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Eels drop Graber Post Classic opener to ranked Rangers

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

By MATT MCKINNEY

Times Staff Reporter

ELNORA -- The Clay City varsity Basketball team spent a day of their precious Christmas break at North Daviess High School for the Graber Post Buildings Classic Tuesday. Their match-up was against the Forest Park Rangers. Clay City was at an instant disadvantage, with seven of Forest Park's players standing 6'4'' or taller. The Rangers' height was too much for Clay City, as they lost to Forest Park, 64-37.

In the first quarter, junior Ben Denker started the Eels off very well by connecting on consecutive three-pointers. By the time Denker was done Tuesday, he had scored 14 points and was the leading scorer between both teams. Denker also grabbed a pair of rebounds.

Both teams were playing to their respective strengths in the first half, Forest Park trying to push the ball inside, and Clay City spreading the floor for its shooters.

Even though Clay City played well in the first half, they were still down at halftime, 23-18.

Clay City head coach Vance Edmondson was pleased with the first half.

"I thought we played well in the first half, executed our gameplan," Edmonson said. "We missed probably two or three lay-ups so we probably should have had a small lead or even tied going into halftime."

In the second half, things started to unravel for the Eels.

They committed nine turnovers in the third quarter alone, giving the Rangers plenty of scoring opportunities. Forest Park took advantage of its opportunities and put 21 points on the scoreboard.

Clay City couldn't keep up with the Rangers' size and scoring and went into the fourth quarter with a 44-25 deficit.

In the fourth quarter with the game seemingly out of hand, junior Jake Tiefel scored six points for the Eels. Tiefel finished with 10 points and two rebounds.

Despite Tiefel's production, the Eels were unable to make a comeback in the fourth quarter and lost 64-37.

"You have to give them credit. There's a reason why they're number three in 2A," Edmondson said. "They showed it tonight."

Junior Colton Dyer scored nine points, and senior Tyler Bridgewater added four of his own.

Their next challenge in the tournament is Wednesday afternoon against Washington Catholic at 3 p.m.

At North Daviess

Clay City (37)

Denker 5-10 2-2 14, Decker 0-2 0-0 0, Rodgers 4-7 0-0 9, Tiefel 5-9 0-1 10, Bridgewater 2-6 0-0 4, Allen 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 16-35 2-3 37.

Forest Park (64)

Messmer 1-1 0-0 2, Welp 3-6 2-2 8, Klem 1-2 0-0 3, Hulsman 2-3 0-0 5, Meyer 3-7 0-0 7, Braunecker 6-9 0-2 12, Bromm 1-2 0-0 2, Wilgus 4-8 0-0 9, Leonard 1-2 0-0 2, Begle 1-3 1-2 4, Williams 3-7 1-2 7, Kordes 1-3 1-2 3. Totals: 27-55 5-10 64.

Clay City108712-37
Forest Park1582120-64

3-point fieldgoals -- CC 3-6 (Denker 2-4, Rodgers 1-1 Bridgewater 0-1), Forest Park 5-12 (Welp 0-2, Klem 1-1, Hulsman 1-1, Meyer 1-4, Bromm 0-1, Wilgus 1-1, Begle 1-2). Total Rebounds -- CC 18 (Denker 2, Decker 4, Rodgers 3, Tiefel 2 Bridgewater 4, Allen 1,) FP 22 (Welp 3 Hulsman 1, Meyer 3, Braunecker 4, Bromm 2, Wilgus 5 Leonard 1, Begle 2, Williams 1.) Total Fouls -- CC 11, FP 12. Total Turnovers -- CC 17, FP 6.