The Ensworth (Nashville, Tenn.)
boys basketball team lost its season opener 100-95 in overtime to Gabriel Christian Academy (Smyrna, Tenn.)
on Tuesday despite a school-record 49-point explosion by sophomore Andrew Fleming
. Dee Paul scored 33 points for Gabriel.
Fleming, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound two-way guard, shot 9-for-27 from the field, including an impressive 7-for-12 from 3-point range. He also had nine rebounds, six assists and five steals.
Coach Ricky Bowers told MaxPreps that his young star "has got what I call an uncommonly quick release. He has a very good shooting stroke and his range is spectacular. He's exceptional in almost every area."
Fleming, who already has received a scholarship offer from the University of Florida, has gotten stronger since serving as the sixth man for last year's Class 2A state champions.
Bowers, who also is head football coach and athletic director, will concentrate on football Friday when his team takes a 19-game winning streak into the 2A state semifinals.