Times Sports Editor
North Clay's eighth grade basketball team jumped out to an early lead on the visiting Chauncey Rose Royals on Monday night and never looked back on the way to a 66-13 win.
The win improves the Knights' record to 3-0 in the early stages of the season.
The Knights jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead over the first few minutes of the contest as Damon Hyatt dropped home a 3-pointer and Chance Talbot added seven points in the paint. Hyatt tallied nine points in the quarter and North Clay led 22-4 after six minutes.
Zach Hull added in four of his nine points as North Clay led comfortably, 36-10 at the half.
Dillon Reynolds applied the pressure at the point guard position for the Knights, forcing six first quarter turnovers by the Royals.
Subbing liberally, the Knights got five points or more from seven different players on the way to the victory.
Talbot led the Knights with 15 points and four boards while Bryant Pestoff contributed 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Hyatt had 11 points with four rebounds and Hull chipped in nine points and three boards. Brock Wheeler added six rebounds to go with six points and Reynolds hit all four of his free throws on the way to eight points. Alex Jervis had five points in the win.
Cole Watts had four rebounds with Stearley leading the team with five.
Against Sarah Scott last week, North Clay's ‘A' team won a 39-20 decision over the Scotties as Talbot had 14 points and Hyatt added eight points. Reynolds chipped in with seven and Hull tallied six. Both Kodie Girton and Pestoff had two points.
The ‘B' team fell short in a 34-23 contest despite getting six points from Wheeler and five each from Ninesling and Kodie Girton.
North Clay sixth grade
North Clay's sixth grade basketball team was a 32-25 winner on the road against Woodrow Wilson to remain unbeaten at 3-0.
Trevor Okulovich rang up 10 points to lead the way followed by six points apiece from Ethan Whitson and Connor Ganly.
Nate Newton and Jim Maced added four each with Kyle Moore contributing two.
In the ‘B' game, the Knights lost a 16-13 contest despite four points from Daniel Kimball and two points each from Austin Butts, Jason Sampson, Michael Fureigh and Trevor Hetrick.
The eighth grade team will travel to Owen Valley on Thursday for a 6 p.m. contest while the sixth grade is off until a trip to Sarah Scott on Nov. 14.
North Clay 8th grade
North Clay 66, Chauncey Rose 13
Next game: North Clay ‘A' (3-0) travels to Owen Valley on Thursday at 6 p.m.
North Clay 6th grade
At Woodrow Wilson
Next game: North Clay ‘A' (3-0) travels to Sarah Scott on Nov. 14.