The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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February 21, 2014

Cougars starting to turn the corner

CEDAR RAPIDS — Sure, it was another loss for the Clinton Community College Cougars, but Cougars coach Joe Shovlain believes his team is starting to turn the corner.

Kirkwood defeated Clinton 69-55 in Cedar Rapids.

“We are improving,” Shovlain said. “I have to credit my team - they play hard and do not give up despite the adversity we face.”

Clinton gave up five points in the final minute of the first half to the Eagles, which they took that momentum into the second half where their lead got to 21 points.

In the first game against Kirkwood, the Cougars lost 94-60.

In this game, however, Clinton shot 33 percent while Kirkwood shot 49 percent. Bench play was a big key for the Cougars as Samuel Bil scored 15 points while Travis Witt scored 10 points. Dione Blyden led starters with 11 points.

For the Eagles, JC Fuller led with 17 points, followed by Joseph Tagarelli scoring 15 points.

KIRKWOOD 69, CLINTON CC 55

CLINTON CC — Trevion Gaines 2 0-0 4, Dione Blyden 4 0-0 11, Kimani Stevens 3 2-4 9, Onterier Brown 1 0-0 2, BeeJay Caleb 1 2-2 4, Travis Witt 3 2-3 10, Samuel Bil 4 4-6 15. Totals 18 10-15 55.

KIRKWOOD — Ajay Lawton 2 3-5 8, JC Fuller 6 4-4 17, Jalen Currie 3 3-3 9, Myzeah Batie-Gaddy 2 5-8 10, Joseph Tagarelli 7 1-2 15, Matthew Lassen 3 0-0 8, Austin Swank 0 0-0 0, Joseph Weeks 1 0-0 2, Henry Uwadiae 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 16-24 69.

Halftime: Kirkwood 34, Clinton 27.

3-point goals — Clinton 9 (Blyden 3, Bil 3, Witt 2, Stevens); Kirkwood 5 (Lassen 2, Lawton, Fuller, Batie-Gaddy). Total fouls — Clinton 15, Kirkwood 13. Fouled out — Caleb.

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