The Dickson Middle School Dragon boys defeated tournament host Stewarts Creek 48-36 Tuesday to advance to the second round of the TMSAA Class AAA Sectional Tournament in a game that had more than its fair share of drama. Dickson got out to an 11-8 lead over the Falcons, but they battled back and reclaimed the lead in the second quarter. It took a late 3 from Ross Cummings to give DMS a 19-17 lead going into the locker room.
In the third quarter, it was all Dragons. A 15-4 run put Dickson solidly in front, with 6 points from Cummings and 4 each from Ben Powlas and Hunter Wolcott. With Dickson ready to close out the blowout win, the fourth quarter started out big for Stewarts Creek. In fact, not counting the free throws Dickson got to salt away the game’s final minutes, the Falcons bumrushed the Dragons 15-2 in the final quarter. However, the fouling began with under two minutes to play, and became deliberate with under a minute, and the Dragons calmly nailed their foul shots in an attempt to quell the Falcon surge.
Inside the final minute, things got bizarre. A Stewarts Creek player attempted to run out a wide open layup, but took an extra step and was called for travelling. He turned and pleaded his case to the official, holding up two fingers to seemingly indicate he could take two steps when shooting a layup. When his head coach argued as well, the official gave the coach a quick technical. The coach stepped out on the floor, surprised and confused, and immediately got a second technical and his first ejection at SCMS. The entire debaucle cost the Falcons an 8 point swing–2 for the layup that was wiped away, 4 points from the made technical foul shots, and 2 more for the made free throws off the ensuing DMS possession and foul. Dickson ultimately got the win, a gritty 48-36 decision that left most in attendence simply confused at what they just saw.
The MVP was Dickson’s Gabe Cummings, who finished with 18 points, including a perfect 10-for-10 at the charity stripe in the fourth quarter. Every point was crucial, because even with all the free throws, Stewarts Creek won the fourth quarter 15-14. Ross Cummings added 14 points for the Dragons, while Hunter Wolcott added 8.
Dickson Middle School boys’ basketball coach Jeremiah Satterfield will be on the RFC Sports Hour Wednesday night at 6:30, then both DMS squads continue play on Thursday. The DMS Lady Dragons open semifinal play at 4:15 against Murfreesboro-Christiana. The Cougars, a Riverdale feeder school, defeated Mt. Juliet to advance, while DMS needed a buzzer beater to edge out Rock Springs. The other girls’ semifinal game will follow, then the Dickson boys face either Murfreesboro-Blackman or Kenwood around 6:45. All “state tournament” games will be played at Stewarts Creek Middle in Smyrna.