NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Junior guard Stephen Cook connected on all five of his 3-point attempts and scored a career-high 29 points as Christian Academy of Indiana held off Clarksville, 53-47 Tuesday night in boys basketball action.
“He’s taken a big jump in his game,” said CAI coach Steve Kerberg. “He’s put in the time this summer to get better.”
In the first half, CAI (1-1) surged to a 17-10 lead as Cook drilled a 3-pointer with 5:20 left in the second half.
Cook hit all four of his shots in the first half, including three from beyond the arc. He finished the first half with 14 points. Cook, a 6-foot-4 guard, found himself in foul trouble for a few minutes in the first half as he fouled Clarksville’s Christian Stewart and picked up his third personal of the game with 2:21 left until halftime.
“I knew I had two (fouls) and I shouldn’t have reached,” Cook said. “Luckily, I kept my cool all the way until the end of the fourth quarter.”
GALLERY: CAI beats Clarksville
The Generals (2-1) fought to close the deficit to within 19-18 after Stewart converted a three-point play with 2:02 left. But CAI extended its lead just before the end of the half as Noah Williams hit a 60-footer at the buzzer.
The Warriors extended their lead to as many as 12 points in the second half but Clarksville kept battling back. When Clarksville’s Charles Van Winkle got fouled on a 3-point attempt with 13.1 seconds left, he hit all three free throws and closed the gap to 50-47.
“We had good stretches,” said Clarksville coach Brian McEwen. “We play good in stretches. We just don’t sustain it long enough.”
However, Williams hit four free throws in the final 12 seconds to seal the win.
Stewart led the Generals with 13 points.
The Warriors came back from a 65-28 loss to Floyd Central in their opener. “It was hard mentally,” Cook said. “It was a mindset, and we bounced back.”
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Clarksville (2-1): M. McEwen 8, Van Winkle 6, Martin 2, B. McEwen 7, Stewart 13, Ludwick 5, Taylor 6.
CAI (1-1): Cook 29, Williams 11, Linnehan 2, Hamby 2, Fitzgibbon 3, Conrad 6.
3-point Goals: Van Winkle, B. McEwen, Cook 5, Williams, Conrad.