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St. Clair Suffers Home Setback to Park Hills Central

January 27, 2014
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Another game, another close outcome for the St. Clair Bulldogs.

Playing a home boys basketball contest Tuesday against Park Hills Central, St. Clair (3-10) fell short in a 67-61 setback.

“We couldn’t get the stop when we needed it. We did some great things on offense and worked really hard to get good shots to cut into their lead,” said St. Clair Head Coach Casey Korn. “After a great offensive possession, we just couldn’t get that big stop.”

After opening the season with three losses at the Borgia Turkey Tournament, the Bulldogs have lost seven games since then, six of which have been by six points or less.

Two of their three wins have been by single digits, meaning since the Turkey Tournament, eight of the Bulldogs’ 10 games have been decided by single digits.

“Our kids are getting better. I’m proud of the way they’ve come to work every day and you can see the growth. They are starting to understand the game of basketball and what we are trying to accomplish,” Korn said. “We need to learn how to close out games. Winning is a skill and teams that win year in and year out have that confidence that they are going to win in any circumstance. We’re not there yet. We’re starting to understand the value of every possession. I’m proud of the work ethic and I really do feel we can make a run and start winning some of these close games. I have the ultimate amount of confidence in these kids because of how they are preparing and learning.”  

St. Clair and Park Hills Central were tied 26-26 at halftime, despite the fact that the Rebels jumped to an early 8-0 lead.

The difference came in the third quarter, where Central outscored the Bulldogs 20-12 to grab a 46-38 advantage heading into the final eight minutes.

“We played a pretty good game other than the first four minutes of each half. We started down 8-0 and had eight turnovers. We settled down and became stronger with the ball,” Korn said. “They were an athletic team that knocked down shots from the outside. They went 10 deep, subbing out rotations at times, which allowed them fresh legs during their press.”

Reno Jones led the Bulldogs with 26 points on 10-15 shooting from the field to go with eight rebounds, five assists and two steals. He was 5-6 from the free-throw line.

“For two games in a row, Jones hasn’t settled for jump shots and has attacked the rim. He was able to get to the free-throw line and get layups,” Korn said. “He is really improving that part of his game and once he finds his outside shot again, he will be really hard to stop.”

Damon Arnold finished with 16 points, going 4-6 from three-point range. He pulled down six rebounds.

Kyler Waldo netted 10 points.

Keola Bursey added three points, five rebounds and three assists.

Harley Love, Kevin Cox and Darrell Martin each scored two points.

Also playing were Charlie Fuchs, Wyatt Wachter, Terrance Stahlman and Gavin Marler.


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