Boys Varsity Basketball · Inside out game powers Devils past Cheatham County

 By Kris Freeman, Sports Information Director

ASHLAND CITY – The White House Blue Devils exploded out of the gate and then slowed it down and bruised their way to a big lead before a flurry again to close a 67-48 victory at Cheatham County.

White House (5-2, 1-0) jumped out to a 19-4 lead in the first four minutes as senior Octavian Arnold scored 14 of the team’s first 16 points, including a trio of three-pointers and a three-point play driving into the lane after a turnover. Arnold finished with 25 points when he shot two free throws in the final minute to edge him above his teammate.

That teammate was junior Durstin Adams, who came off the bench to score 23 points. Arnold left the game with two fouls and the focus of the offense shifted inside, as the Blue Devils fed the ball to the post and Adams scored 11 in the first half and 12 in the second. He was 7-of-8 at the free-throw line.

The Blue Devils also got eight points inside from starting post, junior Zak Laamal, who scored the first six points of the second half.

With Adams and Arnold combining for 48, no other teammate was in double figures for the Blue Devils. Andrew Nixon scored five, Noah Johnston three, and Evan Webster three.

Cheatham County struggled to guard inside with senior post Tanner Fletcher in foul trouble and eventually fouling out of the game. Fletcher and senior Tristan Lee led the team with 11 points each.

Preston Carter scored 10, Jonathan Mayberry six, Charlie Martin four, Robbie Morris two and Andrew Mayberry two.

Cheatham County fell to 1-5 overall and 0-1 in District 9-AA.

White House hosts White House Heritage Friday at 7:30 p.m. and then Springfield comes to White House on Monday. The Devils travel to East Robertson on Tuesday and back home Friday against Sycamore.