Using some help from expected and unexpected sources, Overton nailed down its second consecutive Overton Christmas tournament boys basketball championship.
The Bobcats (13-2) broke open a close game in the third quarter and went on to a 75-64 win over Lipscomb, defeating the Mustangs in the final for the second straight year.
The expected source was point guard Mookie Betts who led Overton with 21 points and nine assists and a standout, steady floor game.
The unexpected source was junior forward Shane Jenkins who came through with back-to-back three-pointers and three in all. With Overton leading just 37-35, Jenkins rattled in a pair of treys, then Betts followed with another one and suddenly Overton’s lead had ballooned to 46-35.
“I was just feeling it at the time,’’ said the 6-1 Jenkins who hit 3-of-4 threes, finishing with nine points. “I stepped up and made some shots for my team. We won because we tightened up our defense.’’
Betts played probably his best game of the tournament and was key to the win over Lipscomb, just as he was in last year’s final. And he was glad to see his friend Jenkins lead the third-quarter charge.
“Shane has been in a slump lately, and I had a little talk with him,’’ said the 5-9 Betts, one of Nashville’s top guards. “It was good to see him break out, and I knew he would.
“It was great to win it last year, and really special this year. Next year, we hope to make it three in a row,’’ Betts added.
Overton had to withstand a spectacular 31-point game from Lipscomb’s Blake Bell, who fired in had 15 points in the first quarter, almost personally giving the Mustangs a 21-17 lead. Bell hit 4-of-8 threes.
The duo of Justin Perry with 18 and Dezmond Johnson with 14 gave the Bobcats 32 points on the inside. Johnson’s layup on Betts’ assist pushed the Bobcats up 50-35, and they held off repeated Lipscomb rallies the rest of the game. The closest Lipscomb got in the final quarter was seven at 60-53.
Shannon Brady hit a big three-pointer in the final minute, and Father Ryan held off Glencliff 43-39 to win the girls championship in the Overton tournament.
Brady’s shot gave the Irish the lead for good, and Sarah Rolick added a key free throw to push the margin to four to tame the Colts.
Alex Manes led Ryan with 14 points, Brady added 11 and Rolick nine. Brianna Morrow led all scorers for Glencliff with 19, and Kia Jones added nine for the Colts.
Father Ryan knocked off neighborhood Hillsboro 49-40 Wednesday to finish in third place in the Ryan Invitational. Murfreesboro Oakland beat Centennial 63-51 to win the championship in the all-boys tourney.
Christ Presbyterian Academy lost to Clarksville Northeast in the finals of the Hickman County Invitational in Centerville Wednesday. Matt Zelenik led the Lions (13-2) with 16 points, and Jalen Lindsey added 12.