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North Clay sixth-grade cruises past South Putnam

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

North Clay sixth-grader, Tucker Stewart (No. 4) hangs in the air before sending up a shot against South Putnam. Stewart had 16 points in a win over the Eagles.

Times Sports Editor

Three weeks after its last game on Dec. 16, the North Clay sixth-grade boys' basketball team cruised past the same opponent, the South Putnam Eagles, for a 54-28 win in the 'A' game and a 30-9 victory in the 'B' contest.

The Knights had a sizable holiday break since a pair of wins on the road against the Eagles on Dec. 16 and it took a bit of time to shake off the rust from game inactivity.

The 'A' squad led just 17-16 at halftime while having a difficult time containing the dribble penetration of the Eagles' quick point guard, Michael Wood.

Wood was kept in check during the Dec. 16 game, as North Clay held him to just two points, but on Wednesday evening, the guard heated up in the second quarter with a variety of circus jumpers on the way to 11 first half points. The Knights got a balanced scoring effort before halftime as Tucker Stewart had a pair of second quarter fieldgoals and Quinton Hayes had five to go with four points in the first half by Ethan Linton.

The second half was a much different story as North Clay's defensive pressure forced six turnovers in the third quarter and the Knights didn't allow a point in the third period.

The Knights got a score by Laim Jones and Linton followed with a score off an offensive rebound. The ensuing inbound pass by the Eagles was stolen and Stewart scored the lay-in for a 6-0 burst barely a minute into the half. The North Clay lead had grown to 23-16 and the Knights were rolling.

North Clay's Damien Gochanour (No. 12) looks for an open teammate in the Knights' win over South Putnam.
Linton had six of his 14 points in the period to go with five rebounds and Stewart added six more points. North Clay outscored the Eagles 16-0 in the quarter and the Knights were well on their way to their seventh victory.

North Clay added a 21-point fourth quarter for good measure as Stewart capped a 16-point game for the Knights, Linton had 14 points to go with a game-high 14 rebounds. Thomas had nine points, Hayes had seven and Jones chipped in with six points. Ben Girton wrapped the scoring with a pair of free throws.

The Knights outrebounded South Putnam, 39-25 and had just two turnovers in the second half.

In the 'B' game, North Clay held the Eagles scoreless in both the first and third quarters to pick up the victory.

The Knights got half of Mike Thomas' eight points in the first quarter and Josh Alsip controlled the boards for North Clay, which had a 37 to 22 advantage overall. Alsip had eight of his game-high 11 rebounds in the second half and poured in 10 points off the bench. Lance Rector added four points, Wyatt McKenzie added eight boards, Jackson Paul grabbed five more rebounds and Nathan Desue tallied two points in the victory.

The 'A' team is now 7-6 overall and hosts Clay City on Jan. 12 at 6 p.m.

'A' game

North Clay (54)

Jones 3 0-0 6, Stewart 8 0-0 16, Hayes 3 1-2 7, Linton 7 0-2 14, Thomas 3 1-2 9, Girton 0 2-2 2, Grimes 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 3-6 54.

South Putnam (28)

Wood 5 1-2 11, Stewart 0 0-0 0, Rayce 1 0-0 2, Valdes 3 1-1 7, Masters 0 0-0 0, Grundlock 3 2-3 8. Totals: 12 4-6 28

South Putnam88012-28.
North Clay981621-54

3-point fieldgoals -- NC 2 (Thomas 2), SP (None). Total Rebounds -- NC 39 (Linton 14, Hayes 7), SP 25 (Grundlock 8). Total Fouls -- NC 8, SP 10.

'B' game

North Clay (30)

Desue 1 0-0 2, Rector 2 0-2 4, Paul 0 0-0 0, McKenzie 1 0-0 2, M.Thomas 2 4-4 8, Chiles 0 0-0 0, Phegley 0 0-0 0, Alsip 7 0-0 14. Totals: 13 4-6 30.

South Putnam (9)

Lorimer 1 0-0 2, Tesserau 0 1-2 1, Jones-Stevens 2 0-0 4, Drawbaugh 1 0-2 2, Sheets 0 0-0 0, Kiste 0 0-2 0. Totals: 4 1-6 9.

South Putnam0504-9
North Clay68106-30

3-point fieldgoals -- NC (None), SP (None). Total Rebounds -- NC 37 (Alsip 11, McKenzie 8), SP 22 (Drawbaugh 10). Total Fouls -- NC 5, SP 4.