St. Clairsville drains Creek
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Just before the second half began, Ryan Clifford came to the scoring table to take a quick look at the scorebook.
He was checking on personal fouls because, to hear him tell it, he “doesn’t care who scores the ball.”
That was never really a concern against Indian Creek Tuesday evening on John Jenkins Court.
Basically, the entire Red Devil starting lineup was scoring pretty consitently.
The Red Devils put their entire starting five in double figures and their sixth man finished with nine. That kind of balanced spelled doom for the Redskins, 79-51.
“We try to be relentless on offense with the way we attack and when we’ve done that, we’ve been able to get some scoring spurts,” Clifford said.
That was the case again. Actually, the Red Devils had multiple spurts. They closed the first half by scoring the final nine. They had an 8-2 run in the middle of the third and after Creek climbed to within 10 entering the fourth, the Red Devils scored eight of the first 10 in the final quarter and 15 of the final 18.
Veteran Indian Creek coach Joe Dunlevy couldn’t really wrap his head around it.
“We told the kids before the game that (St. Clairsville was) going to make shots, but we had to stay strong mentally and keep battling because they’re going to miss some. We weren’t able to do that.”
The Redskins fought back after St. C. (7-3) scored 10 of the game’s first 12 to make it a 17-all game after one.
That relentless approach simply wore Creek down.
“We like to think the pace at which we play will eventually wear teams down and allow us to string some buckets together,” Clifford said.
Brett Vike had the hot hand early for St. C. with 11 of his team-high 15 in the first quarter. In the second quarter, it was Matt Busby and Nate Harris, who caught fire, scoring seven each.
In the second half, St. C.’s leading scorer Craig Bober, who didn’t dent the scoring column in the opening two quarters, scored 13 to lead the way.
“When you’re scoring 80 or so a game, like we are, there are points there for everyone to score,” Clifford said. “We need to continue to make the extra pass and sharing the ball like we have been, it’s beneficial to everyone.”
Vike’s 15 was equaled by Busby. Senior Justin Heatherington, who continues to round into basketbal shape after missing the early portion of the season due to a football injury, finished with 12. Harris closed with 10. Brett Vike hit a trio of treys en route to nine.
“They have a nice team and they share the ball well,” Dunlevy noted. “When you get beat by 20-some, you have to give the other team credit.”
Indian Creek (6-4) was led by three, double-figure scorers. Senior Michael Allen, senior Austin Judson and senior Derrick Eakle went for 15, 14 and 13, respectively.
Both teams are in divisional Buckeye 8 play on Friday. St. C. visits Union Local, while Creek treks to Richmond to take on Edison.