North Clay's Damon Hyatt goes up for a shot in Wednesday's win.
The North Clay sixth-grade Knights established an early lead and never looked back Wednesday, dispatching Woodrow Wilson by a score of 37-27.
Wilson played the Knights closely throughout the first half, but sputtered late in the game. North Clay handled the ball with confidence, executing crisp passes and controlling the tempo of the second half. Zach Hull lead the Knights with 15 points, followed by Chance Talbot with eight and Kodie Girton with seven.
The Knights played solidly in the early going, stifling Wilson's offense and capitalizing on scoring opportunities. A late first-quarter surge from Wilson, facilitated in part by a key assist from guard Matt O'Leary, narrowed North Clay's lead to 9-6. Wilson kept pace with the Knights for the remainder of the first half, with North Clay hanging on to a 14-12 lead at the break.
But North Clay's offense began to fire on all cylinders in the third quarter. The Knights built a 23-17 advantage with a minute to play in the third, and would not surrender the lead for the rest of the game.
North Clay's sixth-grade B team won their contest with Woodrow Wilson's second squad in dramatic fashion, recovering from an abysmal first half and tying the game at the end of regulation. The Knights prevailed in overtime, edging Wilson 20-16. Brockton Wells and TJ Tilley led the way with four points each.
The Knights will take on St. Patrick's on the road Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.