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• Generals improve to 3-0 in MSC: After beating Charlestown on Friday night, Clarksville made it a Mid-Southern Conference weekend sweep with a 48-36 victory over Eastern on Saturday.
The Generals sit atop the league standings at 3-0.
“That’s what you hope for, what you work for,” Clarksville coach Jason Connell said. “Especially to go on the road the night after a conference game and win back-to-back, you can’t ask for more than that.”
Calvin McEwen scored 24 points to lead the Generals. McEwen knocked down all five of Clarksville’s 3-point shots.
“He’s just emerging as a leader for our basketball team,” Connell said. “He’s starting to be more vocal. He hit some big shots tonight. They went into a zone and he knocked down some open 3s and that’s what we needed him to do.”
The unbeaten and fifth-ranked Generals got off to a slow start and trailed 10-8 after one quarter. They outscored the Musketeers 13-5 in the second quarter to take the lead for good.
“Eastern’s game plan was to try to slow the game down,” Connell said. “We were very patient on offense. The game was slow from start to finish. It was a hard game on the road.”
Aidan McEwen joined his younger brother in double-figures with 13 points.
NEXT: Clarksville (5-0, 3-0 MSC) at Jeffersonville, Dec. 21.
• Braves take control of SAC: Borden easily won Southern Athletic Conference games on consecutive nights, including Saturday’s 84-47 victory at Crothersville, to take command of the conference.
The Braves are 3-0 in league play after beating South Central on Friday and the Tigers on Saturday. They need only one win to earn at least a share of the conference title and two to win it outright. They host New Washington (Jan. 4) and Henryville (Jan. 19) in their final two league games.
The Mustangs are Hornets are a combined 1-7.
“We’ve done our part up to this point,” Braves coach Doc Nash said. “We just have to keep getting better. Hopefully, we’ll be playing our best basketball in March.”
On Saturday, Borden jumped out to a 46-21 and led 70-34 after three quarters.
“Our kids played hard and got out to an early lead,” Nash said.
Jalen McCoy led a balanced Braves’ attack with 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Josh Vollstedt added 15, Michael Lynch scored 10, Cody Bachman finished with nine and Garrett Vick and Josh Ruedinger chipped in with eight apiece. Billy Kirchgessner also had seven and Zach Gilliam six for the Braves.
“I’m proud of our efforts this weekend,” Nash said. “We’ll take a day off an get back at it on Monday.”
Crothersville’s Gene Hodge led all scorers with 26 points.
NEXT: Borden (5-0, 3-0 SAC) at Eastern, Washington County Invitational semifinal, Friday at approximately 7:30 p.m.
• Pioneers win road opener: After three wins at home, Providence went on the road Friday at Scottsburg.
The result was the same — a blowout win. This time, the Pioneers whipped Scottsburg, 70-41.
The two sides were even at 7-apiece when the Pioneers went on a 16-0 run that spanned the late first and early second.
“We didn’t panic,” Providence coach Lou Lefevre said. “We kept playing. That was good to see.”
Dalton Duley led the Pioneers with 16 points, including 4-of-5 from behind the 3-point stripe. Fellow-big men Ryan Pickerell (14) and George Knott (13) combined for 27 points.
However, once again Lefevre heaped most of his praise on guards Nano Grantz and Cory Cahalan. Grantz and Cahalan — the two least experienced players in the Providence lineup — only combined for 11 points, but Lefevre likes how they’re running the team. Cahalan had 10 assists.
“They were terrific tonight,” Lefevre said. “They haven’t been scoring a lot, but we’ve gotten good guard play from them. Our big guys do the lion’s share of the scoring, but our guards are handling the ball and enabling [the big men] to get the ball where they need it to score. I’m very proud of those two kids.”
Nick Hayes added 10 points for the Pioneers, who are 4-0 for the third straight season.
Junior transfer Malik Gross led Scottsburg with 12 points.
NEXT: Providence (4-0) at Charlestown, Friday.