CLARKSVILLE — Round 4 in the Station Camp-Mt. Juliet rivalry went the same was as the first three.
District 9-AAA champion Station Camp added the Region 5-AAA Tournament title to its resume with a 69-48 victory Thursday at Clarksville High School.
Station Camp (34-1) used a 15-3 run over a span of three minutes in the fourth quarter to turn a nine-point lead (50-41) into a 65-44 edge.
Four Station Camp players — junior Kody Eden (16 points), junior Chase Freeman (16), senior Keaton Dotson (14) and senior Yalen Reed (14) — finished in double figures.
“We’ve got a special group of kids,” Station Camp coach Seth Massey said. “They’re doing it all. We can preach it all day long, but unless they take it and run with it, it’s just coachspeak.”
Junior J.R. Sanders led Mt. Juliet (24-9) with 12 points, while junior Trey Pruitt added 11 and senior Tyler Faulkenberry 10.
Station Camp won all three previous meetings this season – 59-53 on Jan. 15, 61-55 on Feb. 9 and 60-37 in the District 9-AAA Tournament championship game at Portland on Feb. 23.
“We’ve had the motivation and the defense,” Reed said. “We want to get as many stops as we can get and lock the other team up, so they feel like they can’t score anymore. We’ve got to keep on pounding it, pounding it inside until they feel like they just want to give up.”
Station Camp won region championships in 2006-07 as a Class AA team and last year for the first time in Class AAA, a 52-43 victory over Mt. Juliet.
Station Camp hosts Independence on Monday evening in one of eight Class AAA sectional contests, in search of its first trip to the state tournament in school history.
Boys Sectional Pairings: All games are Monday, 7 p.m. local time
Meigs Co. at Hampton; Cosby at Grace-Knoxville; Marion Co. at Clay Co.; Jackson Co. at Van Buren Co.; Columbia Acad. at MTCS; Nashville Christian at Loretto; B.T. Washington at Halls; Union City at Mitchell
CAK at Elizabethton; Greeneville at Fulton; Chatt. Central at Upperman; York at Brainerd; Whites Creek at CPA; Marshall Co. at Maplewood; Fayette Ware at Craigmont; Ripley at Westview
Karns at Science Hill; David Crockett at Oak Ridge; Bradley Central at Blackman; Lawrence Co. at Walker Valley; Mt. Juliet at Hillsboro; Independence at Station Camp; Southwind at Cordova; Bolton at Memphis East