Clarendon thwarts second half Mustang comeback in State quarterfinals

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Buffalo Island Central's second half comeback bid fell just short in Monday afternoon's Class 2A State Tournament quarterfinals at Hampton, as Clarendon held off the Mustangs, 55-49.

The top seeded Lions from the East Region clung to a 15-14 lead after the opening quarter, but managed to gain some breathing room in the second period, outscoring BIC 17-5 to take a 32-19 lead into the dressing room at the half.

BIC fought back in the third stanza, out pointing the Lions 18-12 to close the deficit to 44-37 entering the final frame.

The Mustangs continued their rally in the fourth quarter, closing the gap to just one point at the 2:08 mark, but the Lions closed the game out at the charity stripe to advance to Tuesday's semi-finals, ending BIC's season.

Both teams struggled from the foul line with the Mustangs connecting on just 12-23 attempts while Clarendon made just 14-28 foul shots. BIC connected on only one three pointer on the day, well off their norm, while the Lions drained three treys.

Austin Pike recorded a double-double, scoring 16 points while snaring 10 rebounds. Nick Bollinger and Jacob Sanders closed their Mustang careers with 12 points apiece. Alan Carmichael contributed six while Seth Eatmon chipped in three points.

Richard Knox poured in a game high 24 points to lead the Lions while Styleen Tyler pitched in 12.

BIC finishes the season with a 30-7 record.

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