Division I Middle TN State Championship Summary

Hearts have been broken, alls have been given and gold balls have been handed out.

The 2017 basketball season has officially come and gone.

Here’s what went down at the Division I BlueCross Basketball Championships in Murfreesboro last week. 

Blue Cross Basketball Championships

Of the three possible gold balls, the Midstate only came away with one, but it was a big one.

The Maplewood Panthers defeated Knoxville Catholic 60-57 in the Class AA state championship match to claim their first ever state title in just their first try and bring Nashville Metro boys basketball its first championship since Martin Luther King capture the 1996 Class AA title.

Class AA Mr. Basketball winner and ETSU commit Bo Hodges led the way for the Panthers with 18 points and seven rebounds on his way to tournament MVP honors.

The Panthers led for almost the entire game but needed everything in the tank to end Catholic’s 28-game winning streak.

It looked for a minute that Maplewood would be the second Metro team to fall victim to the luck of the Irish in a two-day span.

Whites Creek came back to tie the Fighting Irish late in their semifinal matchup, only to watch the Irish advance to the championship match on a half-court buzzer beater.

What a way for Bo Hodges and the senior class to cap off their final season in a Maplewood uniform.

The rest

Class A:Clay County looks to be getting better every year and keeps sniffing at a state title.

The Bulldogs came painfully close to capturing a title this year, losing a 74-73 heartbreak to Harriman in the final.

Harriman also ended Columbia Academy’s season in the semis to advance to play Clay County.

Class AAA: Brentwood and Independence both made the state tournament marking the first time that two schools from Williamson County have both advanced to the tournament, but both came up short of a title.

Brentwood fell to Oak Ridge in the opening round and Independence handled Bearden only to fall to Southwind in the semifinals.

Editor’s note

That’s it for the Midstate PrepWeekly basketball coverage for this year.

A sincere thanks to all who have read and shared this year. I really appreciate your support. I look forward to writing for you all again come football season. 

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