CLARKSVILLE 67, EASTERN 45
The Generals couldn’t point to any similar struggles as they took care of business early against the Musketeers (5-16).
They opened the game with a 14-2 run over the first four minutes and 30 seconds with a short jumper by guard D.J. Coleman that capped the run for Clarksville.
The Generals led 23-11 at the end of the first quarter and 39-20 at the half.
While senior guards Calvin McEwen and Andrew Jones were their usual productive selves, the Generals also received great play from reserve guard Evan Guenthner, who was 3 of 3 from beyond the 3-point line in the first half.
“Calvin and Andrew, everyone knows they’re going to get theirs,” Connell said. “D.J., Evan, Marquise [Parrish] — they’re the key. If we’re able to get them rolling, we become a very difficult team to beat. Those guys have to step up and hit some shots, and defend well for us.”
Coleman led the Generals with 20 points and 6 rebounds. He was one of four Clarksville players with three 3-pointers — McEwen, Jones and Guenthner being the others.
Defensively, Clarksville came up with 11 steals and forced 18 Eastern turnovers, something Connell made note of after the game.
“Our identify has been — what kind of defensive team can we be?” he said. “I thought we stayed in a good stance for the most part, played with our hands on, instead of our on people, and slid our feet pretty well. We stayed active.”
Jones scored 17 points for the Generals. McEwen added 14.
Eastern junior Alex Doebler led the Musketeers with 17 points. Seniors Dalton Jackson, Jode Olesh, Jack Hayes, Dakota Snider, Jacob Timmons and Dakota Jackson played their last game for the Musketeers on Friday.
Doebler will help lead the core of Musketeers next year, and underclassmen Jessie Murphy, Grant Newcomb and Alex Hobson
will look to contribute.
“We were inconsistent all season and that something we need to work on going towards next season,” Eastern coach Scott Newcomb said. “We have to be willing to work hard. Games are fun. What’s not so fun is going into the weight room and getting stronger when no one’s watching you. We’ve got to make that committment.”