Trent Lancaster drives to the basket against Honey Creek on Monday.
The North Clay eighth grade basketball team improved to 5-0 this season with a hard fought 37-33 win over Honey Creek on Monday evening.
The Knights came back from a three point deficit heading into the final period as Clay DeWeese scored four of his game-high 16 points in the fourth quarter and the Knights got two points apiece from Justin White, Derek Duncan and Jonathon Bradshaw to squeeze out the victory.
Bradshaw had 10 points in the victory with Drake Stevenson adding five and White had four.
In the 'B' contest, North Clay got 11 first quarter points from Kyle Hughes in a 39-33 victory. Hughes had 15 in the game and both Caleb Andrews and Trent Sims had seven.
Up next for North Clay is a November 28 road trip to Otter Creek for a 5 p.m. game.
Seventh grade drops pair to Honey Creek
North Clay's seventh grade basketball team lost a tight ball game to visiting Honey Creek on Monday evening, 48-42.
After battling to a first quarter tie at seven apiece, the Bees took a halftime advantage as Bill Cesinger hit a 3-pointer as part of a five point quarter despite four straight free throws from North Clay's Trent Lancaster.
In the third period, the Bees added to their lead with Logan Buske nailing a pair of 3-pointers to take a 34-26 lead. Jacob Musgrave began to warm up in the second half for the Knights hitting four free throws in the period and Caleb Mershon hit one of his two 3-pointers.
North Clay made a run of their own in the fourth quarter as Musgrave scored six of his 12 points in the final period and Jordan Van Horn added five of his 11 points. However, the Bees held on from long range, nailing a trio of 3-pointers to get the victory.
In the 'B' game, the Knights weren't able to recover from a scoreless first period as they fell 29-23 to the Bees.
Nathan Smith had six points for the Knights and both Hunter Robertson and Jordan King added four in the game.
Next up for the Knights is a home contest versus Otter Creek on November 28 beginning at 6 p.m.
Sixth grade victorious
The North Clay sixth grade basketball team earned a 37-29 win over Woodrow Wilson on the strength of a 16 point effort from Chance Talbot.
The Knights got out to a seven point first quarter lead, spreading the scoring around to five different players. North Clay led by four at the break but got four points apiece from Talbot, Zach Hull and Brett Jadvani to pull away in the latter stages of the game.
Hull had eight points in the game with Jadvani adding six, Dillon Reynolds three and Jordan Girton two.
In the 'B' contest, North Clay won 26-22 in a two quarter game as Brocton Wells had eight points with Austin Harrison adding four. Nine different players found the scoring column for North Clay in the win.
Next up for the sixth grade squad is a road trip to Honey Creek on November 28 at 6 p.m.