Times Sports Editor
SWITZ CITY -- Playing their sixth games in less than two weeks, the Clay City Eels and Linton Miners finished their second tournament of action going in different directions on Saturday afternoon.
The Miners finished up the Greene County Tourney with a pair of convincing wins to finish in fifth-place with a 55-31 victory over the Eels, who lost two-of-three in the tourney.
Clay City coach Vance Edmondson was disappointed enough with his team's effort that the starters spent the fourth quarter on the bench as the reserves played the entire final period of action.
"Linton came ready to play and we didn't show up," Edmondson said. "You aren't going to beat anybody, especially a good team like Linton, when you don't show up. I know it's tough to play at 11 a.m., but you can't put yourself in that position to begin with and then if you are there you have to be mentally tough enough to play in those games and we weren't today."
Linton broke free early in the first quarter behind the frontcourt duo of 6'5 Dess Fougerousse and 6'7 Austin Karazsia. The Miners went to the two early and often on a variety of lob passes to the post and when the junior pair would miss, they would more often than not get an offensive rebound and score off the putback.
Fougerousse had six points in the first quarter and the pair really got going in the second period with a combined 13 points as Linton pulled out to a 32-19 advantage.
Making any potential comeback even more unlikely was the Eels' shooting woes that continued for the third straight game at White River Valley High School.
After hitting 26-percent from the field in a two overtime win on Thursday night, the Eels hit only 11-of-45 (24-percent) on Saturday, including a chilly 1-of-16 from 3-point range.
"Yeah I may have to fight to get the sectional moved here in a couple of months," Edmondson joked. "We're good shooters and we saw that last week in the Graber (Tourney). We just struggled this week and I think we just had an emotional let down after losing that first game on Wednesday," Edmondson said. "I think too many people thought we'd be in the championship game. Maybe the boys read in to it too much and when that didn't happen, we just hung our heads and felt sorry for ourselves. So we've got to come back Monday and be ready to play."
The Miners made sure there would be no rally for Clay City in the second half as they scored the first five points of the half and shot 6-of-8 from the field and Clay City hit just 3-of-15. Linton pulled away to a 49-27 lead at the third stop after finishing the quarter with a 3-pointer and a two-point field goal from Koye Kaiser and a bucket by Karazsia, who had 15 points and six rebounds. Fougerousse added 15 points and nine rebounds with Blake Eaton tallying 10 points and seven rebounds for the Miners, who had a 35-23 edge in rebounding.
The Eels were led by eight points from Blake Cesinger and six from Brylan Jones.
Clay City (8-3 overall) is back in action on Friday at Eastern (Greene) at 6:30 p.m.
Greene County Tourney
Clay City (31)
Denker 1-9 0-0 3, Cesinger 3-9 2-2 8, Tiefel 2-5 0-1 4, Jones 2-7 2-2 6, Allen 1-2 2-4 4, Smith 1-5 1-1 3, Rhodes 0-3 0-1 0, Harbour 1-2 0-0 2, Bigger 0-1 0-0 0, Phillips 0-1 0-0 0, Buell 0-1 1-2 1. Totals: 11-45 8-13 31.
Dyar 3-4 0-0 6, Karazsia 7-8 1-3 15, Kaiser 2-8 0-0 6, Fougerousse 7-17 1-2 15, Eaton 4-4 2-3 10, Bohnert 0-0 1-2 1, Woodward 0-1 0-0 0, Flater 0-0 0-0 0, Riddell 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 0-0 0-0 0, Fulk 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 24-43 5-10 55.
3-point fieldgoals -- CC 1-16 (Denker 1-7, Bigger 0-1, Smith 0-4, Tiefel 0-2, Rhodes 0-2), Ln 2-9 (Kaiser 2-7, Woodward 0-1, Dyar). Total Rebounds -- CC 23 (Cesinger 5), Ln 35 (Fougerousse 9, Eaton 7, Karazsia 6). Total Fouls -- CC 11, Ln 11. Turnovers -- CC 8, Ln 15.