Round two this season between Clay City and Linton is scheduled for the hardwood tonight beginning with junior varsity action at 6:30 p.m at Clay City High School.
Much like last season's February matchup, the Eels will have the chance to clinch the Tri-River Conference title outright with a victory against the Miners. Clay City defeated the Miners 49-35 in the opening round of the Greene County Tournament on Jan. 7 and won 51-45 last February to win the TRC title.
This season the Miners will bring in a 7-10 overall mark while the Eels are currently 11-6.
After an early season five-game losing streak in December, the Miners have gone 7-5 since while the Eels' six losses have come to teams with a combined 80-35 mark. Five of the six defeats have come to teams that have spent time in the top-10 of the state's polls.
In this year's first meeting, Jared Defore led the way for Clay City with a game-high 20 points including three 3-pointers. Roger Harden added 11 points and 11 rebounds while Camrand Tucker added eight points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Caleb Fischer topped Linton with 14 points.
Clay City jumped out to a 29-15 halftime advantage at halftime of the last meeting before Linton opened the third quarter by going on a 12-1 run led by a pair of 3-pointers from Evan Herndon and one by Steele Spinks.
But the Eels would go back to their inside game of Harden and Tucker.
Harden scored nine of his 11 points along with five rebounds in the second half while Tucker chipped in six points and five boards to go on a 12-0 run to finish off the Miners.
The Eels have won the past three meetings between the teams since a 70-60 defeat in the 1999-00 season which coincidentally was the only season in which the Miners reached the .500 mark since 1993-94 when they finished with a 12-10 mark.