The Clarksville brother connection clicked in perfect harmony Friday night.
Aidan McEwen and younger sibling Calvin combined to nearly outscore host Silver Creek by themselves, totaling 41 points as the Class 2-A No. 7 Generals cruised to a 77-47 victory over the Dragons in the Mid-Southern Conference boys’ basketball opener for both.
Calvin, the junior streak shooter, hit five 3-pointers and scored 21 points, while Aidan, the senior warhorse in the paint, scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Clarksville (3-0, 1-0) started the defense of its league title with an emphatic victory.
Aidan did the bulk of the damage in the first half, scoring 15 points as the Generals bulled their way to a 35-18 lead. Calvin took over in the second with four of his treys as the margin rapidly swelled out of control.
“It was a good win,” Clarksville coach Jason Connell said. “With this team, it could be any of four guys any night. We had a lot of guys do good things tonight.”
The McEwens did the most. They instinctively found each other in prime scoring position. For Calvin, that meant openings at the arc, and he was deadly.
“It was all in rhythm,” Calvin said. “I have to give all the credit to my teammates. They got me the ball when I needed it.”
Aidan was particularly adept at locating him, especially when grabbing a rebound and leading the fast break.
“We’ve been playing together our whole lives,” Calvin said. “I know where he is all the time, and he knows where I am. It’s a weird brother connection. When we’re going against each other, it’s all-out war. When we’re on the same team, it’s hard to stop us.”
Silver Creek (1-1, 0-1) could handle neither, and couldn’t shoot its way into contention. The Dragons, who toasted Henryville for 75 points in their opener, were frigid and a little fearful while hitting only 18 of 57 shots, including 5 of 26 from 3-point range. The slump even followed the Dragons to the foul line, where they were only 6 of 17.
“It was the lack of poise that we had,” Silver Creek coach Brandon Hoffman said. “That was our first big-game environment for a lot of kids, and a lot of them were quick shots, nervous shots. We picked a horrible night not to make shots, that’s for sure. They took us behind the woodshed.”
The jump shots deserted Silver Creek in the second quarter, when it hit only 3 of 16 shots. And the Generals were content to let them fire harmlessly.
“We just wanted to keep guys in front of us and make them shoot it,” Connell said. “That took the pressure off our guys a little bit. In the second half, I just sat down and said ‘Let’s play.’ I took a step back and let them figure it out, and they responded.”
Andrew Jones added 11 points for Clarksville, which had few issues (17 turnovers and 14 offensive rebounds allowed) that Aidan couldn’t erase with his power or Calvin cool with his shooting stroke.
“Aidan is just a horse,” Hoffman said. “He’s been that his whole career. He has a great knack for scoring. He’s a good player, he deserves credit. They have a lot of weapons. There’s not too many guys you can’t guard.”
Zach Davidson had 12 points and Gabe Bauer added 11 for the Dragons, who lost to Clarksville for the third straight time.
“We’re a young team,” said Hoffman, who started two sophomores and played a third big minutes. “We’re not going to let this define who we are. We will take this as learning how to win, not a loss.”
Clarksville (3-0) – Smith 5, Johnson 8, A. McEwen 20, Jones 11, C. McEwen 21, Parrish 5, Coleman 3, Yennes 4.
Silver Creek (1-1) – Davidson 12, Durham 4, Bauer 11, Howell 7, Taylor 5, DeHate 4, Reed 4.
3-point goals – Smith 1, A. McEwen 1, Jones 1, C. McEwen 5, Davidson 1, Durham 1, Howell 2, Taylor 1.