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Eels romp over Bulldogs for season's first victory

Friday, December 5, 2003

CLAY CITY -- The Clay City Eels picked up their first victory of the boys high

school basketball season Friday night with an impressive 69-26 victory over

the visiting Union Bulldogs from Dugger.

Clay City (1-2) jumped out to a 21-8 lead in the opening quarter, held

Union to just two points in the second period and led 29-10 at halftime

while opening SWIAC play with a win.

"I thought it was a real positive that our kids didn't take this game

for granted," Clay City Coach Grant McVay said.

Brock Roberts led the Eels scoring with 23 points, hitting all five of

his three-point shot attempts. Jared Defore netted 10 points. Sophomore Ryan Gambill led Union with 21 points.

"We're not doing a very good job of handling the basketball," Union

Coach Doug Boyd said. "We've got three sophomore guard and two of them

have never handled the ball (before this year)."

Clay City opened the game in a full-court press that forced Union into

nine turnovers in the first quarter. The Bulldogs made six of those

nine errors in the first four minutes. Union scored its only field goal of

the first half with 1:24 left in the first period.

"I think Clay City is as quick as anybody we'll play. Grant does a

great job with their man-to-man defense. [The Eels] doe a great job

pressuring the ball and getting into the passing lane. It's very, very hard

for us to duplicate that in practice," Boyd said.

McVay was more impressed with the Eels' defense in the second period.

"We probably did our best job [on defense] in the second period," the

Clay City coach said.

The Union turnovers led to a 56 percent (28-50) shooting night for Clay

City. Union shot 23 percent (8-35) from the floor.

McVay was happy the Eels also owned a 34-15 rebounding advantage, led by Roberts with seven and Camrand Tucker, Roger Harden and Brock Dyer with five each.

"We didn't do the best job of blockingout, but when the ball came off the rim, I thought [the Eels] really went after it. It sounds silly to talk about that, but it's a sign [the players] were really into the game," McVay said.

Union (26) -- Holladay 0-1 0-0 0, Spurlin 0-0 0-0 0, Page 0-2 2-4 2,

Gambill 7-20 6-8 21, Davidson 1-9 1-2 3, VanAlstyne 0-3 0-0 0, Reynolds

0-0 0-0 0. Totals 8-35 FG, 9-14 FT, 26 TP.

Clay City (69) -- Tucker 3-6 3-6 9, Harden 3-5 0-0 6, Roberts 8-11 2-2

23, Jones 2-5 0-0 4, Defore 5-9 0-0 10, Wells 1-1 1-1 3, Dyer 2-6 0-0

4, Knox 0-0 0-0 0, Vansickle 2-3 1-1 4, Roeschlein 2-3 1-2 5, Romas 0-1

0-0 0. Totals 28-50 FG, 8-12 FT, 69 TP

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3-Pt. Goals: Union 1-5 (Gambill 1-4, Davidson 0-1), Clay City 5-9

(Roberts 5-5, Jones 0-1, Romas 0-1, Defore 0-2).

Total fouls: Union 12, Clay City 14. Fouled out: Spurlin.

Rebounds: Union 15 (VanAlstyne 5), Clay City 34 (Roberts 7).

Turnovers: Union 20, Clay City 18.

JV game: Clay City (2-1) defeated Holy Cross 76-40. Stephen Johnson 22

points and Garrett Thatcher 19 for Clay City. Cordero Reynolds 21 for

Holy Cross.

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