Indians, Redskins battle for bragging rights

Tecumseh’s Trey Mitchell leaps for the hoop as Clinton’s Noah Poore tries to distract him. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

TECUMSEH — Rimmed out shots and missed opportunities led to Clinton’s varsity boys basketball team losing 43-32 at Tecumseh High School on Tuesday evening in non-conference action.
 
The Redskins struggled to get their offense rolling as Tecumseh’s defense kept constant pressure on Clinton’s shooters, but closed the first quarter down by just three points (11-8) with a three pointer from Noah Poore just before the buzzer.
 
Tecumseh outscored Clinton 11-6 in the second quarter to take a 22-14 lead into halftime.
 
“After two big wins, we’ve taken steps backwards on offense and in our ability to make shots,” said Clinton coach Mike Ruhl. “Our defense has been good enough to win and the effort is there, but we have to work together better to score the ball.” 
 
The third quarter’s offensive pace slowed with both teams scoring only single digits. Tecumseh added nine points to Clinton’s six to head into the final frame with an 11-point, 31-20, lead.
 
Both teams featured their best offensive efforts in the final quarter as both scored 12 points to finish the game.
 
“The fourth quarter was much better, but then we missed a lot of the good shots we were creating for each other,” said Ruhl.
 
Dylan Smith scored 12 points to lead the Indians’ offense while teammate Trey Mitchell added 10 points. Jordan Patterson and Sam Benschoter each added seven points for Tecumseh.
 
Jason Ahrens led Clinton (3-5, 3-1 TCC) with 10 points while teammate Poore added seven points and four rebounds. Clinton’s Joe Spence finished with six points and seven rebounds.
 

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