MBB: War Eagles Struggle to Handle Quad and Devils Defense

By Kris Freeman for White House High School

PLEASANT VIEW – Senior Quad Lucas dominated the post Friday night at Sycamore, leading White House to a 43-36 victory – but the offensive outburst by the big man wasn’t the only key to a comeback win.

Watching the War Eagles pass the ball around the perimeter for the majority of a slow-down pace game, White House turned up the pressure in the fourth and got hands into the passing lanes and on the defensive glass. As a result, Sycamore suffered a six-minute field goal drought with nine straight misses.

White House took advantage, with two 10-foot floaters by Zane Brown to take the lead in the third quarter, and then following a forced turnover, Brown splashed a three to give him 10 points for the game and the Devils a 33-29 lead.

Sycamore fought back, with Trey McCain throwing up a prayer from behind the backboard for a bucket, but McCain was called for a taunting technical foul for verbal sparring after the play, leading Ethan Droz to the other end to knock down two free throws. White House extended the lead to 35-32, and never looked back.

Quad Lucas had 22, Brown 10, Droz 9, and Amarion Lucas and Caleb Dorris one.

For Sycamore, who led 22-20 at the half, John Hale had 10, Gavin Mitchell eight, Trey McCain seven, Seth Smith six, and Grady McPherson five.

Lucas scored 11 points in each half, and put the nail in the coffin with a three-point play to make it 40-32. John Hale drained a long three and Grady McPherson hit one of two free throws to make it 40-36 with under a minute to play.

White House sent Amarion Lucas to the line who missed his first 1-and-1, and then Sycamore threw it away under their basket with Quad Lucas and Ryan Worrell giving it back to White House. Amarion was fouled hard on the White House bench and sank the first free throw for a 41-36 edge. When Amarion missed the second, his brother tipped a rebound twice into the air and then grabbed it and banked it home for the 43-36 final.

Sycamore, who opened the game by passing the basketball around the perimeter just taking two shots in the first two and a half minutes, eventually wore tired in the fourth. White House took advantage with senior Nathan Bowman and freshman Ryan Worrell, along with senior Wesley Deakins, applying defensive hands into the passing lanes. Sycamore had six passes knocked out of bounds in the fourth quarter including four deflections by Bowman. None of those three White House players scored but made a key contribution on defense.

White House improved to 9-10 (6-3 in District 9-AA) and Sycamore fell to 1-6 (1-4). The two teams are scheduled to play again at White House Monday, but the Sycamore girls did not play Friday and will not play on Monday, and will be replaced by Cheatham County before the boys game.

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