GREENFIELD — With six three-pointers, Nick Chowning scored a game-high 28 points Monday as Clinton-Massie defeated McClain 52-47 in South Central Ohio League basketball at the MHS gym.
Massie head coach Dustin Eads said it was a lineup change and the presence of freshman Daulton Wolfe that contributed to Chowning’s eagle-eye at the rim.
“We moved Wolfe to the point guard and that freed up Chowning to do what he does best and that is shoot the basketball,” Eads said after the game. “Wolfe did a great job handling the basketball and he got us where we needed to be. For a freshman coming in, to do it the way he did tonight, I’m just proud of all the hard work he’s put in and it’s paying off right now.”
Wolfe was an integral part of the Falcons assist-turnover ratio in this one — 13 team assists on 17 made baskets and just nine total turnovers..
“That just shows how unselfish we were today,” said Eads. “Nine turnovers is 10 under our average.”
Clinton-Massie is now 7-13 overall and 4-10 in the SCOL. McClain falls to 4-15 overall and 2-11 in the league.
Matt Barton canned four three-pointers to lead the Tigers in scoring with 12 points.
But it was Chowning who stole the show.
The 5-9 junior guard was red-hot through three quarters, netting 26 points as the Falcons led 44-36 going into the final period.
Chowning had two three-pointers in the first and three in the second as the Falcons built a 31-21 advantage.
He had his best quarter in the third when he hit from all points on the floor and totaled 11 points. But the Falcons lost a couple points on their lead at 44-36.
But Wolfe hit 4-for-4 at the free throw line in the fourth and Chowning scored his only two points in the fourth from the line as Massie held on for the win.
In all, the Falcons were 6-for-11 at the line in the fourth but the Tigers were unable to take advantage of those missed opportunities.
Noah Greathouse had a couple of three-pointers and finished with 11 points for Dustin Eads’ squad.
The Falcons again were short-handed without the services of Trey Uetrecht, who did not dress. “We were undersized without Trey but everybody on the floor really fought hard to not let them get as many offensive rebounds as they did against us the first game,” said Eads. “We were fighting them on every rebound.”
Feb 8, 2016
@Edward McClain High School
Clinton-Massie 52 McClain 47
(52) CLINTON-MASSIE (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Chowning 9-6-4/4-28 Greathouse 4-2-1/3-11 Myers 1-0-0-1 Demler 1-0-0-1 Wolfe 2-1-4/4-9 LeForge 0-0-0-0 Boyd 0-0-0/3-0. TOTALS 17-9-9/14-52
(47) McCLAIN (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Starkey 4-0-3/6-11 Barton 4-4-0-12 Mischal 4-1-0/1-9 Hardesty 1-1-0-3 Hollar 0-0-0-0 O’Conner 1-0-0-2 Dean 1-0-2/2-4 Peck 3-0-0-6 Gray 0-0-0-0. TOTALS 18-6 5/9-47
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