Clarksville, TN – Clarksville High School’s boys basketball team outscored West Creek High School 20-11 in the fourth quarter, Tuesday, January 6th at William Workman Gymnasium, to pull away for a 69-59 victory and ending a three-game losing streak.
The Wildcats (6-8, 3-2 District 10-AAA) held a slim one-point lead, 49-48, over West Creek heading into the fourth quarter, but saw the Coyotes (3-14, 0-5 District 10-AAA) take their first lead since the opening quarter, 56-54, with 3:11 left in the game following a bucket by WCHS’s James Johnson.But a bucket by JJ Jones, with 2:57 left, started a 9-0 run by Clarksville High, as the Wildcats build a seven-point lead, 63-56, with 1:22 left.
Jones finished with 15 points.
West Creek would cut the Wildcats lead back to four points after an old-fashioned three-point play by A.J. Robinson, with 1:01 left, but that would be as close as the Coyotes would get the rest of the way, as the Wildcats closed out the game by hitting six of eight free throw attempts over the final 21 seconds – including two coming on a technical foul on Robinson – for the 69-59 final.
In the first half, the two teams would go back-and-fourth early-on, as the two teams traded the lead back-and-fourth eight times in the first period before Clarksville High came away with an 18-14 advantage after the first eight minutes of play.
The Wildcats would continue to add to its lead in the second quarter, getting out to as many as a 12-point lead 36-24, following two free throws by Tariq Silver, with 2:04 left before intermission.
Silver finished with 12 points.
But West Creek was able to cut into the deficit before halftime, scoring five of the final seven points of the first half, to trail Clarksville High 38-29 at intermission.
That final little offensive spurt by the Coyotes at the end of the first half carried over into the third quarter for West Creek, as they scored 14 of the first 16 points of the second half to take its first lead since the first quarter, 43-30, with 4:00 minutes left in the period.
A three by Teal Young would start a 7-0 run by Clarksville High, as the Wildcats retook the lead 47-43, with 2:04 left in the third quarter.
Young would lead all scorers with 19 points.
West Creek would answer with a 5-0 run to retake the lead 48-47, with 49 seconds left, but a final bucket by Jones in the final 30 seconds for CHS gave the Wildcats a 49-47 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Both teams return to District 10-AA action on January 9th with a couple of road games, with Clarksville High heading to Springfield High School and West Creek traveling to Northeast High School. Both games are scheduled to tip-off at 7:30pm.
Clarksville High 69, West Creek 59
|West Creek Coyotes||14||15||19||11||59|
|Clarksville High Wildcats||18||20||11||20||69|
Tairell Fletcher 12, De’Marccus Martin 2, Aaron Hardison 13, Yorel Carter 5, Wayne Ames 5, James Johnson 9, A.J. Robinson 7, Stacey Tindall 6. Team totals 24 8-11 59.
JJ Jones 15, Tyriek Cheatham 8, Teal Young 19, Avery Bates 12, Tariq Silver 11, Brevon Johnson 2, Cameron Stiff 2. Team totals 24 16-22 69.
3-point field goals:
West Creek 3 (Fletcher 1, Ames 1, Johnson 1), Clarksville High 5 (Young 3, Jones 1, Silver 1).
West Creek 3-14, 0-5 District 10-AAA, Clarksville High 6-8, 3-2 District 10-AAA.