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March 10, 2014

HARDWOOD AFTERMATH: Revisiting Dragons’ unforgettable run

Hibbard comes through for New Albany

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> SOUTHERN INDIANA — SPECIAL RUN

Winning a sectional is special no matter how it happens. When nearly the whole team contributes to the cause, it becomes even more memorable.

Everyone knows that second-ranked Clarksville features two of the best players in Southern Indiana in Andrew Jones and Calvin McEwen. And while that duo played well in the tournament, it was players like Marquise Parrish, Evan Guenthner, Ahem Yennes, Wyatt Kissel and D.J. Coleman who stepped up to held the Generals win their second straight sectional title.

“We had seven, eight guys that did some big things for us,” Clarksville coach Jason Connell said. “Everybody played a big, big part in winning the sectional.”

Parrish lifted the Generals past No. 8 Crawford County in the first round and Guenthner had a big game in the semifinal win over Eastern. Kissel, who missed much of the season after sustaining a knee injury during football season, was all over the boards in the final two games.

“He’s finally healthy,” Connell said. “He’s not even in real basketball shape yet.”

Then there’s the case of Coleman. The senior played sparingly a year ago but worked to become the Generals’ top rebounder and defender and the team’s No. 3 scoring option.

“He was really focused [during the sectional],” Connell said of Coleman. “The main thing with D.J. is he has worked so hard in the weight room. He is a strong kid. I think that helped his confidence. He’s been our leading rebounder and, when called on to make big shots, he has. He’s played a vital, vital role. He’s done a lot of things to help us win a lot of games this year.”

— G.M.

JONES SHOULD BE FINE

Jones left Saturday’s championship game late with a hip injury. He went into the lockerroom with the team trainer and didn’t return to the game.

Jones apparently landed on the hip late in Saturday’s 41-32 win over Providence and was diagnosed with a bruised AC joint. He was limited in practice Monday but Connell said he should be perfectly healthy for Saturday morning’s regional semifinal against Mid-Southern Conference rival Austin.

— G.M.

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