LEBANON -- Down 10 at intermission, Gallatin turned up the gas in the third period for a 15-2 run then held on at the end for a thrilling 59-56 win over District 9AAA rival Lebanon Friday at Campbell Brandon Gymnasium.
Ninth grader A.J. Davis helped key the comeback by converting a couple of steals into buckets -- including a layup with 4:09 left in the period that tied the game at 32-all.
"It wasn't adjustments," said Green Wave coach Bobby Luna. "We weren't competitive in the first half.
"I didn't think our guys played very hard, we didn't play with any emotion or compassion -- we committed one foul in the first half and we were playing man-to-man.
"But Lebanon wasn't shooting the ball like they have been and we converted some turnovers into easy baskets there in the third.
"I though we fought a lot harder in the second half and we were fortunate to come out of here with a win."
Having stretched the lead to as many as 10 points, Gallatin overcame some spotty free throw shooting over the final eight minutes (8-of-15).
The Blue Devils clawed back to within 58-56 on a 3-pointer by Kobe Tibbs with 14.4 seconds remaining, but Davis converted a free throw at the 13.3 mark.
With fouls to give, Gallatin hacked Lebanon twice to bleed out the clock for the win.
Beljwok Adaing led the way with 18 points while Noah Ring connected on three 3-pointers and finished with 15.
Tibbs paced Lebanon with 14 points and post man David Greene added 12.
With the victory, the Green Wave moved to 15-10 overall and 5-7 in the district headed into a Feb. 11 home game versus Hendersonville.
Losers for the fifth time over the past seven games, the Blue Devils slipped to 18-8 / 7-5, and are scheduled to play at Beech Tuesday.
Boys Box Score
Gallatin (59): Jaden Williams 4, Ethan Rogers 2, Cade Martin 9, Noah Ring 15, Jack Richardson 4, A.J. Davis 7, Beljwok Adaing 18.
Lebanon (56): Alex Fite 6, Gaven Reasonover 7, Kobe Tibbs 14, Jamar Kynard 6, DeQuantay Shannon 9, Jared Hall 2, David Green 12.