Rail Runners Run Past Memphis, 110-87

5-1 in First Place in CBA

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

Baylor School graduate Jonathan Adams' double-double (15 pts./13 rebounds), 14 rebounds from Z. McClendon and 19 points from Alex Dean guided the Chattanooga Rail Runners to a 110-85 win against the Memphis Soul Kings in a Central Basketball League game Sunday at the Rossville Athletic Complex.

The Rail Runners improve to a league-leading 5-1 record, while Memphis is 2-4.

The Soul Kings were led by Reginald Christian with 24 points, followed by Jahrill Holmes (17) and Tyrell Hursey (12).

Chattanooga travels to Bowling Green (Ky,) Friday and then to Middle Tenn. Storm in Nashville (April 26) with the next home game on April 27 vs. Fort Wayne (Ind.).

The Rail Runners started fast leading 14-7 at the six minute mark on an alley oop basket by Alex Dean.

he highlight of the first quarter was a 60-foot basket at the buzzer by former UTC player Dante Hampton for a 30-15 lead.

Chattanooga extended the lead to 30 (57-27) at halftime.

"We wanted to start fast with lots of energy, pressure them on defense and control the offensive boards which I think we did," said Rail Runnners coach Rodney English who is also the head boys coach at East Hamilton High School.

"Even though we beat them in Memphis the second game of the season, they won the battle on the offensive boards and we wanted to change that today and we did.

The Rail Runners won the overall rebounding battle, 62-40.

For Chattanooga, Z.. McClendon led all players with 14 boards, followed by Adams (13) and Alex Dean (9).

The top rebounders for Memphis was Jonathan Stevens with 12, Lewis McCaster (7) and Reginald Christian (5).

Second Half: The Soul Kings came out strong in the third quarter scoring the first 11 points to trail by 19 at 57-38 in the first three minutes.

But the hosts went on a  11-4 run to lead 68-42 and led by 27 at 84-57 after three quarters. The largest lead of the quarter was 28 points at 80-52 on a Scates' basket.

The Rail Runners continued the offensive pace in the final 12 minutes, maintaining a 20 point plus lead to the final horn.

"We started the season with four straight wins, followed by a bad loss to Middle Tennessee here at home and I challenged the guys to win another four straight and then we will see where we are at," English stated. "Today's win is a good start to hopefully another four straight."

Chattanooga 110, Memphis 87

Memphis 15 - 12 - 30 - 30 -- 87

Chattanooga 30 - 27 - 27 - 26 -  110.

Chattanooga (110)  E'Jay Ward (10), Quincy Scates (8), Jonathan Adams (15), Mike Robertson (12), Rob Murphy (4), Dontay Hampton (7), Alex Wells (15), Z. McClendon (3), Dominique Harper (7), Steve Bennett (8), Alex Dean (19), Josh McGregory (2)

Memphis (87) Edward Graves (7), Reginald Christian (24), Jonathan Stevens (6), Lewis McCaster (4), Jahrell Holmes (17), Hauns Brerton (11), Tyrell Hursey (12), Nate Nash (6), Darren Currie

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net


Moran Wins 46th PGA Tennessee Professional Championship

MORAN CAPTURES 46th PGA TENNESSEE PROFESSIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP KNOXVILLE – Scott Moran of Knoxville, TN, winner of the Tennessee Section PGA Professional Championship, Aug. 18-20 at Holston Hills Country Club will lead six Section PGA Professionals to compete in the 48th PGA Professional National Championship, June 21-24, 2015, at The Philadelphia Cricket Club.  Moran turned ... (click for more)

Lookouts Hanging Tough As Season Nears End

Although they have an up-hill climb to make the playoffs, the Lookouts are not quitters. Currently tied for second in the SL North Division, the Lookouts are 3.0 games behind the Tennessee Smokies. The Smokies and Lookouts will end the season with a five-game series at AT&T Field beginning August 28. Chattanooga beat the Barons in their series finale by a score of 6-4 ... (click for more)

Boy, 16, To Face Murder Charges In Criminal Court On Triple Lookout Valley Slayings

A Lookout Valley youth who was 15 at the time of his alleged involvement in a massacre in the valley will stand trial as an adult. Jacob Allison, who is now 16, was taken by the sheriff's office to the Hamilton County Jail after a transfer hearing in Juvenile Court on Friday morning. Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw said under state law he has jurisdiction over rehabilitation ... (click for more)

Justin Wilkins Selected As Deputy Chief Of Staff For Mayor Berke

Native Chattanoogan Justin Wilkins will serve as Mayor Andy Berke's deputy chief of staff, it was announced Friday. Mr. Wilkins has spent the last several years serving as the Tennessee state director for multiple advocacy and electoral organizations, including Organizing for America and Organizing for Action. Prior to that, he worked as project manager at Profit Plans LLC ... (click for more)

Black Creek TIF Decision-Who Guards The Hen House? - And Response

Citizens of Chattanooga were invited to give public comment before their own Industrial Development Board Aug. 15. They arrived to find foxes guarding their hen house.  Many thought the meeting was their opportunity to seek redress in the ill-conceived Black Creek Tax Increment Financing plan. However, they learned it was a sham orchestrated by both the past and present ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Let’s ‘Pay It Forward’

At 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning, this at a Starbucks coffee store located at 2186 Tyrone Blvd. in St. Petersburg, Fla.,  an unidentified woman who was first in line at the drive-through window, politely told the drive-through window clerk she would like to “pay it forward.” The clerk checked the next order – it was a caramel macchiato – and the first customer paid for both her ... (click for more)