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March 9, 2014

CLASS 2A PAOLI SECTIONAL: Generals win back-to-back crowns

Clarksville takes big early lead, holds on for 41-32 win over crosstown rival



"We didn't play badly in the first half. We played offense the way we wanted to play offense," Providence coach Lou Lefevre said. "We got lots of good chances, but we got the ball underneath the basket a half-dozen times with the chance to finish and we couldn't. Sometimes it's a game of makes and misses. If we would have shot in terms of our ability, it could have been 21-16, 21-17 going into the half."

Clarksville extended the lead throughout the third quarter and led by 17 at 29-12 after Coleman hit a short jumper in the lane with two minutes remaining. 

The Providence comeback commenced after Coleman's jumper. Juston Betz and Brock Hayden hit back-to-back 3s to get things started for the Pioneers, who trailed 29-18 heading into the fourth quarter. 

Providence ratcheted up its defensive intensity to start the fourth quarter, forcing Clarksville into three turnovers within the first two minutes. Consecutive Providence scores by center Nick Hayes made the score 31-24 with 4:38 remaining. 

Pioneer guard Grant Goad sank a 3-pointer with 2:05 remaining in the contest that brought Providence to within six at 35-29. Goad got another good look from 3-point range 30 seconds later but missed the mark, and Coleman got the rebound. His two free throws with 1:15 remaining gave Clarksville a 37-29 lead, and Providence threat was essentially over. 

Inside the final 2 minutes and 32 seconds of the contest, Coleman, who finished with 11 points, sank 6 of 6 free throws.

"That's what you want your seniors to do — make free throws down the stretch," Clarksville coach Jason Connell said. "You know, it was the same kind of game we played against them in January. Defensively, we were great. I didn't know if we'd hold them to seven points. We can score, but defensively, that is what will determine how far we're able to advance." 

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