A promising start turned ugly in a hurry Friday night as Pleasant Valley defeated Clinton 61-33 in Mississippi Athletic Conference boys basketball.

The River Kings led early, 6-4, before the Spartans scored 22 of the next 23 points to send Clinton to its 23rd consecutive conference loss.

Back-to-back baskets by Brady Ernst and Jalen Jones gave Clinton an early 6-4 lead before PV struck.

AJ Smith scored to tie the score at 6, then Conor Bryant scored back-to-back buckets, the first on a transition layup and the second on a layup off a Clinton turnover. Brett Dixon added a basket to make it 12-6 before Jacob Judd ended the 8-0 run by making 1 of 2 free throws for the Kings.

It just got worse after that, however.

Adam Swanson made a pair of free throws, then added a steal and layup for a 16-7 edge. Kain Arthofer then took over. He buried a 3-point basket, added a two-pointer just before the quarter ended and opened the second period with another 3. Swanson then finished the 14-0 run with a second-chance basket.

Taryian Mayzes ended Clinton’s drought with a basket on a drive to the hoop, but Pleasant Valley closed the quarter on a 7-4 run to push its lead to 20 at the half, 33-13.

Clinton scored the first six points of the third quarter on a free throw by Jacob Judd, a basket by Christian Rowan and a 3-pointer from Corey Lewis, but the 14-point deficit was as close as the Kings could get the rest of the way.

Jalen Jones, whose eight points led the River Kings, scored twice late in the third quarter to keep Clinton within 15, but the Spartans pulled away in the fourth quarter.

PLEASANT VALLEY 61, CLINTON 33

CLINTON (1-10, 0-7) — Jalen Jones 4-12 0-1 8, Christian Rowan 1-5 0-0 2, Corey Lewis 2-6 0-0 6, Brady Ernst 1-6 0-0 2, Jacob Judd 1-5 2-4 4, Justin Michel 3-7 1-1 7, Tarian Mayzes 1-2 1-4 3, Tyler Thacker 0-3 0-0 0, J.J. Washington 0-1 1-2 1, John Gunderson 0-1 0-0 0, Ben Rowan 0-0 0-0 0, Chris Morgan 0-0 0-0 0, Rodney Witherspoon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-47 5-11 33.

PLEASANT VALLEY (8-3, 4-3) — A.J. Smith 1-8 0-0 2, Brett Dixon 1-3 0-0 2, Adam Swanson 6-8 3-4 15, Conor Bryant 5-13 0-0 10, Brian Paul 4-7 1-1 10, Kain Arthofer 3-8 3-4 11, Steven Kardell 0-0 0-0 0, Austin Esters 1-5 2-2 4, Kellen Bohn 0-1 2-2 2, Sam McElhiney 0-5 0-0 0, Matt Witcik 1-1 0-0 3, Jason Stewart 1-1 0-2 2, Tanner Lafever 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-60 11-15 61.

Clinton    7    6    15    5    —    33

Pleasant Valley    22    11    10    18    —    61

3-point goals — Clinton 2-6 (Lewis 2-4, Jones 0-1, Gunderson 0-1), PV 4-16 (Arthofer 2-4, Witcik 1-1, Paul 1-3, Esters 0-1, Bohn 0-1, Dixon 0-1, McElhiney 0-2, Smith 0-2). Rebounds — Clinton 38 (Judd 11), PV 43 (Bryant 12). Assists — Clinton 4 (Jones 2), PV 12 (Dixon 6). Turnovers — Clinton 19, PV 11. Total fouls — Clinton 12, PV 12.

Sophomores — PV 52, Clinton 27

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