Times Staff Reporter
CLAY CITY -- On Tuesday night, Clay City lost a tough one to Linton, in a close game, 64-61.
The scoring started early for Linton as the Miners jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game.
The Miners had pushed its early lead to 12-4 at the three-minute mark when Eels coach Vance Edmonson called a timeout to settle his team down.
The timeout seemed to work as Clay City responded with four quick points to cut the lead in half, 12-8.
Brylan Jones led the way for the Eels in the first quarter, scoring four of his team-high 20 points.
In the second quarter, both teams slowed down offensively and it became more of a defensive game.
With 2:44 to go in the second quarter, and the Eels trailing 20-19, Jones' connected on a three, which gave his team its first lead of the game, 22-20.
However, the Miners ended the quarter on a 5-0 run and took a 25-20 lead into the lockers.
By the end of the third quarter the Eels trailed 38-36.
In the fourth quarter, the offenses exploded with 25 from the Eels and 26 from the Miners.
Cesinger did a lot of the work scoring nine of his 16 in the quarter.
With around six minutes to play, and the Eels trailing 41-38, Cesinger connected on a shot plus a foul, but was unable to convert the free throw.
With a little over five minutes to play, on the Miners next offensive trip, Dess Fougerousse responded with an and-1 of his one, and got the free throw, which pushed their lead to 44-40.
But the and-1's weren't done yet.
With 4:35 to go, Jones got three the old fashioned way cutting the Miners' lead to 44-43.
With less than four minutes to play, the Miners' Jackson Bohnert capitalized off a missed one-and-one, with a put back to push their lead to 46-43.
Clay City responded on its next series with a basket from Tyler Allen, cutting the lead to 46-45.
Clay City stopped the Miners on their next offensive series, and got three from Cesinger on three-point play, which gave the Eels a 48-46 lead with 3:15 to play.
The Eels' got another big basket from Allen at the three-minute mark, which gave Clay City a 50-49 lead.
However, Fougerousse gave the Miners a 52-50 lead with two-minutes to play.
The Eels failed to score on its next offensive series, and the Miners' Blake Eaton added two to give his team a 54-50 lead with 1:30 to play.
The Eels continued to battle, bringing the game as close to 58-56 with less than thirty seconds to play, but the Miners were able to hit free throws and ultimately win the game 64-61.
After the tough loss, Edmondson acknowledged his teams' effort.
"I thought (Brylan) Jones played well," Edmondson said. "Him and Blake (Cesinger) did a good job of attacking the basket tonight, (but) we just didn't do a very good job of penetrating that zone at times. We battled to the end, I'm proud of our guys for that."
Edmonsdson said his offensive strategy in the first half was to work the Miners' zone, and in the second half he let his team run more.
"We wanted to spread their big guys out and let Blake (Cesinger) do some things inside with Brylan (Jones) and we got a few looks like that," Edmondson said. "But then we talked in the second half about anytime there was a miss or even on a make that we wanted to try to get it out (and) push and try to get some transition baskets before they set up in that zone.
"We did a better job of that and that kind of got us back in it, we even had the lead a couple times, then we made a couple bonehead plays on defense."
Edmondson said the Miners' size inside presented some problems for his team.
"They're just so big, not only are they tall but they have some muscle on them too," Edmondson said, "and that presents a problem for us, (but) I'm proud of our guys for the way we played tonight, and the way we battled to the end."
With Northview coming up on Friday Edmondson said he would work on defense in practice.
"We have to work on our defense, we have to get back to basics tomorrow and Thursday at practice," Edmondson said. "We have to be able to defend better."
At Clay City
Boys Varsity Basketball
Jackson 0 0-0 0, Brown 0 0-0 0, Dyer 2 6-8 10, Woodward 0 0-0 0, Karazsia 3 8-8 14, Kaiser 1 0-0 3, Fulk 0 0-0 0, Flater 0 0-0 0, Fougerousse 8 3-4 21, Bohnert 2 0-0 4, Rupska 0 0-0 0, Eaton 6 0-0 12, Riddell 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 17-20 64.
Clay City (61)
Denker 4 0-0 11, Bigger 0 0-0 0, Phillips 0 0-0 0, Rogers 0 0-0 0, Cesinger 6 2-4 16, Smith 0 0-0 0, Tiefel 4 0-1 8, Buell 0 0-0 0, Rhodes 0 0-0 0, Jones 8 3-3 20, Allen 3 0-0 6, Harbour 0 0-0 0. Totals: 25 5-8 61.
3-point field goals- LN 3 (Fougerousse 2, Kaiser 10, CC 6 (Denker 3, Cesinger 2, Jones 1). Team fouls- LN 13, CC 15.