RIVERDALE — Hunter Snyder fueled a third-quarter surge that Clinton couldn't recover from in a 56-36 Mississippi Athletic Conference boys basketball loss Friday.
Sndyer, a 6-foot-3 junior, scored 18 of his game-high 19 points after halftime, including 11 in the third quarter. He started and ended an 8-0 run with 3-point baskets after a 3-pointer by Clinton's LJ Henderson tied the game at 20 to open the third quarter.
Clinton never got closer than six after that.
Henderson led Clinton (1-7, 1-6 MAC) with nine points. Brennen Lemke added eight.
The River Kings battled back after Pleasant Valley (8-1, 6-1) closed the first quarter with a 4-0 run and opened the second with six straight points to take a 17-7 lead. DeVonte McGee helped Clinton close the half on a 10-3 run with a 3-pointer to start and end it.
McGee finished with six points, as did Ricky Clay.
Brian Dayman added 13 points for the Spartans.
Irish hold off Wildcats
DELHI—Nate Moeller hit a last-second jumper for Prince of Peace to edge the Mquoketa Valley Wildcats 54-52 on the road on Friday night.
The Irish had the 52-46 lead coming into the tail end of the game, but the Wildcats hit two 3-point field goals in a row to tie the game at 52-52. Prince of Peace then held the ball for over a minute, finding Moeller for the short jumper from the side to give it the two-point advantage and the victory.
Kaidion Larson led the Irish with 19 points, followed by Conner Williams with 13 and Patrick Mulholland with 12.
The Irish went 11-of-12 from the free-throw line.
Prince of Peace improved to 6-6 and will match up with the Camanche Indians on Monday night at Central Catholic Auditorium.
Camanche escapes Durant
DURANT — A big third quarter helped Camanche pull away and take down Durant 72-55 on the road on Friday night.
The Indians were up by nine points coming out of the halftime break but went on a 22-13 run in the third quarter. They outscored Durant in the fourth as well to take home the W.
Dev Patel and Cam Soenksen led the team with 20 points each, while Caleb Delzell put up 13. Patel also had seven assists for the Indians, and Soenksen stole the ball six times. Calvin Ottens pulled down eight rebounds for the Indians.
Camanche improved to 7-3 on the season and will take on Prince of Peace on the road on Monday night.
Rebels handle Bears
GOOSELAKE—The Northeast Rebels stayed perfect with a 56-37 rout of the West Branch Bears on Friday night at home.
Luke Empen had 20 points — 14 of them coming in the first half to help give the Rebels the comfortable 34-17 lead at halftime. Both Braeden Hoyer and Collin Swanton had 11 points for Northeast.
The Rebels improved to 10-0 and travel to Cascade on Tuesday.
Erie edges Rockridge
TAYLOR RIDGE, Ill. — The Erie Cardinals held off a comeback effort from Rockridge and edged the Rockets 31-30 on the road Friday night.
The Cardinals had a six-point lead at half and extended their lead to 14 by the time the fourth quarter began. Rockridge dug its way back, but the Cardinals held off the Rockets and took the victory.
Josh Hammer led the Cardinals with 10 points, while Brady Anderson added seven and Kyle Stover pitched in six. Stover hit the Cardinals' only 3-point field goals of the game.
Sabers beat Clippers
DEWITT — Alex McAleer and Drew Kueter put up big points to help Central DeWitt grab a 64-52 win against Clear Creek-Amana on Friday night.
McAleer put up 20 points and Kueter added another 18. Jeff Grau also scored in double digits for the Sabers, putting up 15.
Central DeWitt improved to 3-6 and will travel to Mount Vernon on Tuesday.