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December 22, 2013

H.S. BOYS' BASKETBALL: Generals solve Jeff mystery, dominate Devils 63-45

Assistant coaches play key role in No. 7 Clarksville's triumph

CLARKSVILLE — The Jeffersonville boys’ basketball team was something of a mystery to Clarksville coach Jason Connell.

Lucky for him his assistants seemed to have the Red Devils pretty well figured out by the time they hit the floor on Saturday night for a battle of undefeated and ranked teams, not to mention defending sectional champions.

Clarksville, behind a defensive game plan devised by Connell’s lieutenants, slowed down Jeffersonville’s high-octane attack and used a barrage of first-half 3-pointers in the process of gaining a commanding 63-45 victory at home in a game that saw three separate delays.

The 3-1 Red Devils, who are ranked ninth in Class 4A, had scored 70 points or better in each of their first three games. Connell deflected all praise to his Class 2A seventh-rated Generals (5-0) and assistants Scott Schermerhorn, Joe Estes and Brian McEwen for the gritty effort against Jeffersonville.

“I’ve got to give a lot of credit to my assistants because I did not have a chance to go see Jeff play. They did – twice,” Connell explained. “They came up with a good scouting report for me. I listened to them, and they were perfect with what they said.”

Perfect could also describe Clarksville’s shooting in the early going, especially that of Calvin McEwen. The senior guard buried three 3-pointers in the first quarter, and the Generals totaled six trifectas in the opening period alone in building leads of 11-0 and 25-13.

“Shooting is all rhythm and all this week of preparation I was feeling in a rhythm,” said McEwen, who capped the first quarter with a buzzer-beating 3. “Shooting is also about confidence and when you have confidence in your teammates, it really elevates the confidence in yourself. That’s all it was – rhythm and confidence.”

McEwen said only recently his shooting touch has felt back to its normal fluid state. He began the game by swishing a pair of 3-pointers from the top of the key. Senior guards Andrew Jones, Marquise Parrish and D.J. Coleman also knocked down shots from long range to complement McEwen.

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