Clarendon ends BIC's state tournament hopes
Clarendon brought an end to Buffalo Island Central’s season Thursday night at the 2A Regional Tournament in Marked Tree. The Lions jumped on the Mustangs early and cruised to a 59-41 victory.
Clarendon (26-4) bolted to a 10-2 start and led 16-7 after the first period. The Lions stretched their advantage to 20-7 on a thunderous two-handed dunk by junior Maalik Cartwright with 5:27 left in the first half. The Mustangs fought back, scoring seven straight points. Noah Teeter got the BIC run started with a short jumper. Andrew McFarlin followed with a long three pointer before Canon Walling capped off the rally with a 12-footer from the baseline. J’Darrius Smith ended the Mustang run with an offensive stick-back at the 2:03 mark to put the Lions back up, 22-14. Walling answered with a triple from beyond the top of the key to slice the Lion lead to 22-17, but Clarendon scored the last four points of the half to take a 26-17 lead into intermission.
The Lions widened their margin in the third quarter, outscoring the Mustangs 12-5, grabbing a 38-22 advantage heading into the final frame. Walling scored all five Mustang points in the third stanza. Smith tacked on eight more for the Lions in the final frame as Clarendon built as much as a 24 point lead.
Smith scored a game high 21 points to lead Clarendon, who hit 11-18 foul shots while shooting a crisp 53 percent from the field.
Walling topped the Mustangs with 16 points. McFarlin scored eight, Chayse Carmichael had five, Teeter tallied four while Logan Harrison and Taylor Gipson chipped in three points apiece. Drake Mitchell added two points. BIC struggled from the field, hitting just 35 percent of their shots. The Mustangs went to the foul line three times, making one. BIC dropped in eight three pointers.
Each team committed 14 turnovers on the night. BIC ends the season with a 13-14 slate.