Mavs nearly win second straight
EVERLY -- Clay Central-Everly's boys won for the first time since Feb. 2, 2012, Friday night with a 58-37 win over the Whiting Warriors, snapping a streak of 58 games without the taste of victory.
"Defensively, Ben McClain played really well against their point guard. Daniel Borkowski played really well defensively too. I think, as a team, we were just quicker overall," CC-E boys basketball coach Ross Jobst said. "We were rebounding and didn't give them a whole lot of second chances at the basket."
The Mavs definitely ate up the glass Friday night, pulling down 50 rebounds, including 22 on the offensive end. Leading the way in that department was Bailey Stimson who finished with a double-double of 16 points and 14 boards.
CC-E outscored Whiting 31-11 over the second and third quarters to open up the game on their way to tasting triumph.
The Mavs went 18-63 from the field with eight of their makes coming from downtown.
"We knocked down quite a few shots. Our percentage still wasn't very good, but we held them to just 37 points, so it was a very good defensive game for us. We only had 11 turnovers in the game too which is a season-low for us," Jobst said.
McClain finished Friday's game with 11 points and six assists. Dayton Brugman added 10 points.
CC-E returned to the floor Monday night, looking to make it back-to-back victories for the first time since late January of 2012 against the visiting Eagles of Siouxland Community Christian. The Mavs kept it tight the whole way, but an 8-17 effort at the charity stripe as well as a first half buzzer beater from SCC's Tyson Wilson left them on the wrong end of a 65-58 final score.
"We shot the ball better than we have all season tonight even though we didn't move very well on offense. We were too lackadaisical at passing," Jobst said of the loss to the Eagles. "The intensity just wasn't there tonight like it was Friday. We came out flat in the first half and dug ourselves a hole. I told the guys we can't afford to do that. We tried to fight our way back into it, but we gave up too many second chances."
CC-E trailed 15-10 after the first quarter, but they tied it twice in the second at 21 on a Logan Heissel free throw and at 23 on a Heissel shot inside off of a Pete Trierweiler assist.
However, SCC put on a 7-0 run to end the half, including Wilson's buzzer beater from the left corner.
The Mavs shrunk the deficit to four through the third quarter at 46-42, but they just couldn't get over the hump in the fourth, falling 65-58.
Stimson finished with another double-double, scoring 19 points and rebounding 10 misses. Heissel put in 16 points, and Brugman scored 13. Stimson also dished out five assists.
CC-E went 23-57 from the field for 40 percent.
The Mavs are now 1-17 on the year, and they return to action Tuesday night in Correctionville against 6-12 River Valley.