The Clinton Dark Horses hosted the West Bladen Knights on Friday night in what turned out to be a comeback win for the Knights. The Dark Horses led for the majority of the game, but were taken down in the last quarter, and the Knights grabbed the win, 70-65.
West Bladen scored the first 2 points of the game when the first quarter started. However, the game was soon turned over to the Dark Horses who scored 26 points in an attempt widen the gap between the two teams. The quarter ended with a good lead for Clinton, 14-26.
During the second quarter it seemed as if the Dark Horses had a good momentum as they continued to find the net and keep a nice lead on the Knights. As the quarter continued West Bladen seemed to slowly narrow the gap for the lead and managed to come within 7 points by the end of the second, 28-35.
After the half, the Dark Horses tried to come out and put up a good defense against the Knights but it didn’t seem to work. The Dark Horses were able to keep finding the net but were unable to stop the Knights from putting up points too. The gap for the lead changed little, as the Dark Horses only were 6 points ahead of the Knights by the end of the third, 47-53.
West Bladen managed to gain a good control of the ball in the fourth quarter. With only 3:30 left in the quarter the Dark Horses struggled to hang onto the lead, 54-58. After a few turnovers and many fouls called on the Clinton team the Knights were able to tie the game with 1:50 left and take the lead immediately after with a free-throw, 62-60. The Dark Horses never saw the lead again and within the last few plays of the game Clinton continued to turn the ball over to the Knights allowing them to take the 5 point lead for the win, 70-65.
Jaquan Mclean led the Dark Horses with 14 points. Jeremiah Pope added 11 points to the score and EJ Howard had 10. Both Xzavier Howard and Zion Autry contributed 7 points.
Clinton head coach, Randy Jordan admitted West Bladen played a good game and his team just made too many mistakes, which he was very disappointed with.
“West Bladen didn’t quit and they kept coming and coming. I thought we had matured this week, but we didn’t. We took a big step backwards tonight.”
Jordan continued to recognize what his team could have done better on Friday night.
“We lost focus and discipline. And I give West Bladen credit because they capitalized on our mistakes, but that is on us. We just got to get ready for next week, but it’s a shame to lose a game this way. Hopefully we’ll learn from it,” Jordan said.
The Clinton Dark Horses won’t be back in action until next Friday when they travel to play against the Trask Titans.0
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