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Hot shooting first half paces Eels to win

Friday, November 30, 2007

Jordan Defore scored 11 points and pulled down seven boards for the Eels.

For The Brazil Times

CLAY CITY -- Will Kennedy was twisting his body and falling down as he let go of a shot midway through the second quarter. Swish, like most of the shots the Clay City Eels fired up in the first half Friday night against Union-Dugger Bulldogs.

Clay City could do no wrong in the opening 16 minutes of a 78-50 victory over the Bulldogs. The 2-0 Eels led the SWIAC and Tri-River Conference opener by as many as 35 points midway through the second half.

"At halftime, I wanted our players to understand there is a difference between hitting shots and playing good basketball. Our start was the result of good basketball,"? Clay City coach Grant McVay said.

Clay City shot 82 percent (14-17) from the floor in the first quarter, while Union hit just 23 percent (3-13). The Eels finished the first half hitting 61 percent (21-34) and held the Bulldogs to 36 percent (8-22).

"I thought the kids played good basketball as the result of getting a rhythm going,"? McVay said.

Jordan Defore had 11 points, seven rebounds and blocked four shots and got the Eels off to a great start in the first period with three offensive rebound baskets in a 13-5 run.

"Jordan Defore was our fourth-leading scorer tonight. I thought he was the key. I really thought he played a good game. He facilitates so much for that group,"? McVay said.

Then Will Kennedy, who led all scorers with 17 points and also grabbed seven rebounds, started the Eels 3-point barrage.

In the final 2:50 of the opening quarter, five of the Eels' seven field goals were 3-pointers. One by Kennedy, one by Kyler Rhodes, two by Braxton Griffith and one from Defore.

"We score 34 points in the first quarter. When you hit shots at that clip you don't even know how many points you score,"? McVay said.

Clay City never looked back. The Eels led 49-24 at halftime.

After cooling off in the second half, Clay City finished the night shooting 55 percent (32-58), but a sizzling 60 percent (6-10) from 3-point range.

Union, led by Eric Medley with 14 points and Logan Chesterfield with 13, shot 37 perecent (18-49) from the floor.

Clay City's junior varsity also picked up a 47-28 victory. Tyler Bridgewater led the Eels with 17 points and Tyler Jenkins had 14.

Union (50)

Howard 3-12 3-5 9, Che3sterfield 5-11 1-1 13, Brust 0-1 2-4 2, Talpas 2-6 1-3 5, Medley 5-14 3-3 14, Sherman 1-1 0-0 2, Davidson 2-3 0-0 5, Lucas 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-49 FG, 10-16 FT, 50 TP.

Clay City (78)

Defore 5-6 0-0 11, Cook 3-5 0-0 6, Kennedy 7-9 1-2 17, Griffith 6-11 2-3 16, Rhodes 5-8 1-1 12, Seymour 3-5 0-0 6, Higgins 1-4 2-2 4, Payne 0-3 0-1 0, Heffner 2-7 2-2 6. Totals 32-58 FG, 8-11 FT, TP 78.

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3-Pt. Field Goal: U 4-15 (Chesterfield 2-4, Davidson 1-3, Medley 1-5, Howard 0-3), CC 6-10 (Kennedy 2-2, Griffith 2 3, Defore 1-1, Rhodes 1-4). Total fouls: U 13, CC 16 Fouled out: None. Turnovers: U 13, CC 15. Rebounds: U 22 (Howard, Chesterfield 5), CC 40 (Defore and Kennedy 7). JV game: Clay City 47, Union-Dugger 28.

Next game -- Union (0-3, 0-1 in SWIAC and Tri-River Conferences) will host Eminence on Saturday. Clay City (2 0, 1-0 in SWIAC and Tri-River Conferences) plays at home Dec. 7 against Bloomfield.

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