Back-to-back 5A, Area 13 champs

The Crossville Lions knocked off Douglas to win their second consecutive boys Class 5A, Area 13 tournament championship, the program’s first back-to-back area tourney crowns since 2007-08. Team members are, front row, from left, Landin Cox, manager Sage Peek, Raul Franco, Brady Bouldin and Brian Nicolas; back row, from left, assistant coach Sam Tidmore, Tyler Cox, Colton Davis, Blake Bouldin, Quentin Chapman, Hunter Haston and head coach Jake Peek.

For the second year in a row, the Crossville varsity boys basketball team won the two most important games of the season in Class 5A, Area 13.

No. 4 seed Crossville defended its Area 13 tournament championship by defeating Douglas 60-54 on Friday night at Pirate Gymnasium in Boaz. The Lions (12-12) host Area 15 runner-up Arab in the subregional playoffs Tuesday night at 7.

Douglas travels to Area 15 champion Guntersville in the subregional round. Tuesday’s tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Out of 208 area tournaments across the state (boys and girls), only two championships were won by the lowest seed in the area standings — the Lions and Class 4A West Morgan’s boys. Crossville finished 0-6 in regular-season Area 13 action.

Friday night, the Lions took a 14-12 lead at the first-quarter break. They extended their margin to 30-19 late in the second period, but the Eagles ended the half on a 6-0 run, trimming it to 30-25 at intermission.

The Eagles gained a couple of one-point leads in the third quarter on 3-pointers by Daniel DeArmas, but the Lions answered with 3s by Tyler Cox. CHS pushed its advantage to 48-38 late in the third and led 49-40 at the final rest stop.

Crossville put three players in double figures, topped by Blake Bouldin with 19 points. Colton Davis pumped in 18 and Tyler Cox 12.

Quentin Chapman netted six, Landin Cox three and Hunter Haston two.

The Eagles’ DeArmas lit up the scoreboard for a game-best 26 points, including six treys.

Jansen Rogers tossed in 10, Dylan Sanders seven, Eli Teal five, Raygan Edmondson four and Brady Ragon two for Douglas.

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