|Fri, Mar 07, 2014 10:50 AM
February 05, 2014 | 12:09 PM
Thirty-two minutes of basketball weren't enough to separate two of the top teams in the state in a marquee matchup Friday night in Corydon.
Clarksville — the No. 2 team in Class 2A — and host Corydon Central — the No. 4 team in Class 3A — gave the fans their money's worth, but, despite Corydon Central putting five players in double figures, it wasn't enough to overcome a stellar 42-point night by Clarksville senior guard Calvin McEwen. The visiting Generals (11-1, 4-0 Mid-Southern Conference) edged the Panthers, 79-76, in an overtime thriller that was nip and tuck from gate to wire.
Coupled with McEwen's output, senior guards Andrew Jones (18) and D.J. Coleman (11) combined to score 71 of their team's 79 points. McEwen was 14 of 15 from the line and scored eight of his team's 11 points in the extra period.
Starters for both clubs accounted for all but two points in the affair.
"We didn't get to (McEwen) early enough. He made a lot of great plays, and we just let him get to the middle too much," Corydon Central coach Jamie Kolkmeier said of Clarksville's nimble guard. "I'm not sure they were running much of anything offensively. He just held the ball up front and went. We should have went at him a little earlier and got the ball out of his hands."
For Corydon Central (10-2, 3-1 MSC), it was the first loss this season to a team north of the Ohio River. The only other setback was a 63-43 decision to Covington Catholic (Ky.) on Jan. 11 at Freedom Hall in Louisville. The Panthers remain undefeated in Class 3A.
The Panthers held an 18-12 lead at the end of the first quarter before pushing the advantage to 28-20 in the second. Clarksville rallied with a 3-pointer and a lay-up to trim the deficit to 30-27 at the break.
Kolkmeier said the flurry wound up being a pivotal point in the game.
"They made a couple of really good plays there. The bottom line is, when we had a chance to open it up in the first half, we didn't do it," Corydon Central's coach said.
McEwen, who had 11 points at halftime, opened things up in the second half. He sank a pair of free throws to give the Generals a 47-45 lead with 40 seconds left in the third as part of a 7-0 run. Corydon Central senior guard Tommy Wiseman came back at the top of the key at the other end, however, stroking a three over Jones' out-stretched hand to end the quarter with his team on top, 48-47.
Corydon Central pushed the margin to seven midway through the final stanza, but, with 3:21 left, McEwen hit a triple for a 62-61 Corydon Central lead.
Senior guard Brayden Lander hit a free throw for Corydon Central, which was answered at the other end by a slicing drive from McEwen.
Bronson Kessinger broke a 63-all tie with a bucket inside for the Panthers, but Clarksville's Jones bottomed a three to give his club the lead with 2:30 left then hit another goal for a 68-65 lead for the Generals at the 1:23 mark.
Kessinger came through again with an old-fashioned three for a 68-all tie with just more than a minute left. At the other end, Wiseman came up with a steal in the corner, but the possession was short-lived as Jones came up with a steal for the Generals.
Clarksville whittled time off the clock, then McEwen drove inside for a shot attempt that was blocked out of bounds by Lander with 7.6 seconds left.
Clarksville inbounded, and Jones attempted a high-arcing shot from the free-throw line over Wiseman and Lander. The ball landed on the back iron and rested for a moment before rolling off. Jones tried to tip the ball in, but again he was off the mark, sending the game into overtime.
Kessinger got the first bucket for Corydon Central in the extra period, then McEwen answered with a deuce at the other end.
McEwen sank a pair of free throws, and Marquise Parrish hit a deuce for a 74-70 Clarksville lead.
Lander hit two free throws, and Wiseman added another single to make it 74-73 with 1:11 left.
After McEwen hit from the charity stripe, the Generals had a chance to put the game away with 17.9 remaining, when Coleman toed the line for two free throws. He hit the first for a 77-74 lead but missed the second. Kessinger came down with the rebound, and Timothy Wiseman raced through the lane for a lay-up. Corydon Central immediately fouled with 10.5 left, sending McEwen to the line.
Clarksville's sharp-shooter dropped in two more free throws to set the final score. A potential game-tying triple by Lander was off the mark.
Corydon Central was 29 of 49 from the floor for 59 percent, including a red-hot 8-11 in the final period, and Clarksville shot 28 of 56 for 50 percent. Clarksville sank seven shots from beyond the arc in 18 attempts, and Corydon Central was 4-8 on threes. From the line, Corydon Central went 14 of 19, and Clarksville went 16 of 19.
Rebounds were fairly even with Corydon Central winning the battle 25-22, and turnovers were close with 11 for the Panthers and eight for the Generals.
Timothy Wiseman and Mitchell Frederick had 10 points apiece, Lander finished with 16, Tommy Wiseman had 19 and Kessinger ended with 21.
"You play a game at this level with two good teams like this, and you don't take advantage of your opportunities to open up a lead when you have it, and at the end of the game, if you are going to miss free throws and lay-ups, it's really hard to win," Kolkmeier said.
Clarksville 12 15 20 21 11 – 79
Corydon Central 18 12 18 20 8 – 76
Clarksville – McEwen 42, Coleman 11, Parrish 6, Jones 18, Guenthner 2.
Corydon Central – Ti. Wiseman 10, To. Wiseman 19, Lander 16, Frederick 10, Kessinger 21.
3-point goals – Clarksville 7 (McEwen, Jones 4, Coleman 2); Corydon 4 (Ti. Wiseman 2, To. Wiseman 2).