Valiant Effort by the Coffee Co. Boys’ Basketball

The Coffee County Red Raider boys’ basketball competed Wednesday in the BlueCross state basketball tournament as they took on Dobyns Bennett.

Raider players meeting with coaches during a time-out during Wednesday game.. Photos by Mike Ray

Head Coach Andrew Taylor had his team playing great defense in the first half helping Coffee County lead by as much as 8 points, 25-17 with 2:17 left in the 2nd quarter. The Raiders held off a late charge to lead 25-22 at the halftime break.

In the third the with 3:35 remaining the Indians tied the game at 34. They grabbed the lead with 3:04, 36-34 and never trailed again.

Dobyns Bennett road the hot shooting of Brady Stump who finished with 27 to pick up the 66-52 win.

Coffee County wrapped up their incredible season with a 24-10 record. This was the first state tournament appearance since 1965 when the Raiders finished in top 4 falling in the semi-finals.

Adian Abellana led Coffee County in scoring on Wednesday afternoon at MTSU with 11 followed by Dayne Crosslin and Brady Nugent with 10 each. Phinehas Rollman had 8 for the Raiders, Connor Shemwell 7 and Cooper Reed 4 and Jackson Shemwell added 2.

Top photo: Sr. Connor Shemwell fires a shot in TSSAA State Tournament

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. News and Sports Director for Rooster 101.5 FM, 93.9 The Duck and Whiskey Country 105.1, and 95.9. He is currently the play-by-play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders (31 years) on The Rooster 101.5 and can be heard M-F broadcasting our local news. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,993 (and counting) sports events on Radio & TV. He also served four years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for six years at Grundy County High School.

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