Points 'R Us

Tennessee's basketball team just might blow out some scoreboards this winter ... if the opposition plays defense the way it is being played in the Rocky Top League this summer.

Incredibly, the Vols' five projected starters for 2009-10 accounted for 187 points Wednesday night at Knoxville's Bearden High Gym.

The projected backcourt trio of wing Scotty Hopson (44), point guard Bobby Maze (42) and wing Cameron Tatum (37) combined for 123 points – an average of 41 per man. The returning starters at forward, Wayne Chism and Tyler Smith, added 36 and 28 points, respectively.

Key reserves Josh Tabb (22) and Brian Williams (17) didn't fare too badly, either.

Hopson, who scored 49 in his RTL opener Monday night, combined with Williams to lead The News-Sentinel past Choice Spine 106-101. Tatum was spectacular in defeat, contributing 13 assists and 12 rebounds in addition to his 37 points. Ex-Vol C.J. Black chipped in 15 points.

Maze scored the last of his 42 points with 10 seconds left, providing the winning margin in First Tennessee Bank's 119-117 defeat of Richardson Construction. Maze also contributed a dozen assists. Smith (28) and Tabb (22) led the way for Richardson.

Chism dominated, sinking 14 of 17 field-goal tries, as HT Group beat Ray's ESG 119-113. Former Vol C.J. Watson, now with the NBA's Golden State Warriors, led Ray's with 31 points. Another ex-Vol, Jon Higgins, chipped in 15.


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