ELDRIDGE—The Clinton River Kings had no answer for the pressure defense from the No. 6 ranked North Scott Lancers and fell 67-28 in a road matchup on Tuesday night at the Pit in Eldridge.
Clinton was coming off of a 58-51 loss to Maquoketa this Saturday. In the game, starter LJ Henderson injured fingers on his left hand, leaving him out of the MAC matchup Tuesday night. Henderson’s 8.4 points per game so far this season is the second highest on the team.
Clinton new beforehand that they were matching up against a powerful Lancer squad and would have their hands full. North Scott is currently sitting at the top of the Mississippi Athletic Conference with an 8-0 record in the conference going into the game. They also came into the game with the No. 6 ranking in Class 4A state polls. River Kings came into Tuesday night 1-7 in MAC play and 1-10 over all.
The Lancers took control from the beginning. Reece Sommers scored the first five points of the game, and Corvan Seales hit a three to help North Scott jump to a 10-0 early in the first quarter, then the River Kings turned it over for a Ty Anderson easy basket. The pressure from the Lancers caused another turnover for the River Kings and which resulted in another Seales basket to make it 14-0 before the halfway mark of the first quarter.
It wasn’t until 2:25 remained in the first quarter that Brandon Williams—who started in place of the injured LJ Henderson—got a steal. While he missed the layup, ricky Clay put in the board for the first points of the night for the Kings.
It was short-lived as Gary Morgan came off the bench for North Scott and immediately drained a 3-point field goal to make it 17-2. Seales followed that up with another three of his own.
The only other points for the River Kings in the first eight minutes came from an offensive rebound by Bret Myli.
The second didn’t see much improvement for the River Kings, who never got an offense going against the man-to-man pressure from the state-ranked Lancers. Seales made a three-point play to start the second out, then followed it up with two more free throws on the next possession.
Brandon Williams would score on an offensive rebound for Clinton, and Frederick Williams put in a bucket in the last seconds of the half but the Lancers went into half-time with a 41-8 advantage.
Seales—the Lancers leading scorer with just over 14 points per game—had 20 points at halftime. The Lancers also drained six 3-point field goals on the Kings to help their lead.
A free-throw from Ty Anderson and a bucket from Seales put the Lancers ahead by 36 early in the second half, which set the game to continuous clock, where it would remain for the rest of the game. .
Brandon Williams scores again, gives him four points, scores two possessions later to give him six.
Myli picked up a technical foul and went to the bench with three attributed to him in the middle of the third. Myli normally leads the River Kings in both scoring and rebounding. He ended the night with two points.
A couple of bench players made big shots for Clinton late in the fourth quarter, included two 3-pointers from Tre Foley, his first points of the season. Riley Burgland also sank a three.
Brandon Williams led the River Kings with 10 points, eight of them coming in the second half. Foley had six and Burgland had three. Ricky Clay, Bret Myle, Frederick Williams and Ty McGruder all had two points.
While the Lancers remain ahead of Pleasant Valley in conference standings by improving to 9-0, the River Kings fall to 1-8. They will play their first game back in Yourd Gymnasium since Dec. 12 against Bettendorf on Thursday. Bettendorf is coming in with a record of 5-7.