Times Staff Report
The seventh-grade Clay City boys' basketball team competed at the Cloverdale Invitational over the weekend and came away with a hard fought runner-up finish.
The Eels opened the tourney with a dominating, 58-22 win over the host Clovers as Cade Newton scored 17 of his game-high 25 points in the opening period. Seth Barrett tallied 12 points for the Eels with Logan Ames contributing nine rebounds. Evan Sumner, Trevor Smith and John Hyatt helped run out the clock in the victory.
The second saw a shocking battle between a pair of Eels' squads as Eminence took on Clay City.
Eminence gave Clay City all it could handle in the game, but in the end it was precision free throw shooting by Paiden Myers and Barrett that sealed the 36-27 victory for Clay City.
Evan Rogers led Clay City with eight points followed by six points apiece by Myers, Barrett and Easton Booe.
In the championship contest, Clay City had a tall order to fill against a stout Martinsville West team.
The Artesians were well rested after an early semifinal game, but the Eels had just 30 minutes between games.
The opening quarter ended in a 12-all tie, but the Artesians got hot in the second period and pushed ahead to take an 11-point lead at the midway point.
After regrouping at halftime, Clay City and coach Matt Ames rallied to get within three points at 35-32, but early foul trouble began to take its toll late in the game. Four of Clay City's five starters fouled out by the end of the game and Martinsville pulled away at the free throw line to win 53-38.
Newton was the top scorer with 18 points.