Clopton boys squad 2-3 after big shooting night against Thunderbirds
The Clopton boys basketball team has a record of 2-3 for the season after a road victory last week.
The game scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 21 against the Western (Ill.) Wildcats at the John Woods Shootout in Quincy, Ill., was postponed due to the weather.
The Hawks shot 59 percent from the field and hit six of eight free throws on the road on Tuesday, Dec. 17. They also made three of five three-point shot attempts against the Thunderbirds
The Hawks came out strong and had a 17-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. They stretched the lead to 35-18 at the half, which would help later.
“I stressed to the players how important conference road wins are early in the season,” said Clopton Head Coach Craig Smith. “We came out aggressive on defense which led to easy transition points. Our half-court trap really set the tone for us in the first half.”
The Thunderbirds woke up in the third quarter and went on a 30-20 run in the second half to make the game closer.
“North Callaway made a (17-10) run in the fourth quarter and we were able to withstand their best punch,” Smith said. “I kept telling the kids that N.C. would make a run and we had to be ready for it. We adjusted well and were able to pull out the win on the road.”
Senior guard Jack Hicks had a well-rounded game leading the team with 16 points and eight rebounds. Hicks was four-for-four from the foul line, hit two three-pointers, dished out five assists and had three steals.
Senior guard Luke Robbins had 10 points, three assists, two rebounds and a steal.
Senior guard Rheed Leake had nine points, two assists, two rebounds and one steal.
Senior forward Devin Linton had six points, an assist, a rebound and two steals.
Senior guard Jamel Shelton had five points, an assist, two rebounds and three steals.
Junior center Alex Black had six points and junior guard Arthur Hammel hit a three-pointer.
“Our kids were eager to play,” Smith said. “We had the Elsberry game get snowed out so the extra days off helped the sore players get rest, but all of them were chomping at the bit to compete.”
The Hawks will not play over the holiday break but will compete on the road against the Mark Twain Tigers with the JV starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3.
The Hawks will host the Clopton Invitational and go up against the Wright City Wildcats in the first round at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7.
The winner of that game will play in the championship bracket at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan 9. The loser will play in the consolation bracket at the same time in the old gym.
The consolation championship game will be at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11.
The third-place game will be at 7 p.m. and the championship game will be at 8:30 p.m. that same night.