Ex-Vol Dane Bradshaw cites hard play

'I think the league was deeper this year'

Renaldo Woolridge shoots during Ralph Brown & Associates' 115-113 loss to DeRoyal Industries. Woolridge finished with 37.

It was all fan-favorite Dane Bradshaw could do to muster a smile walking off the Bearden High School basketball court following Wednesday night's Pilot Rocky Top League games.

Bradshaw, a former Tennessee standout and the No. 8 overall pick in the Rocky Top draft, said he was disappointed he couldn't do more to help his Richardson Construction team win more games this summer.

Choice Spine (5-0) wrapped up the regular-season title with a 138-109 win over Richardson Construction (1-4) to advance to play in Wednesday's 7:30 p.m. championship game against the defending league champion News Sentinel.

Donald Sims, Appalachian State's all-time leading scorer, poured in 38 points for Choice Spine, while Tennessee's Jeronne Maymon had 22 and Vol Trae Golden added 19.

UT's Cameron Tatum scored 29 to lead Richardson Construction, while Lee University's Ryan Westbrooks had 23 and Bradshaw had 10.

"I think the league was deeper this year, and it was competitive,'' Bradshaw said. "The Tennessee guys went hard, and there wasn't a sense of entitlement with them. It's back to having a chip on the shoulder.

"The mid-major guys in the league weren't backing down from them, either.''

Bradshaw said he plans to keep playing in the PRTL as long as he keeps getting drafted.

"It's a lot of fun coming out here, though I don't like losing,'' Bradshaw said. "But you still see a lot of fans out here, and there's a ton of interest.''

DeRoyal Industries 115, Ralph Brown & Associates 113: Ryan Walden hit a pair of free throws with 5.7 seconds left to lift DeRoyal Industries (3-2) past Ralph Brown & Associates (0-5).

Lincoln Memorial's Ridge Graham led DeRoyal with 24 points while his LMU teammates Desmond Johnson and Lorenzo Ross added 20 apiece and UT's Kenny Hall had 13.

UT's Renaldo Woolridge had 37 for Ralph Brown & Associates, including a 3-pointer that tied the game with 30 seconds left. J.P. Primm of UNC Asheville had 36 points.

Primm, who has led his Rocky Top League teams to championships the previous two seasons, said he was disappointed not to get a win.

"We really played hard out there, but I still got a lot out of this league,'' said Primm, who was voted last season the league's Most Outstanding Player. "You get used to playing the same guys on campus, so it's good to drive over here and play against some great competition.''

UNC Asheville loses only one player off the team that won its first-round NCAA tournament game last season and plays Tennessee this season.

News Sentinel 135, Larry Smith Insurance 113: Jordan McRae scored a league-high 55 points on 18-of-29 shooting from the floor and 12-of-14 from the free-throw line to lead the News Sentinel (3-2) into Wednesday's 7:30 p.m. championship game against Choice Spine (5-0).

"I know this doesn't all translate to college ball, but I've been able to work on a lot of things, from rebounding to finishing with contact and driving to the basket,'' McRae said.

Tennessee's Skylar McBee had 23 points, while the LMU duo of Tony Martin and Chance Jones added 18 and 15 points, respectively.

Former LMU star DeMario Curry led Larry Smith Insurance (3-2) with 31 points, while former Bearden and College of Charleston standout Tony White Jr. had 27 and Boo Jackson had 20.

UT signees Quinton Chievous and Josh Richardson added 13 and eight points for Larry Smith Insurance, which will play DeRoyal Industries (3-2) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in the third-place consolation game.

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Comments » 6

1bigvolman writes:

I thought Pearl was a better coach with players like Bradshaw, their hustle and heart fit his style better than the Prima Donnas. I'd love to have Dane back in Orange!

bogey74 writes:

Haven't had the chance to make it out to the Rocky Top games this year. Any opinions on the 2 incoming UT freshmen?

PennVol writes:

I've never seen any of these games but I'm wondering if it's just semi-organized street ball where players develop bad habits? There's obviously no defense with scores like 135-113.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Bradshaw's great.

hueypilot writes:

in response to PennVol:

I've never seen any of these games but I'm wondering if it's just semi-organized street ball where players develop bad habits? There's obviously no defense with scores like 135-113.

I asked the same question on another thread Penn. Anybody like to weigh in who had seen some of these games. Is it like the "street ball" phooey on ESPN2 where it's all showboat and no d? Couldn't be much with scores over 240 total points.

vol68 writes:

This is just a league with a big corporation backing it and the paper sponsoring one of the teams. If it weren't for that, no one would care but we are forced to care because of the publicity. So some of the Vols, former Vols, and a few small school college guys play a few offense only pick up games during the summer. Yawn, Yawn.

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