It was war in the Leopard gym Friday night as the Dark Horse boys varsity came to Lakewood for a non-conference game of bragging rights. It was a battle all the way to the end, and Clinton came out on top this time with a final score of 59-54.
The bleachers were jammed packed with fans from both teams, so emotions were running high.
The game was heated right from the beginning, and at the half the Leopards were leading 27-24. Both teams fought hard to get ahead.
In the final minutes of the 4th quarter fans on both sides the gym were on their feet as Clinton gained a slight lead. Finally, the Dark Horses pulled ahead by 5 with only seconds left.
An elated Clinton head coach Randy Jordan was happy with the win.
“This was a great high school basketball game. It was exactly what we thought it was going to be: a great backyard rivalry. I’m very proud of my players and the way that they responded when we were down. I take my hat off to Lakewood, as those kids played their hearts out. They are very well coached.”
For the Dark Horses, J.C. Evans scored 14 points; Michael Boykin and Thaxter Spruill each scored 10 points; Rayquan Faison and Kenjuan Morrisey scored 6 points each; Jalen Banks, 5 points; O.J. Jones had 3 points; Jaalen Best and Jerimian Pope, 2 points each.
Lakewood’s head coach, Sylvester Pittman was pleased with the way his team played despite the loss.
“I’m really proud of my kids for the effort. We made some mistakes that cost us the ball game, but I couldn’t have asked for a better ball game. I’m very proud, and congratulations to Coach Jordan. His players adjusted well and they live to see another day,” Coach Pittman stated.
For the Leopards, Deshaun Wilson scored 13 points; Michael Smith, 10 points; Tirek James, 8 points; Willie Herring, 6 points; Maurice Boone, 3 points; Deontre Newkirck, 2 points; and Austin Tanner with 2 points for the Leopards.
Clinton, who is still undefeated this season, will travel to 4A Cape Fear next Tuesday and the Leopards will host Union.