Chance Talbot goes to the basket for two of his game-high 15 points in Monday's sixth grade victory.
The North Clay sixth-grade Knights roared back from a slow start Monday, beating conference foe Owen Valley 53-30.
The Knights looked bewildered in the early going, committing several early turnovers and struggled for an offensive opportunity. Owen Valley led 3-0 with 2:57 to play in the first when North Clay Coach Josh Trout called his team in to talk it over.
"We changed defenses, pressed and forced some turnovers," he said. "That got us motivated. Things turned around from there."
The time out was just what the doctor ordered. The Knights defense tightened up, creating opportunities at the offensive end. Chance Talbot fielded an errant Owen Valley jumper and took it coast-to-coast for a basket and a foul. Talbot made the free throw to tie the game at three.
Zach Hull scored again for the Knights on the next possession, connecting on a short jumper in the lane to give North Clay its first lead of the game. The Knights didn't look back, scoring another five points in the last 30 seconds of the first quarter as they jumped out to a 10-4 lead.
North Clay scored at will in the second, racking up a 28-6 advantage by the halfway point and recording 20 total points in the quarter. Owen Valley responded with a second-quarter run of its own, whittling a 22-point Knights advantage to 13 at the half.
But the Patriots couldn't sustain that momentum, and a 15-point North Clay third quarter effectively guaranteed the Knights victory.
Talbot led North Clay with 15 points. Damon Hyatt and Jordan Girton added eight apiece, with Dillon Reynolds and Bryant Pestoff each chipping in seven.
The North Clay B-team also secured a victory Monday, knocking off the Owen Valley fifth-grade squad 44-36. Cole Watts led the Knights second team with eight points.
The sixth grade squad is now 12-1 with a game on Thursday against Monrovia at 6 p.m.