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North Harrison extends in overtime, drops Generals

North Harrison extends in overtime, drops Generals
North Harrison extends in overtime, drops Generals
North Harrison's Quinn Kaiser draws the assignment of Clarksville's Christian Stewart in the third quarter. Photo by Brian Smith

North Harrison saw its nine-point lead dwindle to a four-point deficit come the early part of the final quarter against visiting Clarksville last Tuesday.
Fighting back, senior Alex Flock scored five points in the final 5:30 while sophomores Max Flock and Quinn Kaiser scored to eventually force overtime.
In the extra session, the elder Flock nailed an early triple, prompting a North Harrison lead it wouldn’t surrender. The Cougars went on to win the Mid-Southern Conference bout with Clarksville, 66-59, in overtime for their 12th win of the campaign.
‘We gutted it out,’ North Harrison coach Kevin Jones said. ‘For the first time in my two years here, we gutted it out. It got to the feeling of our West Washington four-overtime game last year. We felt like we were going to get space, but shoot ourselves in the foot. But, we gutted it out.’
Clarksville started the final quarter with six straight points, prompting a 48-44 Generals’ lead. Saving the game from stretching further, Jake Book blocked a Clarksville transition scoring opportunity. Out of a time-out, North Harrison got to the line with Alex Flock sinking a single freebie. On the next possession, Max Flock cleaned up a bouncing ball off the backside of the rim for a put-back. Then, with 4:17 to go, Alex Flock drew contact on a drive to the lane. His free throws gave the Cougars a 49-48 lead.
It was back and forth inside the final minutes. Christian Stewart scored with 1:52 to go for Clarksville, evening the game again at 52-all. The score remained the same to the horn. North Harrison milked nearly 90 seconds off the clock on the game’s final possession. Alex Flock put up an off-target deep trey attempt at the top of the key.
‘We didn’t get the shot we wanted, but Clarksville didn’t get the last shot,’ Jones said. ‘I liked our chances playing at home in overtime but didn’t want them to have the opportunity for the last shot.’
Overtime saw the Cougars score early and utilize free-throw shooting to secure a victory.
An Alex Eveslage free throw and an Alex Flock long ball gave North Harrison a 56-52 lead. During the next two minutes, North Harrison went a perfect 10-for-10 at the stripe.
Clarksville’s Benett McEwen hit a 3-pointer with 45 seconds to go, cutting the Cougars’ lead at that time to 60-57. Two free throws by Alex Flock followed, prompting the gutsy win by the Cougars, who played half of the game without senior Chandler Jenkins.
‘Normally, we win games because we’re better offensively than somebody,’ Jones said. ‘Tonight, we weren’t good offensively and not great defensively, but, when we got to the overtime session, we did a good job getting stops.’
Jenkins left the game midway through the third quarter and didn’t return due to an injury.
A solid, all-around night was in the cards early for Jenkins. He assisted a pair of early buckets to Jake Troxell and Eveslage. Quinn Kaiser found Book on a quick back cut for points late in the opening quarter. Before leaving the game, Jenkins amassed 14 points.
On the opposite end, Clarksville big Alex Taylor was tough to fight on the block. He had eight of his 16 points in the opening half, including a score from the low block for a 26-22 lead.
‘Taylor is a beast inside,’ Jones said. ‘We talked all week that you have to fight him. If you allow him to get the post position he wants and don’t get help there, he can score.’
North Harrison battled back, using three Jenkins free throws and a triple by Kaiser in the final seconds to give the Cougars a 28-26 lead at the half.
‘Kaiser played big minutes for us,’ Jones said. ‘We’ve been on Quinn because he shot a couple in games that he doesn’t shoot in practice. Tonight, he hits a big 3-pointer, got some defensive rebounds and did well defensively. Max Flock had some big moments too. He had a rebound and put-back, hit free throws and took a huge charge. Those sophomores did a good job tonight.’
North Harrison scored the first seven points of the second half and seemed destined to run away with the game. Clarksville thought differently and outscored North Harrison 14-8 the rest of the frame, including an and-one conversion by Taylor near the end.
A nip-and-tuck fourth quarter forced overtime, which was closed out better by the Cougars.
‘We are 12-6 and, in the last 12 years, this is the second best record this school has had,’ Jones said. ‘We are heading in the right direction. We don’t know what Chandler will do going forward. We have to be the next man up whether it is Quinn, Max or (Jacob) Harmon. Eveslage has struggled a bit, but he’ll bounce back.’
Alex Flock led all scorers with 22 points but, according to coach, didn’t have his best shooting night.
‘We didn’t shoot the ball well,’ Jones said. ‘Alex was 4 of 17 and, when Chandler missed the last 10 to 12 minutes of the game, he’s someone we find to score when Alex is taken away. Tonight, Alex was a high-volume shooter when Chandler went out.’
Book closed the game with 11 points for North Harrison, while Troxell and Kaiser added six apiece.
Taylor led Clarksville with 16 points, while Stewart posted 12.
‘We’re at 12 wins. We’re happy but not satisfied,’ Jones said. ‘To grit one out, we didn’t play well in is nice.’
North Harrison will return to action tonight (Wednesday) when the Cougars play at Salem. On Friday, the Cougars will travel to Lanesville for a rescheduled game against the Eagles. Both contests will tip at 7:30 p.m.

Clarksville 15 11 16 10 7 ‘ 59
North Harrison 16 12 16 8 14 ‘ 66
Clarksville (7-13, 4-5 MSC)’ Taylor 16, Stewart 12, Leonhardt 9, B. McEwen 8, Hale 7, Van Winkle 5, Ludwick 2.
North Harrison (12-6, 5-3) ‘ A. Flock 22, Jenkins 14, Book 11, Troxell 6, Kaiser 6, M. Flock 4, Eveslage 3.
3-point goals ‘ Clarksville 3 (B. McEwen 2, Leonhardt); North Harrison 4 (A. Flock 2, Jenkins, Kaiser).