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Big first quarter sparks Eels to win over Bulldogs

Friday, December 2, 2011

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Clay City's Jake Tiefel, brings the ball up the court during the first quarter of Friday's 71-53 win against Union (Dugger). Tiefel had 12 points on the night and played a solid defensive game. [Order this photo]
By STEVEN PENN

Times Staff Reporter

CLAY CITY¬--It was all Clay City from the opening tip Friday night as the Eels defeated Union (Dugger) High School, 71-53.

Clay City came out of the gate playing tough pressure defense, which kept the Bulldogs off balance early and helped the Eels' lead grow to 20-4 by the end of the first quarter.

Eels Head Coach Vance Edmonson said defense was his priority this game.

"I thought our defensive intensity was great," Edmondson said. "We did a good job for the first three quarters of holding the (Tyler) Talpas kid in check, which was priority one making sure he didn't go crazy.

"Holding him to nine points in the first three quarters and playing good solid team defense, I think that was a big start for us."

However, it wasn't all defense for the Eels.

Senior Ben Denker had the best offensive game for the Eels, tallying 24 points.

Brylan Jones and Jake Tiefel were next in line, scoring 16 and 12 respectively.

In the second quarter the Eels continued their strong defensive play, which helped the lead grow to 39-16 as the halftime horn blew.

Edmonson said as well as his defense played there were still some mistakes.

"We made some silly fouls, but for the most part we want to play defense with our feet, turn people, make them handle the ball and then we're going to try to capitalize on those mistakes," Edmonson said. "I thought we did a good job of that early tonight and we carried it through until the end of the game."

The Bulldogs played their best ball in the second half, outscoring the Eels 37-32, but by that time the lead was insurmountable for the road team, and at the final gun the score was 71-53

When talking about what his team could do better, Edmonson said he would have liked to see more consistent offense from his squad.

"We've got to shoot better," Edmonson said. "... But we still scored 71 points; so I think if we ever have a good shooting game, we can put a lot of points on the board."

Edmonson said that would be what his team focused on this week in practice.

"We're going to get some shots up and I think we still have to maintain our focus and our defensive intensity, which is our first priority," Edmonson said. "If we can do that then our shooting will come."

Clay City (2-0 overall) hosts Bloomfield on Friday night at 6 p.m.

Clay City (71)

Denker 10 2-4 24, Arsenal 0 0-0 0, Bigger 1 0-0 2, Phillips 0 0-0 0, Cesinger 2 0-0 4, Smith 1 0-0 3, Tiefel 4 5-6 13, Buell 3 0-2 6, Rhodes 0 0-0 0, Jones 7 2-4 16, Allen 1 1-1 3, Harbour 0 0-0 0. Totals: 29 10-17 71.

Union (Dugger) (53)

Fettig 2 1-5 5, Birdsong 0 1-2 1, Secrest 0 0-0 0, Shreve 0 0-0 0, Langley 1 2-2 4, Talpas 11 4-6 29, Todd 0 0-0 0, Hamburg 4 3-4 11, Gambill 1 1-2 3, Robertson 0 0-0 0, Mejean 0 0-0 0, Inman 0 0-0 0. Totals: 19 12-21 53.

Clay City 20191418-71
Union (Dugger)4121126-53

3-point field goals- CC 3 (Denker 2, Smith 1) UN 3 (Talpas 3. Team Fouls- CC 16 UN 14.

Jv game -- Clay City won