NASHVILLE – East Nashville defeated Sycamore 65-40 in the region semifinals bringing Sycamore’s season to an end. The War Eagles had a pretty good run with a district championship and regional quarterfinal win against Maplewood though.
At the end of the first quarter East Nashville led by only a point at 15-14 but in the second quarter they took a big lead over Sycamore taking a 34-22 lead to the half. The third and fourth quarters were much more of the same for East Nashville as they held off the War Eagles for the 65-40 final.
Daniel Saylor led Sycamore with 16 points and Bailey Chapman added eight points of his own. Other than those two players, though, no one on Sycamore’s roster scored more than four points. Saylor, who is both literally and figuratively a big part of Sycamore’s game plan, did have a good night on the stat sheet but a slow shooting night came at the wrong time for the rest of the War Eagle offense as East Nashville was able to zero-in on Saylor as the team’s main scoring threat and at least try to slow him down.
Sycamore also turned the ball over 25 times to only 16 times for East Nashville. Obviously, to defeat a strong team like East Nashville, turning the ball over will put you at an even bigger disadvantage. Another interesting stat was the fact that East Nashville made 12 of 19 free throws and Sycamore only attempted six free throws and made only two.
With this loss, Sycamore’s season has now come to an end. Senior starters like Daniel Saylor, Caleb Carter, Bailey Chapman and Derek Underwood are now done with their basketball careers at Sycamore along with other seniors like Josh Edwards and Mason Green. With the War Eagles losing four starters from the lineup next season will look much different.
In his first season as head coach Steve Dodd has accomplished quite a bit as the leader of the program. He himself won his 600th career game and led a strong senior group deep into regional play. Of course, the district championship is a pretty big achievement in its own right as well with such a deep amount of strong teams.
East Nashville (65): Willie Wilson 16, Jaylen Jones 14, Josh Cole 13, Rashaun Richardson 13, Isaiah Jones 5, Trey Shaw 2, Korion Turrentine 2
Sycamore (40): Daniel Saylor 16, Bailey Chapman 8, Caleb Carter 4, Grady McPherson 4, Seth Smith 4, Derek Underwood 4