DAVENPORT — In a game that included nine lead changes and four ties the Clinton River Kings came up just short in a 51-49 loss to the Davenport Assumption Knights in Mississippi Athletic Conference boys basketball action Friday night.

Trailing 47-39 early in the fourth quarter, Clinton (4-5, 2-4 MAC) fought back with three 3-pointers, one from Mark Misiewicz, who scored a team-high 15 points, and a pair from Evan Massey, who had eight points, to work within two at 51-49.

After Assumption (5-5, 5-1) missed the front end of a one-and-one the River Kings had a chance to tie, or take the lead. Clinton came up empty, however, as Lance Dennis missed two shots in the closing moments.

The Kings fouled the Knights’ Anthony Miller with just 7 tenths of a second left. Miller missed both free throws and Clinton’s desperation heave at the buzzer went for naught.

“It was a tough game,” River Kings coach Dave Shovlain said. “We had our shots to win at the end. That’s all I can ask for. I’m happy with the way they responded. We still have some work to do. We need to improve on our rebounding and some late-game situations.”

The River Kings jumped in front 6-2 before Assumption responded with a 10-0 burst to go on top 12-6.

Clinton bounced back and went up 16-14 at quarter’s end following 3-pointers by Michael Fullan, who had 12 points, and David Lakin. The River Kings hit eight 3-pointers on the night.

The Kings led 28-27 at the half. The Knights used a 7-0 run to end the third quarter to take a 43-39 lead into the final frame.

Clinton has a week off before it visits Bettendorf Friday and Cedar Rapids Kennedy next Saturday.

“We’re improving every game, but it’s a good time for a break,” Shovlain said. “We’ll regroup and watch our film and prepare for Bettendorf and Cedar Rapids Kennedy.”



Score by Quarters

Clinton 16 12 11 10 — 49

Assumption 14 13 16 8 — 51

Scoring

CLINTON (49)

Michael Fullan 4-7 2-3 12, Lance Dennis 1-7 0-0 2, Evan Massey 3-7 0-0 8, Mark Misiewicz 6-12 0-0 15, Taylor Swanson 1-2 1-2 3, Tony Bassett 1-3 0-0 2, Kurtis Brondyke 0-2 0-0 0, David Lakin 1-3 0-0 3, Tom Baughman 2-4 0-0 4, Shamus Kenney 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-48 3-5 49.

ASSUMPTION (51)

Hoyt 3-8 0-0 6, Ewen 1-8 2-2 4, Schwartz 8-15 4-6 20, Miller 4-10 0-3 9, Klein 1-3 1-3 3, Kolar 0-1 1-2 1, Smith 1-1 0-0 2, Hintze 0-0 0-0 0, Christophersen 3-3 0-0 6. Totals 21-49 8-16 51.

3-point goals—Clinton 8-21 (Massey 2-5, Fullan 2-3, Misiewicz 3-5, Lakin 1-2, Dennis 0-3, Brondyke 0-1, Baughman 0-1, Kenney 0-1); Assumption 1-7 (Miller 1-5, Ewen 0-2). Rebounds—Clinton 29 (Misiewicz 12); Assumption 33 (Schwartz 12). Assists—Clinton 8 (Dennis 3, Fullan 3); Assumption 8 (Hoyt 3). Steals—Clinton 5 (Swanson 2); Assumption 13 (Hoyt 5). Blocks—Clinton 3 (Fullan, Massey, Misiewicz); Assumption 1 (Christophersen). Turnovers—Clinton 17, Assumption 14. Fouls—Clinton 16, Assumption 8. Fouled out—Clinton (Swanson).

Records—Clinton 4-5, 2-4 Mississippi Athletic Conference; Assumption 5-5, 5-1. Next game—Clinton at Bettendorf, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13.