DAVENPORT — It was just one of those nights for the Clinton River Kings basketball team Tuesday.

In its first game of the new year little went right for Clinton as the Davenport Central Blue Devils cruised to a 68-30 Mississippi Athletic Conference win over the River Kings.

“We couldn’t make our shots early. Then we got away from being aggressive and it kind of snowballed on us,” Clinton coach Dave Shovlain said.

Things didn’t start too badly for Clinton (4-4, 2-3 MAC) as it led twice in the opening minutes. Senior starter Michael Fullan’s 3-pointer from the left wing put the Kings up 3-2. Moments later a bucket by senior starter Lance Dennis gave Clinton a 5-4 edge at the 4:10 mark of the opening quarter.

Central (4-3, 3-2), which started two sophomores, two juniors and a senior, used an 8-0 run to take a 12-7 lead before River King junior David Lakin drained a 3-pointer from the right wing with 16 seconds left in the period.

The Devils got a bucket from Zach Kenyon (11 points) just before the horn to end the quarter, giving Central a 14-10 edge.

The hoop started a 12-0 tear as the Blue Devils scored the first 10 points of the second period, going up 24-10 after consecutive 3-pointers by Tom Ghinazzi (16 points, 10 in the second quarter) and Marquez Davis (game-high 18 points).

Things snowballed from there as Central extended to a 20-point halftime lead, led by as many as 33 in the third quarter and built its largest lead of 40 in the fourth quarter.

After a bucket by junior starter Mark Misiewicz (team-high 10 points), who was unable to convert the three-point opportunity, a 7-0 flurry gave the Blue Devils a 31-12 advantage with 2:32 left in the first half.

Moments later 6-foot-7 Central sophomore starter L.A. Pomlee (14 points) threw down a dunk. Pomlee added another dunk on an emphatic rebound follow-up in the opening minute of the second half.

The Devils led 36-16 at the break after outscoring Clinton 22-6 in the second quarter.

Things didn’t get any better in the second half for the River Kings as Central scored the first 13 points of the third quarter to go up 49-16.

Clinton finally scored its first point of the quarter on a free throw by junior Tony Bassett at the 2:30 mark.

The Devils led 51-20 after three quarters.

Central scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter to go up by 40.

“We got on our heels, and Central took it to us,” Shovlain said. “There’s no excuses. We just got beat. But, our guys are resilient. We’ll come back from this.”

The River Kings will try to bounce back when they visit Davenport Assumption Friday.

Score by Quarters

Clinton 10 6 4 10 — 30

Dav. Central 14 22 15 17 — 68

Scoring

CLINTON (30)

Michael Fullan 1 0-0 3, Lance Dennis 2 0-0 4, Evan Massey 0 0-0 0, Mark Misiewicz 5 0-1 10, Taylor Swanson 0 0-0 0, Kurtis Brondyke 2 0-0 4, Tony Bassett 0 1-2 1, David Lakin 2 0-0 6, Tom Baughman 1 0-0 2, Shamus Kenney 0 0-0 0, Brandon Lackland 0 0-0 0, Levelle Horne 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 1-3 30.

DAV. CENTRAL (68)

Marquez Davis 5 5-6 18, E.J. Hicks 0 0-1 0, Tom Ghinazzi 6 2-4 16, Zach Kenyon 4 3-5 11, L.A. Pomlee 7 0-0 14, Chris Fyfe 1 0-0 2, Steve Kucharo 0 0-0 0, Andrew Steckel 0 0-0 0, Ed Davies 0 0-0 0, Trey Meyer 2 0-0 4, Justin Evans 0 0-0 0, Dominique Collins 0 1-2 1, Karey Sierra 0 0-0 0, Paul Ryan 1 0-0 2, Ryan Sisk 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 11-18 68.

3-point goals—Clinton 3 (Lakin 2, Fullan); Central 5 (Davis 3, Ghinazzi 2). Total fouls—Clinton 16, Central 12.

Records—Clinton 4-4, 2-3 Mississippi Athletic Conference; Central 4-3, 3-2. Next game—Clinton at Davenport Assumption, 7:30 p.m. Friday.