Temple handles Unaka


Photo by Kristen Luther
Unaka’s Rusty Holtsclaw gets a clean inside shot at the bucket.
  
  
  It was a repeat of the 2004 TSSAA state tournament semifinals, but this time the results were different.
  Behind 32 points from sophomore guard Seth Skogan, Temple raced past Unaka 70-49 Friday night at Snavely Gymnasium.
  "We started out well early but missed too many easy shots that could have put us up," said Unaka coach Donald Ensor. "They really took it to us."
  Temple jumped out to an 8-2 lead thanks to five points from Skogan and a bucket by Mercer signee Caleb Skogan. Unaka managed to tie the score when Derek Cline and Rusty Holtsclaw worked their way for buckets but a three-ball from the corner by Dee Newsome helped the Crusaders lead 13-9 after one.
  Unaka continued to play well in the second as Holtsclaw scored off a jump hook while Chase Reeves nailed a jumper tying the score at 13-13. Daniel McInturff gave the Rangers their first lead by draining a trey from the corner.
  Unaka's last lead was at the 6:00 mark when Tyler McCann weaved his way through the Temple defense for a deuce. Temple then went on a 10-0 run behind four points from Sean Wadley and six more by Seth Skogan.
  Cline and Holtsclaw tried to rally Unaka with back to back hoops, but six points off layups gave Temple a 34-23 halftime advantage.
  Unaka came out playing inspired in the third as Reeves, Cline and McCann led a surge that helped Unaka pull within 37-34 at the five-minute mark. But a three by Zach Mouw along with 11 points in the quarter by Seth Skogan kept the lead at 12 after three.
  The fourth quarter looked like a track meet as numerous times Temple used its quickness and the full-court outlet pass to score uncontested layups. Like a fine-tuned race car, the Crusaders ran smooth and the result was a 21-point win.
  Cline topped Unaka with 14 while Holtsclaw added 11. Zach Mouw added 11 for Temple while Caleb Skogan tallied 10 after sitting out nearly two quarters in foul trouble.
  "Donald (Ensor) does such a good job with those kids," stated Temple head coach Dan Wadley. "They cut the lead to three in the third but our senior leadership took over."
  "Our team is much like theirs a year ago," added Wadley. "They had the three seniors and Rusty (Chambers) was their leader."
  "I've got a good group of seniors. Sean (Wadley) and Caleb (Skogan) have taken on those leadership roles. It's vital in having a good basketball team."
  Said Ensor: "We saw tonight where the bar has been raised, so it's up to us if we want to be at that level. Temple is a great team and what more can you say about Coach Wadley. He's one of the best coaches anywhere."
  "We've got to play 32 minutes instead of in spurts. Those are things that's got to get corrected in we want to become a good basketball team."
  Chattanooga McCallie 56
  Twin Springs 37
  While Twin Springs might be considered one of the favorites in the Arby's Classic, it found the Eddie Butler/Steve Tipton Climate Controllers Classic just as big of an event. Chattanooga McCallie used a swarming defense to knock off the Red Army.
  McCallie held the high powered Twin Springs offense in check for the entire game as Appy State signee Tyler Webb managed only 13 points while Volunteer transfer star Chucky Lindholm could muster only nine against their stingy defense.
  Tyler Adams and J.P. Harrison led McCallie with 11 points while Jordan Hobbs tossed down nine.