Second conference win puts Maroons 21-1

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CLINTON — It was estimated to be a tight rematch of the only game the Maroons have lost so far this season.  The Warriors of Tuscola invaded the confines of Clinton High School’s main gym to do battle on “Gene Vance Court” against the hometown Maroons. 

The venue was packed with Maroons and Vic Binkley fans. 

This was the Maroons’ second match-up against the Warriors this season, suffering a loss in the first game.

The question was, would the home court advantage make a difference this time?

The varsity teams hit the hardwood with purpose.  The Maroons seemed to have little trouble with the Warriors defense, taking an early 16-11 lead into the second quarter. 

The Maroons did their most damage in this period, scoring five 3-pointers to exit to the locker room at the half with a 35-21 lead. 

The Warriors came out after the half looking to do battle again.  They put up a good scoring run, but the Maroons bested them by two points and kept their lead, this time 52-36. 

The final quarter saw the opposition actually outscore the home team as the reserves came into the game, but only by a point.  The Maroons were victorious again, now with a record of 21-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play.

The Warriors are now 17-3 and 0-2 in conference play. 

The pace for the Maroons was set by Mason Walker (#3) with 23 points including five 3-pointers.  Also in double figures for the Maroons were Brooks Cluver (#12) with 18 points with two 3-pointers and the other Walker, Coltan, with 16 points including three 3-pointers.  That is a total of ten 3-pointers in the game for the Maroons.

In the junior varsity game, the Maroons blasted off with 14 points to the Warriors’ 8 for the 6-point lead going into the second quarter. 

The next quarter saw the Warriors regain some momentum and chip away at the Maroons’ lead, which was 24-20 at halftime. 

Both teams were lost in the third quarter with the home team scoring only 2 points to the oppositions’ 4.  This gave the Maroons a slim 2-point lead headed for the final quarter. 

Both teams were a little better in the final quarter of the JV game with the Maroons gaining back one point to get a hard fought 3-point win, 38-35. 

The JV Maroons were paced by Anthony Westbrooks (#0) and Keagen Daughtrey (#25) each with 10 points including two 3-pointers each.  Jaxon Reynolds (#1) added 9 points, also including two 3-pointers.