TOP PHOTO: Cougar Noah Burden throws a cross court pass to Riley Faulkner in the first half of Tuesday’s district win at Powell.
POWELL, TN (WLAF) – We were all a lot younger the last time the Campbell Cougars won a basketball game at Powell. The Cougars heated up early and stayed hot the whole first half Tuesday night at Coach Jeff Hunter Gym. Even Powell’s three first half time outs weren’t enough to cool the hot cats. Watch the game HERE on demand.
Campbell started pulling away late in the first quarter to lead by a dozen at 20 to 8 to end the quarter. Twenty-five more points would go up on the Cougar’s side of the scoreboard before the half concluded. Along the way to the 45 to 26 mid-game score, Campbell built its lead out to 23 coming at 40 to 17.
Then it was Powell’s turn to turn up the heat as the Panthers scored the first 11 points of the second half to carve deep into the Cougars once large lead. Scoreless through the first six-minutes of the third quarter was Campbell until Devin Jones ripped the ropes from the top of the key for a three to break the ice and make it a 48 to 37 game.
Two Nate Walden free throws and a driving lay up by Jones kept Powell at bay as the quarter wound down. It was 52 to 43 entering the 4th frame.
Nip and tuck went the game that was once not so close. Powell eventually caught Campbell at 58. From there, Nate Walden knocked down a three for some cushion at 61 to 58, and though the nail biting continued for Cougar fans, Campbell led from there to the finish line.
Jones hit one of two free tosses to make it 62 to 58 with 2:06 left. Nate Walden drew a charge followed by a John John Long put back pushing the lead out to 64 to 58. Powell scratched back with free throws 20-seconds apart making it 64 to 60. The Panthers made the first of two free throws with :49 remaining with the miss rebounded and put back in as the Orange-n-Black was a point shy of CCHS.
At 64 to 63, Walden, 6-6 at the stripe in the second half, converted two free throws taking Campbell up by three. A Panther bucket made it a one-point game again this time at the 20-second juncture. Powell got the ball back and missed a three with :16 left. Two more Walden free tosses gave the Cougars a 68 to 65 edge. A Powell make and a miss on a two-shot opportunity at the line pulled the Panthers to within 68 to 66. Noah Burden snagged the rebound, was fouled and missed both free throws.
Powell had one last shot to tie it or win it. It missed it. And the Cougars made it their third win in a row.
With the 68 to 66 win, Campbell is 4 & 5 and a 3-4 district mark. CCHS visits Central on Thursday.
Nate Walden (above) stirred memories of his papaw Jerry Walden, the leading scorer in the state for Wynn back in the day. Young Walden proudly carried on papaw’s legacy with a 26-point, 10-rebound night.
Devin Jones scored 13 points as the scoring spread down the roster from there with Bryson Horton adding nine, a career high, as John John Long, fouling out late, chipped in eight. Spencer Boshears, after missing a couple of games, made a nice return to action with five followed by three from Burden and two each from Seth Ward and Riley Faulkner went on the books.
Ward took a tumble defending down the sideline in front of the Powell bench with 90-seconds to go. In the process, his head hit the floor. At last word, the savvy senior was being evaluated by CCHS Trainer Karen Morton.
Campbell Coach Ernie Clawson told WLAF’s Josh Parker “winning is contagious.” The first year coach of the Cougars explained that “winning means something to them now, because it didn’t at the first of the year.”
“We came out and punched them (Powell) in the mouth, and they weren’t expecting that,” said Clawson. CCHS had a 25 point second quarter but could only muster 23 markers the entire last half. He went on to say how proud he is of his players and applauded them on regaining their composure to win it in the end after a hot first half gave way to a cool second half. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/20/2021-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF’S MATTHEW MOORE)
UPDATED CCHS 2020-2021 Basketball Schedule (01/21/2021-6AM)
NOV 17 A Lady Cougars 57 Hardin Valley Academy 28
NOV 19 H Bearden 59 Lady Cougars 37
Bearden 91 Cougars 48
DEC 10 H C AK 60 Lady Cougars 45
Cougars 87 Knoxville Ambassadors 71
DEC 11 A Lady Cougars 60 Anderson County 52
Anderson County 86 Cougars 53
TUE JAN 5 Karns AWAY
Lady Cougars 70 Karns 35 Karns 78 Cougars 63
THU Jan 7 Oak Ridge HOME
Oak Ridge 62 Lady Cougars 42 Oak Ridge 81 Cougars 50
SAT JAN 9 Clinton* HOME
Clinton 62 Cougars 51 (the girls game was postponed)
TUE JAN 12 Halls HOME
Halls 53 Lady Cougars 50 Cougars 51 Halls 48
FRI JAN 15 Karns HOME
Lady Cougars 73 Karns 31 Cougars 71 Karns 65
SAT JAN 16 Fulton HOME (Girls ONLY)
Fulton 55 Lady Cougars 45
TUE JAN 19 Powell AWAY
Powell 51 Lady Cougars 39 Cougars 68 Powell 66
THU JAN 21 Central AWAY
SAT JAN 23 Clinton AWAY
JVs 4 pm .. Lady Cougars 5:30 pm .. Cougars 7 pm
MON JAN 25 Cocke Co. HOME
TUE JAN 26 Halls AWAY
THU JAN 28 Anderson Co. HOME
SAT JAN 30 Powell HOME
TUE FEB 2 Central HOME
FRI FEB 5 Oak Ridge AWAY
MON FEB 8 Clinton HOME – Lady Cougars ONLY at 6:30 pm
TUE FEB 9 Cocke Co. AWAY
THU FEB 11 Scott HOME
Unless otherwise noted, ALL game times are:
JV games tip at 4:30 pm – Varsity Girls at 6 pm – Varsity Boys at 7:30 pm
The WLAF – Doyle’s Tire Shop Sports Network brings you all the live action of CCHS Cougar and Lady Cougar Basketball. Josh Parker is behind the mic for the radio, TV and DOTCOM coverage. That’s on radio, tune-in to either AM 1450 or FM 100.9. For the live telecast, connect to www.1450wlaf.com, WLAF-TV 12, Roku TV, Amazon Firestick, Twitch TV, Facebook or YouTube. Search for WLAF on Amazon Firestick and WLAF Sports on YouTube.
Thank you to our corporate partners who make coverage of the Cougars on WLAF possible:
Alco Builders and Realty
Byrge Screen Printing
Community Trust Bank
Cumberland Gap Medical
Doyle’s Tire Shop
E.E. Hill & Son
First National Bank
Jacksboro Body Shop
Lace to Pearls
La Follette Medical Center
Norris Lake Boat Center
Peoples Bank of the South
Representative Dennis Powers
Rice Oil – Marathon
Senator Ken Yager
Travis Thompson Norris Lake Insurance
United Cumberland Bank
(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/20/2021-6AM)