Thursday's three-game slate at Knoxville's Bearden High Gym produced two squeakers and just one double-digit victory. Here's a recap:
DeROYAL 111, RAY'S ESG 108
Tennessee's 6-10, 270-pound Brian Williams scored on a driving three-point play with 45 seconds left, turning a 104-106 deficit into a 107-106 lead that DeRoyal never relinquished.
Vol signee Jordan McRae made one of two free throws with 8.2 seconds left to pad the lead to 110-106 and UT point guard Melvin Goins made one of two with 5.1 seconds left to secure the final margin.
Williams finished with 26 points on 11-of-20 field-goal shooting and 3-of-4 foul shooting. Darryl Garrett added 23 points. McRae hit 7 of 17 field-goal tries but just 3 of 7 foul shots en route to 17 points. Goins was 6 of 12 from the field but a mere 3 of 8 from the line, finishing with 15 points.
Tennessee senior Steven Pearl muscled in 11 of 16 shots from the floor and 4 of 7 from the free-throw line en route to a team-high 26 points for Ray's. Vol signee Trae Golden was 6 of 12 from the floor and 4 of 4 from the line en route to 19. Tennessee senior Josh Bone chipped in 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the field.
CHOICE SPINE 119, NEWS-SENTINEL 104
Tyler Smith, making his first public appearance in Knoxville since being dismissed from the Vol basketball team last January, hit 11 of 19 shots and scored 26 points for Choice Spine. Chattanooga's Ricky Taylor led the winners with 27. Vol junior Cameron Tatum drained 9 of 20 shots and chipped in 23 points.
Tennessee's Scotty Hopson hit 15 of 28 shots en route to 37 points in pacing the losing cause. Ex-Vol Dane Bradshaw added 18.
FIRST TENNESSEE 102, RICHARDSON 98
Balanced scoring enabled First Tennessee to overcome a 31-point outburst by former Vol C.J. Watson, now with the NBA's Golden State Warriors.