went to the free-throw line, where made both of his and put Rossview up 43-39. The Hawks then jumped out to a 50-43 lead thanks to Anfernee Lisenbee — who led the Hawks with 18 points — steal, spin at the half court line and eventual lay-up. But Leatherwood answered back back with an immediate 3 and sliced the advantage to 50-46 with 6.4 seconds to go.
With five seconds left, Carson was fouled and went to the line where he went 1-of-2. Before the first shot, Jackson the team, “Not to foul, no matter what.”
And after Carson sank the second free throw, the Highlanders’ Davis Sorbet was fouled at the other end on a 3-point attempt with 1.6 seconds left. Sorbet went 2-of-3, but Rossview got the ball up the floor to seal the win.
In the first three quarters of play, though the Highlanders played with a street-ball style aggression, they remained scoreless to the Hawks’ six points until 4:26 left in the first quarter with Brandon Stewart’s three-pointer. The Hawks finished the first half ahead 27-18 and finished the third quarter leading 38-30.
The Hawks return to play at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Rossview High school in the second and final day of the New Years Basketball Bash against Gatlinburg-Pittman High School.
Rossview High School 51, Gatlinburg-Pittman High School 48
Rossview 14 13 11 13 — 51
Gatlinburg-Pittman 11 7 12 18 — 48
Rossview: Anfernee Lisenbee 18, Kris Carson 12, Kyle Welden 12, Brandon Miller 3, Venn Biter 2, Axel Magnuson 2, Chris Williams 2
Gatlinburg-Pittman: Brandon Stewart 17, Clay Leatherwood 12, Davis Sorbet 9, Steffan Schroeder 6, Matt Hinton 2, Blake Dubin 2
About James D. Horne
James D. Horne began his writing career at the Carrollton Missouri Democrat in 1995, and was the assistant sports editor/writer for the Hammond Louisiana Daily Star for two years. In 1998, Horne became the Missouri Basketball beat writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune. He joined The Leaf-Chronicle in Oct. 2003 as the lead prep writer and became the Austin Peay beat writer in March of 2005. During his career he won a state association sports writing award at the Daily Star and two while at the Leaf-Chronicle.
Originally from Tampa, Florida, Horne earned his B.A in communications from Central Methodist University in Fayette Missouri.
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