Unguardable guards

Unguardable guards

Based on Wednesday's Rocky Top Summer League action, there's reason for guarded optimism regarding Tennessee basketball. Vol guards were just about unguardable.

Consider:

Former UT point guard Bobby Maze hit 15 of 26 shots (5 of 9 from 3) and scored 37 points in leading First Tennessee Bank to a 147-124 defeat of DeRoyal Industries.

Current Vol shooting guard Skylar McBee drained 8 of 11 (5 of 8 from 3) and added 24 points for First Tennessee.

Tennessee signee Jordan McRae sank 19 of 32 shots (2 of 7 from 3) en route to 42 points for DeRoyal.

Current Vol point guard Melvin Goins hit 12 of 19 shots (2 of 5 from 3) and added 29 in the losing cause.

Current UT shooting guard Scotty Hopson made 10 of 25 shots (2 of 12 from 3) en route to 31 points in The News-Sentinel's 121-112 defeat of Ray's ESG.

Former Vol Chris Lofton nailed 10 of 16 shots (5 of 8 from 3) and scored 33 points for Ray's.

UT signee Trae Golden bagged 12 of 20 shots (3 of 7 from 3) and chipped in 31.

Current Vol Cameron Tatum pumped in 20 of 35 field-goal tries (9 of 21 from 3) en route to 52 points in Choice Spine's 138-137 loss to Richardson Construction.

Here's a game-by-game recap:

RICHARDSON 138, CHOICE SPINE 137

Tennessee junior Renaldo Woolridge pumped in 45 points and ex-Vol C.J. Watson hit the tying and winning free throws with 0.7 seconds left to lift Richardson to a thrilling victory. Tatum was unconscious in defeat.

FIRST TENNESSEE 147, DeROYAL 124

Maze scored 37 but LMU's D'Mario Curry (34) wasn't far behind. Current Vols Kenny Hall (12 of 19 field goals, 4 of 4 free throws, 28 points) and Skylar McBee (8 of 11 field goals, 5 of 8 from 3, 3 of 4 free throws, 24 points) also contributed to the victory.

Although McRae (42) and Goins (29) were spectacular in defeat, 6-10 Brian Williams (9 of 15 field goals, 6 of 12 free throws, 24 points) threw his weight around under the boards. Williams seemed to tire, however, after hitting 7 of 8 shots en route to 17 first-half points.

NEWS-SENTINEL 121, RAY'S ESG 112

J.P. Primm of UNC-Asheville (39) and UT's Scotty Hopson (31) combined for 70 points in pacing the News-Sentinel to victory. Ex-Vol Dane Bradshaw chipped in 12 points for the winners, who take a 5-1 record into tonight's RTSL championship game against DeRoyal Industries (4-2).

Lofton (33) and Golden (31) starred in defeat, with Vol senior Steven Pearl (9 of 13 from the field, 1 of 2 from the line, 19 points) also giving a good account of himself.

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