Clinton uses late run to push past Gators

Published 12:38 am Saturday, February 11, 2012

CLINTON — A cold spell at the wrong time and some missed block outs cost Vicksburg in the Division 3-6A tournament championship game Friday night at a noisy Arrows Gym.

Clinton capitalized on Vicksburg’s missed shots to go on a decisive 8-0 run, then had two baskets off missed free throws in the final 1:30 to beat the Gators 66-60.

Clinton (23-5) advanced to host a Class 6A North State boys satellite game on Tuesday. Vicksburg (10-16) must travel to Division 1-6A champ DeSoto Central on Tuesday.

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Despite the loss in the finals, Vicksburg coach Dellie C. Robinson was glad to see his young team challenge the Arrows.

“We played an outstanding game for the most part,” Robinson said. “We just had some missed shots and two times we didn’t get the rebound after a missed free throw. We had our chances.”

Vicksburg led 46-44 going into the fourth quarter and was tied at 48 with 5:37 left. A three-point play by Robert Yunkin put Clinton ahead. A 3-pointer by Anfernee Felton capped the 8-0 run to put the Arrows up 56-48.

Clinton had been perfect from the free throw line, making 15 in a row until the final three minutes. Yet when they finally did miss, Marcus Washington and Domonic Davis beat the block out and made the key putback. Davis’ bucket made it 60-49 with 1:27 left.

“Domonic got us a big rebound and Marcus did too,” Clinton coach Clay Norton said. “Both teams had to weather some storms. I thought Vicksburg played a great game. But to win this was really big for us. Clinton had not won a division title since 2004 or 2005.”

The Gators’ loss spoiled a standout game from sophomore point guard Edward Davis. He scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, dished out 11 assists, grabbed seven rebounds and had three steals.

Most of his assists went to the perimeter as the Gators shot 50 percent through the first three quarters.

DeAngelo Richardson and Shaquille Bracey each had 12 points for Vicksburg. DeAndre King added 10.

Clinton got 19 points from Domonic Davis, 18 from Felton and another 15 from Washington.