SHAKAMAK -- The Clay City Eels stepped up the last quarter and held on to take a big road win over the home Shakamak Lakers. The Eels broke out in the first couple of minutes to take a 12 to nothing lead, but the Lakers had a little comeback of their own and scored 11 to Clay City's five points to end the first quarter.
The second quarter was a close one with the Lakers outscoring the Eels 11 to 10 and getting to within five points at halftime. Shakamak came back determined to win this one in the third when they outscored the Eels 12 to 5 to take a two point lead going into the 4th.
But in the 4th quarter the Eels prevailed to get the two point win, outscoring the Lakers in the quarter 23-19. The Eels shot a blistering 52.4% from the field and 47.4% from the 3-point line.
Elliott Booe had another big game for the Eels shooting 9-for-17 from the field and scoring 21 points.
But it was a pair of juniors, Camrand Tucker and Jared Defore, that stepped up in the 2nd half. Defore was 4-of-5 from the 3-point line and hit all his free throws to end up with 17 points.
Camrand Tucker calmly made a 3-pointer with less than a minute to go, and made a free throw to give the Eels their last four points and the win.
After the game Camrand Tucker commented, "We knew it was going to be a hostile environment when we came in. But we played as a team and got a big win."
The Eels accomplished what they set out to do and are now 12-4. The junior varsity also won 45-33. Brock Dyer led the way with 17 points and Clay Jones had 11.