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Before the Rockwood Middle School Tigers went on to win the Area 4 AA tournament in Harriman, they had to get through the semifinal round on Friday, something that didn’t pose much of a problem.
The Tigers jumped out to a quick lead and coasted to a 40-25 win over Lenoir City, setting up the title game against Wartburg, a team coached by former Tiger Thomas Davis.
Wartburg advanced with a thrilling win over Midway, 46-43, a game that was played after the Tigers’ victory on Friday.
The undefeated Tigers just have too much talent for most teams in the area, something again proven against Lenoir City.
Rockwood went ahead 10-4 at the end of the first quarter behind the play of Drake Long and Colyer Hicks. That lead swelled to 18-10 at the end of the first.
Lenoir City played gritty, but Rockwood was able to use their inside/outside game to perfection, getting Case Miller, Hicks and Colby Turner involved during the third quarter.
Heading into the fourth, Rockwood led 25-15.
While Lenoir City was still in the game, the Tigers squashed any thoughts of a comeback with a 8-0 run to start the fourth. Rockwood went on to the 40-25 win.
Rockwood (40) Hicks 13, Long 9, Miller 8, Turner 5, Neerman 4, Inman 1.
Midway vs. Wartburg
Midway was in control of this game, leading 37-26 going into the fourth quarter.
Things changed quickly.
Wartburg caught fire, scoring 20 points in the final stanza to claim a thrilling 46-43 win.
Neither team lit it up early, but the Green Waves were able to lead 9-6 heading into the second.
Offenses starting clicking in the second, with both teams able to get the scoring rolling. Midway had a ton of people get involved offensively with Jason Gaus and Cameron Hashmi leading the way in the second. Midway held a slim 24-23 lead at the halftime break.
Wartburg went cold in the third and the Green Waves took advantage, leading 37-26 when the period ended. Zach Edwards and Mason Woody played well in that third quarter, lifting the Green Waves to a big lead.
It appeared Midway was on its way to a championship game against rival Rockwood, but that didn’t pan out.
The Bulldogs roared ahead late the game and held off Midway, celebrating a 46-43 in the best game of the tournament.
Midway (43) Edwards 11, Gaus 7, Hashmi 6, Dishner 6, Woody 5, Schommer 4, Colyer 2, Caldwell 2.