The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


January 4, 2014

Boys basketball: River Kings return to winning


"Going into each game, we really emphasize the first few minutes of each half," Lawrence said. "I thought we came out with a lot of energy in that stretch, forced some turnovers, had a couple big energetic plays that got us going."

Three big players who put that streak to life were Jon Cady with six points, Derrick Howard with five made free throws and Jones with two baskets in which one of them was a fastbreak dunk.

That 12-0 run was much needed toward the fourth quarter when the Blue Devils strung up a little streak during its 26-point fourth quarter.

"We mismanaged some things during that time," Lawrence said. "We had some lazy passes, didn't convert on our free throws like we should have, and if we do those things, I don't think the contest would have been as close as it was."

One of the most noticeable disadvantages to Iowa high school basketball is that the Iowa High School Athletic Association does not allow schools to have sanctioned games over the holiday break.

Schools are allowed to scrimmage but not have tournaments, much like the tournaments held in Illinois before Christmas and in between Dec. 25 and New Year's Eve. Lawrence would like to see that changed.

"I don't think you'll find a coach in Iowa who wouldn't want to play in holiday tournaments," he said. "This time of the year is almost a new season within a season with the long layover. I absolutely would love to see that."

Clinton returns to the floor Tuesday night when Davenport Assumption comes to town for a girls-boys doubleheader.


DAVENPORT CENTRAL (4-4) — Troy Weiman 0 0-0 0, Tyler Hoeksema 3 0-0 8, Geo Butler 8 1-5 18, Nick Hairston 1 1-3 3, Ryan Kurth 1 0-0 2, Matthew Moran 5 4-6 15, Tim Rummels 3 3-4 9, Pachino Hill 1 0-2 2, Dei Ron De La Rosa 2 0-0 5. Totals 24 9-20 62.

CLINTON (5-2) — Robbie Thacker 0 2-4 2, Zach Pope 1 6-8 9, Jalen Jones 6 7-8 20, Jon Cady 3 2-4 8, Colin Jones 0 0-0 0, Ashley Jones 0 2-2 2, Derrick Howard 3 5-6 12, Cole Pennock 0 0-0 0, Thomas Smith 0 0-2 0, Brady Ernst 6 2-3 15. Totals 18 26-37 68.

Davenport Central      13     12     11     26     —     62

Clinton                         15     15     21     17     —     68

3-point goals — Davenport Central 5 (Hoeksema 2, Butler, Moran, De La Rosa); Clinton 4 (Pope, Jones, Howard, Ernst). Total fouls — Central 27, Clinton 22. Fouled out — Hairston, Kurth, Rummels, De La Rosa, Jones, Ernst.

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