MURFREESBORO — Being a state tournament newcomer didn’t seem to bother Station Camp’s boys on Wednesday afternoon.
The Bison shot 51 percent from the floor, including 7-of-14 from 3-point range, to give the school a win in its first TSSAA State Basketball Tournament game, knocking off David Crockett 78-68 in the Class AAA quarterfinals at MTSU’s Murphy Center.
The win puts the Bison (35-1) in the semifinals at 10 a.m. Friday against Cordova, a 79-58 winner over Walker Valley.
Station Camp led 49-34 after three quarters before the Pioneers (30-5) scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter to pull within eight (51-43). The Bison then staved off a David Crockett 34-point effort in the final period
“We were in a position — because of how much time was left in the game — that we told them during a timeout that the score was tied,” Bison coach Seth Massey said. “We had to play like it was tied. And I think that helped us step back and attack a little bit.”
Four Station Camp players scored in double figures, led by junior guard Chase Freeman’s 18 points. Freeman hit 10 of 16 free throws as the Bison connected on 27 of 39 foul shots in the contest.
Senior Yalen Reed scored 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Station Camp.
Having the experience is “going to build us up and we’ll know what to expect,” Reed said. “We’ll have seen it, so we’re just going to come out and compete.”
Three Pioneers finished in double figures, led by senior Dustin Day’s 23 points. Classmate Patrick Good added 22 for David Crockett. The Pioneers attempted 35 3-point shots, hitting nine.
David Crockett attempted 27 more shots than Station Camp but hit just two more field goals.