Making it click

Sophomore lifts Rebels for first state title

Ryan Click hit one shot Saturday night.

The Maryville High School sophomore may never hit a bigger one.

Click buried a fall-away 3-pointer as time expired in double overtime, and Maryville claimed its first state basketball title with a 69 to 66 win over Clarksville at Middle Tennessee State University.

In only their third trip to the state tournament and first in 15 years, the Rebels (30-7) turned back a Clarksville team (33-3) which had survived a triple overtime game the night before.

Maryville inbounded the ball beneath its basket with 2.2 seconds remaining. The play design was for point guard Jordan Damron to get the ball to either Aaron Douglas or Jay Reynolds underneath. When Clarksville covered the play, Damron spotted Click alone at the head of the circle. "He gave it to me," Click said. "It felt good. I shot it. I didn’t even look at the ball. I just looked at the rim."

Damron, named the tournament’s most valuable player, led all scorers with 29 points, including six 3-pointers. Douglas, an all tournament selection, added 17 points and 11 rebounds, finishing one short of a triple double with eight blocks.

Tyler Maples and Kent Basile were both named to the all-tournament team for Maryville.

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