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Eels defeat Sullivan in front of home crowd

Saturday, January 25, 2003

Clay City

Trailing the Sullivan Golden Arrows by four points at halftime and

shooting less than 30 percent from the floor, Coach Grant McVay challenged the Clay City Eels.

"I challenged them to see who is going to step up, to say we're not going to lose this game," McVay said.

The Class A No.7-ranked Eels answered the challenge with two quarters of hard work that led to a 44-37 victory over the visiting Golden


Hard work on the basketball court means defense and rebounding. That is how the Eels earned their 10th victory of the season.

Sticking with its man-to-man defense, Clay City [10-3] held Sullivan to just four points for 14 minutes and 56 seconds in the second half of the high school basketball game. Sullivan scored just two points in the third quarter, netted its second bucket of the half at 6:04 in the

fourth period and did not score again until just 1:04 remained in the game.

"Clay City outhustled us on boards all night. They played excellent

defense at the other end," Sullivan Coach Jeff Moore said.

Clay City outrebounded Sullivan 36-19, led by Matt Farmer with nine boards and Camrand Tucker with eight.

Elliott Booe paced the Eels at both ends of the court. Carrying a

20-point average into thecontest, Booe netted just 12 points, but he also held Sullivan's Jeffrey Moore, who also averages 20 points a game, to 12 points. Moore managed only three shots the second half.

"A lot of times people don't want to appreciate the less glamorous

aspects of the game," McVay said of Booe's defense.

Clay City also got a big boost off the bench from Jared Defore, who had 10 points, seven in the second half. Defore scored the first two points of the third period, then made a steal, layup and free throw that put the Eels ahead for good, 30-27.

"Jared is our sixth starter. He's definitely the calibert of a starting

player in other programs," McVay said of the 5-11 junior.

Despite shooting just 33 percent (13-39) for the game, Clay City

extended its lead to 13 points in the fourth quarter against Sullivan's zone-traps. The Eels ball movement was so good, some Golden Arrows were bent over in exhaustion from chasing the ball.

"We put the game away in the first half of the fourth quarter with good ball movement against their 1-3-1," McVay said.

Sullivan (37) -- Lane 3-7 0-0 7, Steele 3-9 0-0 8, Swain 1-4 2, Cox 1-4 0-0 2, Moore 5-12 0-2 12, Howard 2-3 0-0 4, Tucker 0-1 0-0 0, Wright 1-1 0-0 2, Shorter 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-42 FG, 1-3 FT, 37 TP.

Clay City (44) -- Tuckier 1-8 0-0 2, Harden 1-4 0-0 2, Farmer 1-8 5-6 7, Wellman 1-1 4-4 6, Booe 4-8 3-3 12, Roberts 1-1 1-2 3, Schopmeyer 0-0 0-0 0, Long 0-0 2-3 2, Defore 4-9 1-2 10, Gerber 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-39 FG, 16-20 FT, 44 TP.

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3-Pt. Goals: Sul. 4-14 (Moore 2-5, Steele 2-6, Shorter 0-1, Cox 0-1, Tucker 0-1), CC 2-9 (Booe 1-5, Defore 1-2, Harden 0-1, Tucker 0-1). Total fouls: Sul. 15, CC 6. Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Sul. 19 (Swain 4), CC 36 (Farmer 9, Tucker 8). Turnovers: Sul. 7, CC 12.

JV game: Sullivan won 54-46.

Next game: Clay City (10-3 plays at North Daviess Jan. 31.

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