The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

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February 26, 2014

Cougars claim win in league

CLINTON — Continuing its improved play late in the season, Clinton Community College won its first conference game of the season Tuesday, beating Southwestern Community College 66-59 in a game that had been postponed several times because of bad weather.

The win was the second straight for the Cougars (3-22), who moved into a tie with the Spartans (8-19) at 1-11 in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference games.

“It feels pretty good to beat a team in the conference,” Clinton CC coach Joe Shovlain said. “It shows the improvement. We lost by 16 to them out there. Our guys had total confidence they were going to win. They’re making huge strides.”

The Cougars did have some problems against the Spartans, who like to play a slower-tempo game. Clinton led just 28-27 at halftime, trailed midway through the second half and never could break away.

“We didn’t get out and run like we like to,” Shovlain said. “It ended up being a lot closer game than I thought. We were the much better team, but we played to their level a bit. We ended up falling a bit.”

The Cougars trailed by five points with about seven minutes remaining, then did what they needed to do to win.

“When we needed to, the guys came together and did what it takes to win,” Shovlain said. “Kimani (Stevens) really stepped up when needed and made shots when we needed them. Tre Gaines made a big runner in the lane.

“It was kind of like going to the dentist; it was painful, but you felt good when it was over.”

Stevens led Clinton with 16 points, while Samuel Bil scored 12 and Travis Witt added 10. Mataika Koyamainavure led Southwestern with 20 points.

The Cougars play their final home game of the season at 7 tonight when Iowa Lakes comes to Yourd Gym for Blackout Night.

CLINTON CC 66, SOUTHWESTERN CC 59

SOUTHWESTERN (8-19, 1-11) — Mataika Koyamainavure 10 0-0 20, Elliott Hamdeed 6 0-0 15, Nick Lenhard 0 2-4 2, Jared Theis 3 0-0 6, Tanner Kellogg 6 0-0 13, Dylan Tucker 1 1-2 3, Nikola Drobnjak 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 3-6 59.

CLINTON CC (3-22, 1-11) — Trevion Gaines 2 2-2 6, Travis Witt 5 0-0 10, Dione Blyden 3 1-2 8, Kimani Stevens 6 4-4 16, BeeJay Caleb 2 2-2 6, Samuel Bil 3 4-4 12, Onterior Brown 4 0-0 8. Totals 25 13-14 66.

Halftime — Clinton 28-27. 3-point goals — Southwestern 4 (Hamdeed 3, Kellogg); Clinton 3 (Bil 2, Blydon). Total fouls — Southwestern 15, Clinton 7. Fouled out — Koyamainavure. Technical foul — Stevens.

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