The 2013 Dark Horse Classic gave the fans a taste of holiday basketball, with the Clinton varsity boys taking down Kestrel Heights, 87-73, in the final game on Saturday.
The first game of the evening was between Northern Durham and North Lenoir. N.D. took out Lenoir, 86-50.
Two Dark Horses were honored with the top tournament award.
J.C. Evans took home the Most Outstanding Player award, and Thaxter Spruill was given the 2013 Holiday Classic Tournament All-Classic Team.
Clinton came out slow in the first half and Kestrel led through halftime with a first quarter score of 19-16 and 36-32 at intermission.
After half time the Dark Horse’s came out and powered through the defenses of Kestrel Heights winning the quarter with a score of 60-53. Clinton kept their lead and was able to finish the game with a final score of 87-73.
With just 1:23 left in the game, the clock was stopped when Dark Horse Michael Boykin took a spill under the goal and had to be helped off the court. He was taken to the emergency room with a knee injury.
Clinton head coach Randy Jordan was contacted after the game and said the injury didn’t appear to be so serious that it will keep Boykin from finishing the season.
As for comments on the game, Coach Jordan called the team’s first half play “sleepwalking.”
“We had a nice talk at halftime, and we’ll just leave it at that. We woke up in the second half and played Dark Horse basketball. We were a dominate team in the 2nd half in both sides of the court. Thaxter Spruill did a great job as a post for this game, and we got contributions from so many guys, like Kenjuan Morrisey and Wyamn Faison. I’d hate to think where we’d be without J.C. Evans, because he really was the most outstanding player in this Classic Tournament.”
“We were able to pick up the tempo defensively which is what we built this program on. So it’s a good win for us and a good two days for us. It taught us a lot about ourselves,” he continued.
Leading the scoring for the Horses was Thaxter Spruill with 17 points; Jeremiah Pope, 16 points; JC Evans had 14 points; Kenjuan Morrisey, 14 points; O.J. Jones, 7 points; Jalen Banks, 6 points; Rayquan Faison had 4 points; Josiah Pope with 3 points; Wyman Faison, 2 points; Micheal Boykin, 2 points; Juquan McLean, 2 points.
The Dark Horses start conference play again on Friday as they travel into Raider Country.