CPA completes sweep of state basketball titles

Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 5:01pm
Staff reports

Craig Bradshaw scored a game-high 23 points as Christ Presbyterian Academy completed a state championship sweep with a 78-64 victory over Memphis Mitchell in the TSSAA Class AA state championship game Saturday at Murfreesboro.

The Lions’ average margin of victory in their three state tournament victories was 17.3 points. They defeated No. 3 Spring Hill by 20 on Wednesday and topped Stone Memorial by 18 on Friday.

CPA also won the girls Class AA title a week earlier and became the fourth Tennessee school ever to win boys and girls basketball titles in the same year.

CPA, ranked No. 1 in the state, took control of the championship game early. A 15-3 run capped by capped by a Brandon Cook tip-in gave them a 12-point lead (20-8) with 2:36 left in the first quarter. Their lead was no smaller than eight the rest of the way and no smaller than 10 throughout the second half.

Bradshaw scored 19 points in the first half and made 11 of 13 free throws for the game. The Belmont signee was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

Jake Allsmiller made five 3-pointers (on 12 attempts) and finished with 19 points, and Jalen Lindsey added 15 points.

CPA (37-2) shot 53.1 percent from the field, including 66.7 percent (14-for-21) in the second half.

Mitchell (23-10) got a team-high 17 points from Mario McNeil. Jalen Blackwell chipped in 10.