Red Bank was the favorite and Soddy-Daisy the Cinderella story, but Ooltewah claimed the District 6-AAA boys’ basketball tournament title.
Behind Jerome Montgomery’s 24 points and Sammy Seamster’s 14 rebounds, the second-seeded Owls defeated fourth-seeded Soddy-Daisy 71-61 Friday night at Red Bank. Ooltewah clinched a 20-win season in wearing down the Trojans, who were hoping to build on Tuesday night’s upset of top-seeded Red Bank.
“We just wanted to come out here and prove everybody wrong,” Montgomery said. “We’ve got a good team that has great chemistry.”
That chemistry includes falling behind early, which Owls coach Jesse Nayadley could live without.
Soddy-Daisy took a 24-15 lead with 5:16 left in the half on a Craig Smith layup. Nayadley called time out, and the Owls responded with a 9-0 run capped by a Montgomery 3-pointer.
“We knew they would come out with a lot of emotion,” Nayadley said. “It’s not the best thing in the world, but we are a second-half team and have been all year. We came to play in the second half and went into a zone, and I think that hurt them.”
The Owls broke free from a 49-49 deadlock early in the fourth quarter with a 9-2 run behind inside baskets by Brian Williams and were never threatened again.
n Red Bank 100, Central 58: Nick Ross made eight 3-pointers and scored 40 points to lead the Lions to an easy win in the consolation game. Patrick Moore led the Purple Pounders with nine 3-pointers and 31 points.
David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...