Friendship 56, MJ Christian 47

LEBANON -- An 8-0 run to open the fourth quarter helped lead Friendship Christian School to a 56-47 win over rival Mt. Juliet Christian Tuesday at the Bay Family Sportsplex.

Saint Shawn Link drilled a deep 3-pointer at the third quarter buzzer to trim Friendship's lead to 34-31, but the Commanders answered the bell early in the fourth and pushed the margin out to 42-31.

"I was pleased with our effort tonight," said FCS coach Ben Johnson.

"They [MJCA] hit some three's later in the fourth quarter, but we stayed aggressive offensively to keep some separation."

The Commanders (8-11 overall / 1-5 region) led 23-15 at intermission, but Mt. Juliet Christian closed the gap with a 16-11 third quarter effort.

Andrew Mathis led FCS with 17 points while Dillon Turner knocked down three 3-pointers and finished with 12.

Kaelin Horton contributed eight points, all in the final eight minutes, including two 3-pointers. Mitch Pelham and Max Duckwiler had four each, Bryce Miller three and La'Quarrius Talley 3.

Mt. Juliet Christian (5-8 / 0-6) was led by Link's 14 points and 11 each from Jordan Willis and Carter Branim. Montrell Walker scored six points and Luke Nave had five.

The Saints will be back in action Friday, Jan. 10 at home against Davidson Academy. Friendship Christian is scheduled to play at Nashville Christian School Friday.

Mt. Juliet 71, Portland 47

MT. JULIET -- Host Mt. Juliet took control early and never looked back in Tuesday's 71-47 win over District 9AAA rival Portland at Tommy Martin Gymnasium.

The Bears led 17-9 early and took a 32-14 lead into halftime. Mt. Juliet closed the door with a 23-13 third period effort.

Lipscomb-signee Will Pruitt paced the Bears with 20 points -- including a pair of 3-pointers.

Riggs Abner, Charles Clark and Isaac Thompson each added 13 points as Mt. Juliet moved to 12-2 overall / 3-0 in District.

Portland (10-7 / 0-3) got 18 points from Eagle and 15 from Bell.

Mt. Juliet will host Beech Friday, Jan. 10 while Portland entertains Hendersonville.

Lebanon 72, Wilson Central 50

GLADEVILLE -- His team nursing a comfortable 33-23 lead coming out of intermission, Lebanon's Gaven Reasonover connected on a trio of 3-pointers early in the third quarter to ignite a 20-2 run as the Blue Devils defeated rival Wilson Central 72-50 Tuesday night.

"Gaven hit those three's to get us going in the second half," said LHS coach Jim McDowell. "That gave us a little cushion. Wilson Central has a solid transition-type attack, so getting a lead with big."

Senior postman David Greene paced five Blue Devils in double figures with 17 points. Jamar Kynard added 15, Reasonover and Polo Phillips had 11 each and Malcolm Logue had 10 -- including a pair of 3-pointers.

Kobe Tibbs scored five points and Luka Saller added a late 3-pointer to round out the LHS scoring.

Adler Kerr went 5-for-5 at the line and led Wilson Central with 15 points. Caleb Lawrence nailed four 3-pointers on the way to 14 and Jordan Beard added 11 as WCHS slipped to 7-7 overall / 0-3 in District 9AAA.

Lebanon (13-3 / 2-1) plays at Station Camp Friday, Jan. 10 while Wilson Central visits Gallatin.

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