News and Tribune

February 28, 2014

H.S. BOYS' BASKETBALL: Generals capture second MSC title in three years

Jones, McEwen combine for 45 in Clarksville's 56-53 win over Creek

By KEVIN HARRIS
kevin.harris@newsandtribune.com

CLARKSVILLE — All season, Clarksville dynamic guard duo of Calvin McEwen and Andrew Jones has made plays to help the Generals to one of their best campaigns in program history.

On Thursday night at the Clarksville High School gymnasium, the seniors came through again on Senior Night to lead the Generals to a share of the Mid-Southern Conference championship.

McEwen and Jones combined for 45 points to lead Class 2A No. 2 Clarksville to a 56-53 victory over Silver Creek in a make-up contest. The pair of Generals scored 14 of their team’s 16 fourth-quarter points as Clarksville (18-2, 8-1 MSC) clinched a share the MSC title with Class 3A No. 4 Corydon Central and Class 3A No. 8 Brownstown Central.

It is the Generals’ second conference championship in three years.

“Conference championships are hard to win. We’ve won it two out of the last three years, so I’m very proud of these guys,” Clarksville coach Jason Connell said. “Nobody thought we could win the conference this year. We proved a lot of people wrong.”

Most of the game, it looked like the Dragons (12-7, 6-3) were going to spoil Clarksville’s special night.

Silver Creek led 10-7 after the first quarter and 23-21 at halftime. The Dragons caught fire at the start of the third quarter. They bolted out to their biggest lead of the game at 37-26 halfway through the stanza thanks to a 14-5 run to start the second half. Silver Creek led by six at the end of the third at 46-40.

The Generals got their deficit down to 49-48 with about four minutes left in regulation after an 8-3 run. Clarksville senior Marquise Parrish began the spurt with a putback basket, followed by two Jones free throws.

After a layup by Silver Creek senior Zach Davidson, McEwen knocked down a pair of buckets to get the Generals within a point.

The 6-foot senior converted a steal into a layup to cut the Dragons’ advantage down to 48-46. After Silver Creek’s Sam Garr hit 1-of-2 free throws, McEwen laid in another basket.

Davidson hit the Dragons’ last field goal of the contest with 3:44 remaining by banking in on 5-foot shot off an assist from teammate Jake Steele.

McEwen then tied the score at 51 when he swished a 3-pointer at the 3:13 mark.

Following a McEwen misfire, Jones stole a rebound from the Dragons, dribbled out to left corner and nailed a 3 to put the Generals up 54-51 with 2:25 left. It was Clarksville’s first lead of the contest.

Silver Creek didn’t surrender.

After Jones clanked back-to-back front ends of 1-and-1 situations, Davidson converted both ends of a 1-and-1 with 55.1 seconds left to cut the Generals’ lead to 54-53.

Jones missed a wide-open layup with 21 seconds remaining and Silver Creek got the rebound and called its final timeout.

When play resumed, Dragons’ senior guard Shae Durham drove toward the basket and drew a foul on Clarksville junior Wyatt Kissel with 8.3 ticks left. Durham misfired on both free throws.

“We wanted our guys to take it to the basket. We got the opportunity that what we wanted,” Silver Creek coach Brandon Hoffman said. “Ten times out of 10, I would put Shae Durham in that situation.”

Jones grabbed the rebound on Durham’s second miss, and proceeded to make both ends of a 1-and-1 to give the Generals a three-point lead with five seconds left.

Silver Creek’s Gabe Bauer took an off-balance 3 from near the top of the key, but could not convert at the final buzzer.

Jones wound up with a game-high 25 points, while McEwen had 20 points and five assists.

“We made the plays that seniors make. Calvin and Jones made plays tonight for us,” Connell said. “You’ve got to find ways to win and we did.”

Nick Tinsley paced the Dragons with 17 points, followed by Bauer with 13. Davidson had 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Silver Creek sophomore Christian Reed sat out Thursday’s game because of an ankle injury he suffered in Tuesday’s 55-30 loss to Brownstown. Hoffman ruled Reed out for tonight’s Senior Night home game against 2-16 Seymour. The Dragons’ boss hopes the 6-6 center will be ready for next Wednesday’s first-round game of the Class 3A North Harrison Sectional against Class 3A No. 10 Madison (14-4).

“I was really proud of the way we played the whole game without our go-to guy,” Hoffman said. “We played with kind of a patched-up lineup. I was extremely proud of our guys. Our guys showed that we’re going to be a tough team to beat at the sectional.”

Clarksville will face Class 2A No. 8 Crawford County (17-3) in the first round of the Class 2A Paoli Sectional at about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.



CLARKSVILLE 56, SILVER CREEK 53

Silver Creek    10 13 23  7—53

Clarksville     7 14 19 16—56

    Silver Creek (12-7, 6-3 MSC): Nick Tinsley 5-6 6-7 17, Gabe Bauer 6-8 0-1 13, Zach Davidson 4-10 2-2 10, Shae Durham 3-4 0-2 8, Jake Steele 2-7 0-0 4, Sam Garr 0-2 1-2 1, Cameron Cook 0-0 0-0 0, Brooks Howell 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 20-39 9-14 53.

    Clarksville (18-2, 8-1): Andrew Jones 7-15 7-9 25, Calvin McEwen 8-12 2-3 20, Nick Jones 2-5 0-0 4, Marquise Parrish 2-7 0-0 4, D.J. Coleman 1-4 0-0 3, Evan Guenthner 0-1 0-0 0, Bryce Hale 0-0 0-0 0, Wyatt Kissel 0-0 0-0 0, Aham Yennes 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-44 9-12 56.

    3-point field goals: Silver Creek 4-10 (Durham 2-4, Bauer 1-1, Tinsley 1-2, Howell 0-1, Davidson 0-2); Clarksville 7-10 (A. Jones 4-6, McEwen 2-2, Coleman 1-2).

    Rebounds: Silver Creek 31 (Davidson 9); Clarksville 22 (Parrish 7).

    Assists: Silver Creek 6 (Bauer, Steele, Tinsley 2); Clarksville 7 (McEwen 5).

    Steals: Silver Creek 4 (Steele 3); Clarksville 7 (McEwen 3).

    Blocked shots: Silver Creek 2 (Garr, Steele 1); Clarksville 2 (Coleman, A. Jones 1).

    Turnovers: Silver Creek 11, Clarksville 7.

    Total fouls: Silver Creek 16, Clarksville 16.

    Fouled out: Silver Creek — Steele; Clarksville — Coleman.

    Technical fouls: Silver Creek — Howell; Clarksville — Parrish.

    Junior varsity: Silver Creek 52, Clarksville 44.