Clinton boys basketball  coach Jordan Kelly proud of ‘fight’

By: 
Mickey Alvarado

Danny Spence (32) led Clinton's offense against Whiteford with 17 points and six rebounds. He was crowned homecoming king at halftime. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

By MICKEY ALVARADO
 
It was fight-night at Clinton High School on Friday, Feb. 10, with the Redskins battling to stay alive in its winter homecoming varsity boys basketball game against a scrappy Whiteford Bobcat squad.
 
Despite putting up a good fight in the first half, the Redskins dropped their arms in the second half and allowed the Bobcats to score enough points from the perimeter to secure a 75-54 Tri-County Conference (TCC) victory.
 
Clinton closed the first half trailing by eight points at 32-24 but Whiteford pulled away in the third quarter, outscoring Clinton 24-17.
 
“I was proud of the fight tonight,” said Clinton coach Jordan Kelly. “We never quit and kept playing hard. Whiteford is a very good team with great guards that can really shoot it. To their credit, they made some outside shots in the second half.”
 
The last time the Redskins played against Whiteford, on the road January 12, they lost by 48 points, falling 71-23.
 
“I thought we handled their pressure much better this time around, and we got some good shots at the basket,” said Kelly.
 
Clinton senior Danny Spence was crowned homecoming king at halftime. He led the Redskins into battle and finished with 17 points and six rebounds. Robbie Campbell added 11 points and seven rebounds for Clinton.
 
A “bad night” at Morenci left Clinton holding a 57-33 Tri-County Conference loss on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
 
The Bulldogs gained a big 18-4 lead by the end of the opening quarter and closed the first half up 28-10.
 
Morenci outscored the Redskins 29-17 in the second half to secure the TCC victory.
 
“We just had a bad night. Morenci shot the ball well, and we didn’t,” said coach Kelly. “We have to find ways to shoot the three better in order to get the lane to open back up for driving and our post guys.” 
 
Spence led the Redskins with 10 points and seven rebounds while Trevyr Curtis, Kyle Staelgraeve and Keegan Degner added six points each.
 
Clinton is now 3-13 overall and 2-9 in the TCC and travels to Sand Creek on Friday, Feb. 17 to face the undefeated Aggies.
 

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