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Region Tournament Recap: Five UC Boys Teams Advance

Clay County, Van Buren County, Jackson County, York Institute and Stone Memorial all punched their tickets to play in their respective boys’ Region Tournament Championship games, after wins in the semifinal round on Tuesday night.

The Clay County Bulldogs (21-6) will play in their eighth consecutive Region Championship game, after rolling past Gordonsville, 76-45, on Tuesday. Grant Strong led all scorers with 37 points. Up next for the Bulldogs will be East Robertson (23-5), who ended the Pickett County Bobcats’ season, 61-45. The Bobcats finish the season 22-8. Clay County and East Robertson will meet in the Region 4-1A Championship game, Thursday night at 7:00 p..m., at East Robertson High School.

The Van Buren County Eagles will play for the Region 3-1A Championship Thursday night, after a 63-45 victory over Copper Basin. The Eagles (19-11) will take on Chattanooga Prep (10-3), who eliminated Van Buren’s region rival, South Pittsburg, 60-51, on Tuesday. Van Buren County and Chattanooga Prep will square off Thursday night at 7:00 p.m., at Sequatchie County High School.

Jackson County and York Institute will play for the fourth time this season in the Region 3-2A Championship game, after each claimed semifinal wins on Tuesday. The Blue Devils (23-6) held off a tough Smith County Owls team, 58-53, while the Dragons (24-7) ended Cannon County’s season, 74-55. Jackson County and York will face off in the Region title game, Thursday night, at 7:00 p.m., at Watertown High School.

The Stone Memorial Panthers advanced, while the White County Warriors were eliminated in the Region 4-3A Tournament semifinals, Tuesday night. The Panthers (20-10) took down Lincoln County, 65-56, while the Warriors (21-9) fell to Page, 45-34. Stone Memorial and Page will meet in the Region Championship game, Thursday night at 7:00 p.m., at Tullahoma High School.

The season also came to a close for the Cookeville Cavaliers on Tuesday, with a 60-46 loss to the top-ranked Class 4A team in the State, the 33-0 Beech Buccaneers. The Cavaliers wrap up their season with a 17-15 overall record.

All Region Tournament championship games will be played Thursday night, with each participating team also earning a berth to the Sectional round on Monday night, March 7. The boys’ TSSAA State Tournament will be played March 17-19 at the Murphy Center at MTSU.

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