No. 2 Generals blitz Rebs 103-37
Monday, February 03, 2014 10:00 AM
Southwestern knew what it was in s and the Generals did not disappoint, beating the Rebels 103-37 in Hanover.
PLAYING KEEP AWAY: Clarksville’s Andrew Jones (34 center) snatches a rebound over Southwestern’s Jacob Adcock (34) and Jayde Ary (5) during the first quarter of their game Saturday at Hanover. Jones scored 34 points as the Class 2A No. 2 Generals won 103-37. (Staff photo by Ken Ritchiefirstname.lastname@example.org)
The Rebels, a young team with limited varsity experience, were no match for one of the state's best squads, rich in both talent and experience. But that came as no surprise to Rebels head coach Andy Firth on Southwestern's homecoming.
"If you thought we were going to win this game then you should probably never come to another basketball game in your life," Firth said. "However, we thought we could implement something that's totally special. That's what we want. We're still a work in progress."
For the first four minutes of the contest Southwestern held its own, getting early points from Mathew Schwartz and Tryston Wheatley. But once Clarksville got settled in there was no looking back and the Generals led 27-10 after the first quarter.
"For four minutes tonight we played toe-to-toe with one of the top-ranked teams in the state," Firth said. "For four minutes we showcased our talents and then we got scared. Clarksville played really good basketball the rest of the way."
The Generals led 51-21 at halftime and outscored Southwestern 52-16 in the second half to easily post its 12th win of the season. But while the final result was expected, Firth felt his team could have played better.
"I just didn't feel like our effort was there tonight," Firth said. "Defensively we let them get in the lanes too easily and on offense we didn't get up enough shots. Wanting to be an up-tempo team we should be taking more than 46 shots a night.
"Right now I have a group of guys who are afraid of being successful," Firth added. "They are afraid that they might have to sustain that success. Right now is not the time to be making excuses. As a coach I have to teach them that it is OK to be successful."
Southwestern had two players reach double figures. Colten Shepherd scored 12 including three 3-pointers in the second quarter and Wheatley added 10.
Ten different players scored for Clarksville. Andrew Jones led all players with 34 points, Calvin McEwen had 22 and Nick Jones added 10.
Southwestern (0-14) travels to Austin on Tuesday in a makeup game that was postponed two weeks ago.
SATURDAY'S BOYS GAME
2A No. 2 CLARKSVILLE 103,
CLARKSVILLE 27 24 30 22 - 103
SOUTHWESTERN 10 11 9 7 - 37
CLARKSVILLE (12-1) - (g)A.Jones 34, (g)McEwen 22, N.Jones 10, (g)Parrish 8, Guenthner 8, (g)Coleman 6, Bryant 5, (f)Yennes 4, Leonhardt 4, Fetz 2, Kissel 0.
SOUTHWESTERN (0-14) - (g)Shepherd 12, (f)Wheatley 10, (g)Embs 7, (f)Schwartz 4, Adcock 4, (g)Ary 0, Bell 0, Hayes 0, Stoner 0, Stewart 0, Mitchell 0.
3-Point Goals - Clarksville 7 (McEwen 2, Jones 2, Guenthner 2, Bryant 1), Southwestern 6 (Shepherd 3, Wheatley 2, Embs 1). Total Fouls - Clarksville 15, Southwestern 16. Free Throws - Clarksville 17-21, Southwestern 7-12. Fouled Out - Clarksville: Yennes. Next Game - Clarksville visits Scottsburg today, Southwestern visits Austin on Tuesday.