CLINTON — A balanced team effort wasn't enough to push the Clinton boys basketball team to a win Tuesday at home.
The River Kings fell to Davenport Assumption 60-53, unable to hang on to a close game in the final minutes. Head coach Chris Powers, despite the final result, was impressed with the effort he saw from his team against a Knights squad that beat Clinton by 14 points in late December.
"I like the way the last three games have looked for our kids," Powers said. "The most important part is hitting your stride in February, and I think we might be doing that. Friday night in Burlington and tonight, I thought we played really well. Assumption is a good team, and to take them down to the last minute or so of the game, I'm happy with the way we played."
The River Kings were led in scoring by senior center Louis Williams, who dropped 11 points, followed by sophomore guard L.J. Henderson with 9.
The first half of Tuesday's game featured both teams trading blows, with Clinton leading the back-and-forth contest 26-24 at the half. Assumption, however, took back its lead to top the River Kings 44-38 after three quarters.
"I just kept telling our guys to keep it up, to keep (Assumption) off the glass," Powers said. "Obviously, Assumption is good so they had the chance to take over a little bit, and they did. I just had to keep telling them to play hard and to play well."
A Harris layup with 3:00 left in the game pulled the River Kings to within a one-point deficit, 51-50. That, however, would be the closest Clinton would get. Assumption buried free throws to ice the game in the closing minutes.
Powers said it was a few "little things" that stood in the way of the River Kings grabbing a win.
"We tried to play down low on offense, but we either missed our chance a couple times or Assumption defended it really well," Powers said. "We started to rush ourselves late in the game, and I think we turned it over a few times."
Ricky Clay finished with 8 points, Brett Myli had 7, and Brandon Williams, Brennen Lemke and Jared Simpson added 5, and Ty McGruder with 3 points also contributed to the River Kings' scoring stat line Tuesday.
Clinton returns to action at home Friday against Pleasant Valley at 7:30 p.m.