McClintock overcame 1st period jitters, then exploded on Independence to advance to the 4A Final Four with a 50-42 win Friday night at Doc Zinke Gymnasium in Tempe.
The Chargers were content to play street ball
with Indy for a period and a half, but then came alive with a pressing, full
court defense that turned the tide.
Indy led 13-7 after the 1st
period. The Patriots stretched the lead to 7 early in the 2nd with
aggressive play coming up with nearly every loose ball and
But then the Chargers cranked up the pressure defensively.
Indy had no press breaker to counter ‘Tock's intense D. That was the
turning point of the game as McClintock closed out the half down only
The 3rd period started with 4 Indy turnovers and sloppy
defense. McClintock took full advantage behind Marcus Nicholson's 5
crucial points……..an uncharacteristic 17 footer and a 3-pointer from the top
of the key.
Jermaine Calvin and Gabe Freeman scored inside and before you
could gather your senses, McClintock was up 36-27 with 2:00 remaining in the
3rd. The game was essentially over as Indy scored only 4 points in the
Mc led at the end of the 3rd, 39-29.
The 4th period
accented all the missed free throws by the Patriots. Indy must have
missed 15 charity tosses in the game. Not that it would've made a
difference in the game's outcome, it sure would've kept Indy
‘Tock went into its spread offense down the home stretch and
closed out the game with adequate free throw shooting.
Indy's Enoch Christian did a fantastic job on Jermaine Calvin
defensively. Christian held the state's quickest point guard to 9
points on the evening, a miraculous feat.
$$$ The gym was ¾ full,
with a very enthusiastic crowd. The McClintock students brought
newspapers to the game and pretended to read them while Indy was being
introduced prior to the game. That's a creative stunt I've never seen
before. Very confident, very cocky………….and deservedly so.
had the athletes to compete with ‘Tock. More so than any other team
I've seen. But the Patriots lacked confidence in their ability to handle the press and that cost them the game.
McClintock showed an
ability to quickly transform itself from a tit-for-tat player into a
monster. The way ‘Tock came out of a 2nd period timeout with a
completely different defensive personality was frightening. Not many
teams can turn on the juice so quickly.
$$$No team 4A Final
Four team can beat McClintock, I'm convinced after tonight's show.
Mail it in!
Here's the box score:
INDEPENDENCE- Xavier Newbill 12,
Francisco Ayala 10, Enoch Christian 10, Devin McPeak 9, Cameron Douglas
1 McCLINTOCK- Gabe Freeman 20, Jermaine Calvin 9, Marcus Nicholson 8, Leonard
Lighten 4, Javier Estrada 3, Wes Sells 2, Terrance Cobb 2, Rudy Fleming
McClintock explodes on Indy, Advances to Final 4
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