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West Creek Coyotes Ground Northeast Eagles 60-50 in District 10-AAA Tournament Quarterfinals

 

West Creek High School Coyotes - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – For the West Creek Coyotes, the District 10-AAA Boys Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal match up against the Northeast Eagles Friday Night at home was a tale of two halves.

After scoring only 15 points in the first half, the West Creek Coyotes exploded for a 20-point third period, and went on to outscore the Eagles 45 to 29 in the second half to get the win, 60-50.

West Creek boys basketball downs Northeast in District action. (Michael Rios-Clarksville Sports Network)

West Creek boys basketball downs Northeast in District action. (Michael Rios-Clarksville Sports Network)

The Coyotes opened the game shooting 0-of-12 from the field in the first period. They struggled to get around the Eagles defense and scored only from the free throw line.

By halftime they had made only three baskets from the field and trailed the Eagles 21-15.

“We weren’t playing well the first half. You have to give a lot of credit to Northeast. They really took us out of our rhythm,” Coyotes head coach Douglas Worsley said.

A different Coyote team emerged in the second half. Coyote guard Jachin Almon was fouled while trying to shoot a 3-pointer.

He converted 2-of-3 from the line. They were the first two points of a Coyote 10-2 run.

Suddenly moving the ball better and using screens to get open, the Coyotes shot 7-of-12 from the field in the third period and outscored the Eagles 20-4.

“We talked about it at halftime,” coach Worsley said. “I felt like in the first half we were standing around watching to much. I said everybody has got to do their job. You’ve got to screen; you’ve got to roll; you’ve got to get yourselves open and be ready to shoot when you get the ball. Sure enough guys caught the ball ready to shoot, ready to attack the basket and got people open.“

The Coyotes offensive momentum carried into the fourth period. Even in the face of a defensive press by the Eagles, the Coyotes continued to produce open looks and knock down the shots. They committed only two turnovers and when fouled made 11-of-14 from the free throw line.

“They know how to beat a press. They shouldn’t get rattled. They should be very calm,” Worsley said. “There are times we will spaz, but for the most part they were ready tonight. We kind of felt like it was coming. We just had to take care of it. Go slow, be strong, take care of the ball. We felt we could get that win.”

The Coyotes offense was a complete team effort. Eight different Coyote players scored in the game. Almon led the team with 12 points. Aaron Hardison scored 11 and Stephon Jackson added 9.

While most of the Coyote team was scoring, the Eagles offense came primarily from Nick Green. Green had a monstrous night. He scored a double-double with 30 points and 17 rebounds.

The win advances the Coyotes to the semifinals where they will play Henry County Saturday, February 15th at 5:30pm.

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Box Score

West Creek 60, Northeast 50

1 2 3 4 Final
West Creek High Coyotes 6 9 20 25 60
Northeast High Eagles 8 13 4 25 50

 

West Creek
Aaron Hardison 11, Stephon Jackson 9, James Johnson 4, Jachin Almon 12, Michael Hardison 3, Marcus Martin 7, Mo Pressley 8, Davon Jones 3.

Northeast
Dre Felton 8, Nick Green 30, Vincent Johnson 5, Montrell Pardue 2, D.J. Wright 4, Jontae Brown 1.


About Marlon Scott

    Marlon Scott

    Marlon Scott is a freelance journalist and writer. He graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2011 with a B.S. in Communications, majoring in Communication Arts with a concentration in print and web journalism.

    His writing career began as a sports writer for The All State, the APSU student newspaper, in 2006. He continued working for the paper until his graduation, serving in various positions including Sports Editor and Editor-in-Chief.

    In 2010, Scott contributed stories and photographs as well as designed and served as Editor-in-Chief for the monograph, Civic Art of Clarksville: The stories behind the pieces.

    Scott has also produced 60 stories for The Leaf Chronicle.

    You can find him on twitter @theMarlonScott and on Facebook

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