Winning a region championship carried considerably more meaning for Drew Maddux than just one more gold trophy to admire.
Certainly, the Christ Presbyterian Academy coach was in a festive mood after his Lions rolled to an 82-60 victory over David Lipscomb in the boys Region 5-AA championship game Thursday night. But it was more where than how it was won that carried so much significance for Maddux.
The championship came in the same Stratford High gymnasium his father, Ray Maddux, played in as a three-year letterman for the Spartans and during a senior season in which he led them to the state finals game in 1969 at Vanderbilt.
"This means so much to me, winning it here,'' Maddux said. "Dad played his varsity career right here on this floor, playing for a Nashville legend, Charlie Anderson [currently the coach at Nashville Christian School].
“Coach Anderson is someone I still look up to and have spent a lot of time with, just talking basketball. I grew up just two blocks from here on Skyview Drive.”
As usual, the elder Maddux was in the stands Thursday, watching his son's team play. Both of them were standout players at Vanderbilt.
Drew Maddux played high school basketball at Goodpasture, where he scored more than 3,000 points.
"This was really a special night, this coming at the same place I played,'' Ray Maddux said as he took a glance around what was his home court 43 years ago. "I'm happy for Drew, because he really has an outstanding team. My senior year, we were 31-2 and lost to Riverside in the finals.”
CPA (33-2), which is one sectional win away from a state tournament trip for itself, jumped to a 16-4 lead early and led 47-27 at the half.
Shooting guard Craig Bradshaw poured in a game-high 26 points, Vic Wharton added 15, and tournament MVP Jalen Lindsey collected14 points, eight rebounds and two slam dunks, one on pretty ally oop pass.
"I have to give all the credit to my teammates who found me at the right spots and picked me up when I wasn't playing so well,'' Lindsey said. "Our goal is state, and we have the right chemistry on our team to be successful and take us to the championship.''
Tanner Johnson, one of the heroes in David Lipscomb's stunning upset of East Lit in the semifinals Tuesday, poured in 24 points to lead Lipscomb (17-11).
CPA will host Giles County, and David Lipscomb will travel to Spring Hill for the Class AA Sectionals Monday.
Drew Maddux remains Vanderbilt's No. 8 career leading scorer and recently was named a recipient of the Legends Award. He will be honored during Vanderbilt's first game in the SEC tournament next week in New Orleans.
• Region 6-AAA: Brentwood High knocked off Hunters Lane 54-51 in the finals of the Region 6-AAA tournament at Hillwood. In AAA sectionals Monday,
Brentwood will host Wilson Central and Hunters Lane will travel to Clarksville.
• DII tournaments: University School of Nashville and Donelson Christian Academy guaranteed there will be an all-Nashville DII-A boys championship game Saturday when both won semifinal contests at Lipscomb's Allen Arena.
Senior Ross Welch led a balanced USN attack with 19 points as the Tigers rallied for a 66-48 romp over Harding after trailing by eight at the half.
DCA held off Knoxville Webb 39-37.
"We weren't playing with any intensity in the first half, and we were very lucky we weren't any further behind,'' USN coach Adam Sonn said. "We were much better with rebounding and defense in the second half.''
Franklin Road Academy's girls erupted for 17 points in the fourth quarter and sailed past Fayette Academy 39-27 in the day's opener as Miss Basketball finalist Derica Wyatt scored 21.
The Panthers shoot for their second straight title Saturday when they play Knoxville Webb in the final. Webb blitzed Ezell-Harding 50-29.
"We didn't shoot the ball very well, but we made them when it really counted,'' FRA coach Chris Hart said. "We defended very well. I just felt that eventually our shots would start going in and they did.''