By GREG MENGELT
If Clarksville’s backcourt isn’t the best in the state, it’s a very short list in front of Andrew Jones and Calvin McEwen.
Jones followed up McEwen’s 42 points in last Friday’s overtime win over Corydon Central with 34 of his own in Saturday’s 103-37 victory over Southwestern.
He was just getting started.
In Monday’s 83-70 Mid-Southern Conference victory over Scottsburg at Meyer Gymnasium, Jones scored a career-high 45 points and broke his own school record with 10 3-pointers as the Class 2A No. 2 Generals improved to 13-1 overall and 5-0 in conference.
“My teammates got me the ball and luckily I was hitting shots,” the senior guard said.
“Andrew was in a zone tonight,” Clarksville coach Jason Connell said. “When he catches and shoots, that’s what he does well. He’s unstoppable when he does that.”
After missing his first three shots and his first two 3-point attempts, Jones went 16-of-25 from the floor and 10-of-15 from behind the 3-point arc. He also made all three of his free throws.
Despite four 3s in the second quarter, the Generals trailed 41-38 after the opening half. Jones got Clarksville within a point with a drive on the second half’s opening possession. Marquise Parrish then gave Clarksville the lead with 7:20 left in the third on an assist from McEwen.
Jones converted a three-point play to cap an 7-0 run to start the half. After a Christian Barrett bucket got the Warriors within 47-45, Jones hit back-to-back 3s to push the General advantage to 53-45.
Following a Christian Evans 3 that got Scottsburg (5-8, 3-4 MSC) within five, Jones hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions again and Clarksville had its biggest lead at 59-48.
The Warriors got within 65-59 early in the fourth quarter, but Jones answered with his 10th trey of the night.
Scottsburg crept within 74-65 on an Evans 3 with 3:28 remaining. But Jones put an exclamation point on his night with a one-handed dunk to give the Generals a 76-65 lead with 2:39 to play.
Jones got plenty of help on the night. McEwen had 12 points, a team-high seven rebounds and a co-team-high six assists. Parrish had 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting along with three steals, and Clarksville’s D.J. Coleman had six points and six assists. Five of his assists came in the second half.
Clarksville had 15 assists on 31 buckets and made 31 of its 53 field-goal attempts in its seventh straight win.
“The good thing about our team is anybody can score on any night,” Jones said. “If we keep playing like we’re playing, we’re going to be tough to beat this year.”
“We can score. We got firepower,” Connell said. “We have three or four guys who can score in double figures every night, especially Calvin and Andrew.”
The Generals also went without a turnover in the second half, finishing with just five errors in the contest.
“That’s not bad,” Connell said. “Can’t complain about that.”
It wasn’t all good news for the Generals. Their defense was absent on Monday, particularly in the first half. For the contest, Scottsburg hit 26 of its 42 attempts. The Warriors were also 11-of-12 from the line and 7-of-11 from behind the 3-point stripe.
“I’m not worried about our offense, but our defense isn’t very good,” Connell said.
Scottsburg took an early 7-2 lead behind four points from Kirk Hardin, who had a team-best 22 points on the night. The Warriors still led 13-10 late in the quarter when Jones started to catch fire. His 3 tied the game and a Parrish layup gave Clarksville its first lead at 15-13 with 1:30 left in the first.
Evans, who finished with 21 points for Scottsburg, hit a bank shot to tie the score after one quarter.
Clarksville led 23-22 at the 6:31 mark of the second after a Jones 3. But Scottsburg went on a 13-4 run to take a 35-27 lead — its biggest of the night. The rally was sparked by several fast-break layups when Warriors got behind the Clarksville defense.
“I think it was just being lazy and lackadaisical,” Jones admitted. “We came out and expected to just blow Scottsburg out of the water, but Scottsburg played good and gave us a game.”
“We weren’t getting back,” Connell said. “And we did not defense screens very well at all. We were very lazy and I don’t know why.”
Clarksville got within 41-38 at the half on a McEwen bank shot before outscoring the Warriors 27-16 in the pivotal third.
After three games in four days, Clarksville is off until Friday when it will host MSC rival Brownstown Central (11-2, 5-1). The Braves are ranked seventh in Class 3A after Saturday’s double-overtime loss to Corydon Central.
CLARKSVILLE 83, SCOTTSBURG 70
Clarksville 15 23 27 18—83
Scottsburg 15 26 16 13—70
Clarksville (13-1, 5-0 MSC): Calvin McEwen 3-9 6-9 12, Keigan Fetz 0-0 0-0 0, D.J. Coleman 2-6 2-4 6, Nick Jones 2-2 0-0 4, Marquise Parrish 6-8 0-3 12, Ahem Yennes 1-1 0-0 2, Andrew Jones 16-25 3-3 45, Wyatt Kissell 1-2 0-0 2. Team 31-53 11-19 83.
Scottsburg (5-8, 3-4): Michael Barber 0-0 0-0 0, Mitchell Meagher 3-4 0-1 8, Brandon Boswell 1-1 0-0 2, Seth Helton 2-5 0-0 5, Christian Evans 7-13 3-4 21, Braxton Soloe 3-4 0-0 6, Kirk Hardin 8-11 6-6 22, Christian Barrett 2-4 2-2 6, A.J. Hunger 0-0 0-0 0. Team 26-42 11-12 70.
3-point field goals: Clarksville 10-18 (Jones 10-15, Coleman 0-2, McEwen 0-1); Scottsburg 7-11 (Evans 4-8, Meagher 2-2, Helton 1-1).
Rebounds: Clarksville 25 (McEwen 6); Scottsburg 24 (Evans 8).
Assists: Clarksville 15 (McEwen 6, Coleman 6); Scottsburg 8 (Boswell 3).
Steals: Clarksville 6 (Parrish 3); Scottsburg 1 (Hunger).
Blocked shots: Clarksville 3 (Parrish, Yennes, A. Jones); Scottsburg 1 (Evans).
Turnovers: Clarksville 5, Scottsburg 14.
Team fouls: Clarksville 13, Scottsburg 21.
Fouled out: none.
Technical fouls: none.