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March 8, 2013

SOUTHRIDGE REGIONAL PREVIEW: Generals preparing to face tall Linton squad

CLARKSVILLE — Fresh off the glow of winning its first sectional championship in 27 years, the Clarksville boys’ basketball team has gotten back to business this week leading up to its regional matchup Saturday in the Class 2A Southridge Regional against the Linton-Stockton Miners.

“To be honest with you, it’s been a weird feeling,” Clarksville coach Jason Connell said. “Winning the sectional was a great thing. But the kids aren’t satisfied. They’re still hungry. But it’s been 27 years [Clarksville last won a sectional in 1986]. I want these kids to enjoy it a little bit. It’s been a long time and the community deserves a chance to embrace this and enjoy it as well.”

The Class 2A No. 8 Generals, who defeated Paoli last Saturday in the Class 2A Crawford County Sectional to advance to Huntingburg, will face a tall order in Class 2A No. 10 Linton’s front line of junior center Austin Karazia and senior forward Dess Fougerousse.

Karazia, a 6-foot-8 junior, averages more than 20 points and eight rebounds a game. He was a first-team all-state performer at quarterback for the Miners  during the fall football campaign. And Fougerousse is Linton’s all-time leading scorer going into Saturday’s game against the Generals and matches Karazia’s output with 20 points and eight rebounds a game as well.

“They’ve got good size,” Connell said. “We’ve kind of faced that in the last week or two, and the way you have to counteract that is with speed. That’s what we’ve done all year. We’ve played 23 games — we’re not going to go doing anything different — we’ll keep playing to our strengths.”

Senior forward Aidan McEwen agreed with that assessment. In winning games against Class 2A No. 3 Providence and Paoli, the Generals faced off against teams with much more sizable front lines.

But neither of those teams displayed the quickness or tenacity the Generals did in capturing the sectional crown. Junior guards Calvin McEwen and Andrew Jones were dominant in the three wins during the sectional, averaging 13 and 14 points per game, respectively. Clarksville’s tallest front-line players are Aidan McEwen and senior foward Austin Johnson, who both stand 6-2.

“I know they might be the biggest team we’ve faced, but we’ve faced some big teams,” said Aidan McEwen, who averages 13 points and seven rebounds a game for the Clarksville. “We’re going to have to rely on our quickness. That’s our advantage on them.”

Connell said the Generals haven’t extensively evaluated No. 13 Perry Central (21-3) or Switzerland County (18-4), who play in the first game at 11 a.m. EST. Clarksville faces off against the Miners (21-3) in the second game at about 1 p.m.

“We’ve looked at them both a little bit,” he said. “But you can’t play the second game unless you win the first.”

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