For the Brazil Times
CLAY CITY -- Bloomfield boys basketball coach Ron McBride and his counterpart Friday night Grant McVay -- head coach at Clay City -- both demand a lot from their teams when it comes to defensive execution.
Perhaps that's why both coaches were surprised to see 6'3" junior guard Gavin Thompson take a three pointer with 1:13 to play in the game from approximately two feet behind the three point line to erase a 38-37 Clay City lead and give the Cardinals the advantage for good en route to a 46-38 win to stay perfect on the season in boys high school basketball action in Clay City Friday night.?
"I don't think coach (Ron) McBride expected that shot," said Clay City coach Grant McVay about Thompson's three that gave the Cards the lead for good. That was probably not the best shot in the world to be taking in that situation, but he made it."?
Clay City was down 34-29 heading into the fourth quarter, but managed to take only its second lead of the game (38-37) on an offensive rebound and put back from Will Kennedy with 2:28 left in the game.?
"We were looking to get an isolation on one or two and get someone open," said McBride. "The Thompson boy can shoot the ball. I mean he can really shoot it. He just doesn't look for it as much, but in practice this week he looked at it and took some shots tonight. I know of two that went in and out and there's nothing you can do about that," said McBride.
"What we were looking for was to be able to beat someone off the dribble or to break somebody open. All night we got somebody open, we just didn't knock the shots down. If they execute and get open, but can't knock the shots down, that's just part of basketball. That's the reason you play the game."?
After Braxton Griffith hit a jumper in the lane that bounced high off the glass and through the net, Derrick Held (who was relegated to the bench most of the game because of foul trouble) hit a free throw to reclaim the lead with 2:36 to play, but Kennedy's put back gave the lead to the Eels, 38-37.?
"I'll take our chances with us getting a defensive stop late in the game," said McVay. "That's why they work their tails off late at night in practice."?
After Thompson stroked the three to give the lead to the Cardinals, Clay City could not hit a shot in the final minute of the game, as Bloomfield closed out the game in a 9-0 run.?
"We came down off a time out situation and we executed exactly what I wanted to have done," said McVay. "Kennedy got...fouled, pushed, displaced, whatever you want to call it, on the cut. He got hit and there was no call. I'm not going to go off and be upset on that call when we didn't have the mature approach all night and execute that well throughout the game."?Bloomfield hit 6-of-9 free throws in the last minute of the game to seal the victory.?
"For the most part I didn't think we panicked and that's what you look for early in the year," said McBride. "You look at situations like that. If you don't panic that's one good factor when you don't have to worry about the panic button.?"I thought our defense was better tonight than it was the last three games. We did a pretty good job of cutting down the drive. We're not playing very well right now, but I thought our defense won us the ball game tonight."?
Rick Tally led all scorers with 19 points for Bloomfield. Jordan Defore scored 14 to lead Clay City.?
"We don't have a team that trusts very well, yet," said McVay, "Not all the time anyway. Maturity has been our theme from day one. We're not a very mature team. That doesn't mean physically, but we're not very mature. We don't bring the right approach all the time."?
Bloomfield (4-0, 4-0 in the SWIAC) will have its toughest challenge of the early part of the season when they take on Edgewood tonight at Guy Glover Gymnasium.?Clay City (2-1, 1-1 in the SWIAC) will take on Eminence in a TRC showdown.??
BLOOMFIELD CARDINALS 46?
Derrick Held (g) 1-8 4-6 6, Gavin Thompson (g) 1-4 0-0 3, Rick Tally (c) 7-10 5-6 19, Kaleb Mumma (f) 2-7 1-1 6, Andy Cochrane (f) 1-4 1-2 3, Chad Campbell 2-3 0-1 5, Kurt Schulte 2-2 0-0 4, Graham Helms 0-1 0-1 0. Totals: 16-40 FG, 12-18 FT, 46 TP.?
Clay City (38)
Griffith (g) 1-7 0-0 2, Rhodes (g) 3-5 0-0 8, Kennedy (c) 3-13 2-4 8, Cook (f) 2-5 0-0 4, Defore (f) 6-7 0-1 14, Seymour 0-0 1-2 1, Higgins 0-0 0-0 0, Heffner 0-1 1-2 1. Totals: 15-38 FG, 4-9 FT, 38 TP.?
3-pointers: Bloomfield 1-15 (Held 0-4, Thompson 1-3, Mumma 0-2, Cochrane 0-3, Campbell 0-1, Helms 0-2); CC 4-17 (Griffith 0-4, Rhodes 2-4, Kennedy 0-7, Defore 2-2). Turnovers: Bloomfield 7, CC 11. Team Fouls: Bloomfield 15, CC 16. Rebounds: Bloomfield 22 (Tally 6), CC 25 (Kennedy 11). Assists: Bloomfield 9 (Thompson 3), CC 3 ( Griffith 3). Steals: Bloomfield 10 (Cochrane 3), CC 2 (Griffith, Rhodes). Blocks: Bloomfield 1 (Tally), CC 2 (Kennedy).