It was another one of those nights for Tennessee rising senior Cameron Tatum in the Pilot Rocky Top League.
Tatum's team was short-handed, and at 6-foot-6, he was the tallest player on the Richardson Construction team in their 118-113 loss to DeRoyal Industries at Bearden High School on Wednesday night.
The "old" Tatum might have called it a night when it was obvious victory couldn't be had by Richardson Construction (1-4).
But the new-and-improved version played like new UT coach Cuonzo Martin had instructed.
"Coach Martin stresses there will be adversity at times, and it's my job to keep the guys going and in line,'' said Tatum, who scored a game-high 31 points on 13-of-27 shooting. "And the way Coach Martin has us playing, he said you have to be ready to guard any position on the floor at any time.
"Being the tallest guy on my team tonight gave me an opportunity to work on my rebounding, which I need to do anyway.''
DeRoyal Industries (2-2) was led by former Carter High School standout and East Tennessee State signee Lester Wilson, who scored 20, while UT center Kenny Hall struggled through a tough night with 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting.
Tatum had plenty of shooters around him in the loss, as former Lee University All-American and current Chattanooga Notre Dame High School coach Brad Harris had 22 points, shooting 6-of-6 from beyond the 3-point line in the second half. Dane Bradshaw added 20.
Choice Spine 105, News Sentinel 99: Trae Golden scored 32 points and had 11 assists as Choice Spine (4-0) clinched a spot in next Wednesday's championship game.
Jeronne Maymon had 22 points in a physical matchup with former Vol Wayne Chism, and Maymon also went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. Former Carson-Newman standout and Australian pro Andy Tipton chipped in with 15 points, and former Bearden star Rico White had 12.
Jordan McRae led the News Sentinel (2-2) with 48 points on 19-of-35 shooting and was also 7-of-7 shooting from the free-throw line. Chism scored 15, Lincoln-Memorial's Chance Jones had 14 and UT's Skylar McBee added 12.
Larry Smith Ins. 125, Ralph Brown & Associates 112: Former Bearden and College of Charleston standout Tony White Jr. scored 30 points to position Larry Smith Insurance (3-1) for a spot in the championship game.
UT signee Quinton Chievous scored 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting for Larry Smith Insurance, former LMU star DeMario Curry had 24 and UT signee Josh Richardson added 15.
Renaldo Woolridge scored 32 to lead Ralph Brown & Associates (0-4), while Darryl Garrett had 30 and J.P. Primm chipped in with 26.