Rail Runners Edge St. Louis, 135-124

Win Regular Season Title

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

The Chattanooga Rail Runners put eight players in double figures, including Jonathan Adams (Baylor School) with a team-high 24 to defeat the St Louis Hawks, 135-124, Saturday at the Rossville Athletic Center in a Central Basketball Association game.

The Rail Runners win the CBA regular season at 8-2 and host a semifinals game next Sat. May 17 at 7 p.m. The opponent will be determined after all league games are completed Sunday.

The Hawks (4-5) play at Middle Tenn. (Fisk Univ.) Sunday and are in the hunt for one of the final three playoff spots.

The Hawks were led by Lonnell Johnson with a game-high 35 points, followed by Alex Jackson with 27.

In a fast-paced opening quarter, there were 10 lead changes with the Rail Runners gaining the lead for good at 34-32.

First Quarter Both teams had the hot shooting hand early as Chattanooga's Jonathan Adams hit three, 3-pointers in the first five minutes, while the Hawks' Lonnell Johnson and Craig Coenen combined for 13 points in the same time period.

The Hawks led by as many five (26-21), but the Rail Runners went on a 15-8 run to close out the quarter leading by two, 36-34.

Second Quarter: Led by Dontay Hampton (7 pts) and Michael Robertson (6 pts), Chattanooga led by as many as 15 at 64-49 on a basket by Fred Sturdivant (Brainerd HS) at 2:10 before intermission.

The Hawks had cut the Rail Runners lead to seven  (66-59) ona 3-pointer by Coenen, but former UTC player Hampton hit a three from beyond the top of key at the buzzer for the 10-point lead heading to the locker room.

Third Quarter: Alex Dean led the Rail Runners with eight points, while Robertson added six. Corey Hill led the Hawks with nine. Chattanooga led by 20 at 2:40 on a lay up by Dean.

Fourth Quarter: The Hawks pulled within seven at 127-120 on a basket by Hill, but he then missed a pair of free throws at 2:56.

Chattanooga took advantage of the Hawks missed opportunity as Adams hit a trey and Harper had a big slam to push the lead to 132-121 and sealed the win.

"We played well tonight after a good week of practice," said Rail Runners coach Rodney Engiish.

"After leading by 10 points at half, we came out strong early in the third, pushed the lead to 20 and had an 18 point lead heading into the fourth.

Coach English said tonight is the first game where the Rail Runners won the third quarter (41-33).

"We have come up with two groups of players who fit well together on the court which is important and is helpful heading into the playoffs." coach English stated. 

Chattanooga 135, St. Louis 124

St. Louis 34 - 35 - 33 -  32 -- 124

Chatt 36 - 33 - 41 - 25 -- 135

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

 

.


Bryan Softball Remians Undefeated In Conference Play

Looking to remain undefeated in Appalachian Athletic Conference Play, the Bryan College Lions Softball Team had already prevailed 4-1 in game one of Thursday’s home doubleheader against the Skyhawks of Point University (Ga.), but the clean slate came down to the bottom of the seventh inning in the second game. Trailing 4-3, Bryan starting pitcher, freshman Courtney Petty, kept ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: South Pittsburg Vs Columbia Academy In Owls Invitational

South Pittsburg met Columbia Academy Thursday at Central High’s field on the first day of the 2017 Ooltewah Invitational baseball tournament. Thirteen teams are participating in the weekend tournament at four different locations (click for more)

1 Killed, 1 Injured In Brainerd Shooting

One person was killed and a second person injured in a shooting in Brainerd on Thursday night. The call was to 3301 Pinewood Ave. at 7:05 p.m. It was reported that a silver vehicle was seen leaving the scene. One of the persons shot, 23-year-old Antonio Baldwin, died during surgery. The injury to William Daniel, 21, is not life-threatening. Police said both of the ... (click for more)

Judge Bales To Ask Governor Haslam For Disability Leave

General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck said he received a call from Judge David Bales Tuesday evening, saying he was in the process of preparing a letter to Governor Bill Haslam requesting he be placed on disability leave until he has received clearance from his doctor to return to the bench.   Judge Bales said that his doctors are preparing their recommendations ... (click for more)

Repeal Obamacare, Congressman Fleischmann - And Response (2)

Chuck: I'm writing to express my strong opposition to the plan that is being rolled out by Paul Ryan to replace Obamacare. And as I'm writing this, I'm remembering all the times you and all of your Republican colleagues over the last six years campaigned on REPEALING  Obamacare and used that call to action as the basis for your reelection. And I'm also remembering the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Scottsboro Boys

There is a good-sized train tunnel that runs under the northern tip of Lookout Mountain, right next to Cummings Highway. It was inside that tunnel on this very weekend 86 years ago, that the worst tragedy in the fabled history of the South was born. This was during the tight grip of the Depression and about two dozen hobos had jumped the train from the time it left Southern Railway's ... (click for more)