NASHVILLE — Same site, similar last-second scenario, different result.
McCallie avoided a second straight year of heartbreak at the buzzer when Briarcrest Christian’s DeMarc Richardson’s 3-pointer hit the side of the backboard, giving the Blue Tornado a 51-49 victory in the Division II-AA basketball semifinals at Lipscomb University.
Cordell James’ three free throws with 4.5 seconds remaining put McCallie ahead. James was fouled on a 3-point attempt and calmly made all three attempts.
The Blue Tornado had trailed by 11 in the second half and were down nine to start the fourth quarter. They will play for the championship Saturday at 6 p.m. EST against the winner between top-ranked Ensworth and defending champ Montgomery Bell Academy.
Stephen has covered local sports in the tri-state area for more than 23 years, having been with the Times Free Press since its inception, and has been an assistant sports editor since 2005. Stephen is among the most decorated writers in the TFP’s newsroom, winning numerous state, regional and national writing awards, including nine in the last two years. He was named one of the top 10 sports writers in the nation at the Associated ...