Class 2-A regional | Clarksville thwarts rally, beats Austin 49-45 in OT

Class 2-A regional | Clarksville thwarts rally, beats Austin 49-45 in OT


Class 2-A regional | Clarksville thwarts rally, beats Austin 49-45 in OT



With the final seconds of overtime winding down, Clarksville’s Aham Yennes grabbed a defensive rebound, was fouled and hit two free throws to ice a 49-45 victory over Austin in the semifinals of the Class 2-A Southridge Regional boys’ basketball tournament Saturday.

No. 2-ranked Clarksville took a 22-2 record into Saturday night’s final against Linton-Stockton, which beat Perry Central 75-65.

Leading 39-31 going into the fourth quarter, the Generals got sloppy and Austin took advantage.

“We just didn’t take care of the ball; our seniors did that,” coach Jason Connell said. “We lose our focus.”

Devin Richey led Austin’s fourth-quarter comeback. His three field goals and a steal were part of an 8-0 run that tied the score at 39 with 4:25 left.

The Generals regained the lead at 41-39, but then Austin’s Duncan Wooten stepped up. His basket and assist on Hunter Spencer’s field goal capped the 12-2 run that gave the Eagles their first lead of the game, 43-41 with 2:55 left.

Austin had an opportunity to extend the lead before Clarksville’s Calvin McEwen made the big play: a steal that led to a fast break and a foul. He made both free throws to tie it at 43 with 1:48 left in regulation.

The Eagles had chances to go ahead again in regulation but couldn’t convert. On Clarksville’s possession with 15 seconds left, Austin had fouls to give to help run out the clock — a good plan until starting guard Chris Mayfield fouled out and the Eagles didn’t have him for the extra period.

Dominic Coleman got the Generals off to a good start in overtime, hitting his only ­3-pointer to make it 46-43 with 3:30 left. Hunter scored to cut it to one moments later.

Defense held sway until McEwen hit 1 of 2 free throws with 47 seconds remaining, giving the Generals a 47-45 edge.

One last Clarksville turnover gave the Eagles two chances to tie or take the lead, but each time they came up empty. Yennes made them pay with his clinching free throws with 2.5 seconds left.

The Generals got off to a fast start in the game, leading 6-0 before Mayfield hit a 3-pointer midway through the first quarter. The lead swelled to 16-7 before the Eagles closed the opening quarter with a 3-pointer by Devin Richey.

The pattern of Clarksville pulling away, only to see Austin fight back, continued in the second quarter. McEwen’s 3-pointer made it 19-10, but the Eagles answered with a 10-3 run capped by Mayfield’s 3-pointer that cut it to 22-20.

McEwen responded with another long-range shot, sparking a 9-2 run by the Generals to close out the half with a 31-22 lead at the break.

Clarksville continued to roll in the third quarter. A 3-pointer by McEwen followed by a three-point play by Coleman made it 39-27 with 3:09 remaining. Austin cut the deficit to single digits going into the fourth quarter.

Clarksville managed just 18 points in the second half and overtime, but it was just enough to advance.

McEwen scored 17 points to lead the Generals. Austin (13-11) was paced by Richey’s 15.

* Bryant Jackson scored 23 points and Beau Eaton 18 for the winners. Linton led 40-28 at halftime and was well in control until Perry Central turned up the pressure late and made the defending regional champs work for their spot in the final. Perry Central (18-6) was paced by Andrew Huber’s 20.Linton-Stockton 75, Perry Central 65:

2-A Regional at Southridge

Linton-Stockton 19 21 16 19 75
Perry Central 17 11 20 17 65

– Jackson 23, Joseph Dieball 9, Woodward 13, Joshua Dieball 4, Riddell 8, Eaton 18.Linton (20-6)

– Schraner 17, Huber 20, Schwartz 2, Schaad 1, LeClere 11, Hubert 14.Perry Central (18-6)

– Jackson 2, Woodward 1, Schraner 2, Huber 1, Hubert 1.Three-point goals

Austin 10 12 9 12 2 45
Clarksville 16 15 8 4 6 49

– Mayfield 6, Richey 15, Wooten 8, Vires 3, Spencer 8, Fleenor 3, Staschke 2.Austin (13-11)

– Yennes 6, McEwen 17, Parish 6, Jones 5, Kissel 2, Guenthner 5, Coleman 8.Clarksville (22-2)

– Mayfield 2, Richey 1, McEwen 4, Guenthner 1, Vires 1, Jones 1, Fleenor 1, Coleman 1.Three-point goals


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