Tecumseh rocked at Clinton, loses by 19

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Tecumseh’s Ben Kasper (center) tries to hit the paint but gets stopped by Clinton’s Marco Nunzi (34) and T.J. Baker. Photo by Mickey Alvarado.

After going into its non-conference varsity boys basketball game against undefeated Clinton (0-6) Tuesday, Dec. 18, with an overall record of 0-2, Tecumseh’s Indians had a disappointing outing and added another check mark to their loss column. The Redskins controlled the court in all but the opening quarter and finished with a huge 19-point, 63-44 rivalry win.

Ben Kasper led the Indians to a first quarter 13-11 lead by tagging six of his 13 game points in the stanza.

The Redskins and their fans began rocking the house in the second quarter with TJ Baker and five other Clinton players hitting the net for a 27-20 lead by the end of the first half.

Tecumseh was limited to only seven points in both the second and third quarters while Clinton dumped in double digits in all four quarters.

Baker recorded nine of his 16 total points in the first half for Clinton. Grant Clark highlighted the fourth and final quarter by hitting four shots from the field to push his total take at the net to 14 points.

Kyle Bryan and Casey Hunt totaled eight points each for the Indians while Ben Vannatter added six on two three pointers in the final quarter.

The rivalry game was also a blowout last year but with a twist — Tecumseh dominated Clinton for a big 67-23 victory led by the Indians’ new head coach Marc Comstock. The Redskins, led by coach Mike Ruhl, won the contest the two previous years.

Tecumseh falls to Jets in overtime by just one point

The Indians were very close to picking up their first win of the season at home against Carleton Airport on Friday, Dec. 14, but lost by just one point (38-37) to the Jets.

A solid opening quarter had the Indians up 15-10 with Kasper and Vannatter each hitting the net from outside the three-point arch to help build the five-point lead.

Jacob Britt led the Indians’ offense in the first half with eight points and Vannatter added another three-pointer, but Airport had four players score nine points in the quarter to cut the gap to 22-19 at the end of the first half.

Five points from Britt and another two from Kyle Bryan outdid Airport’s offensive effort by just one point in the third quarter.

The Indians’ 29-25 lead heading into the final quarter didn’t hold up long with the Jets forcing the game into overtime. Airport outscored Tecumseh 10-6 in the fourth quarter and won the game with three points to the Indians two in overtime.

Nick Coffin scored his only two points of the game in overtime for Tecumseh. Britt led the Indians with 16 points.

The Jets’ Scott McCormick was the game-high scorer with 21 points.

Tecumseh was scheduled to play next on Friday, Dec. 21, at Monroe and doesn’t hit the court again until facing the Bluestreaks, January 4, at Ida.

Clinton slams door on Bulldogs, win 61-46

Clinton slammed the net and visiting Morenci for a big 61-46 Tri-County Conference victory on Friday, Dec. 14.

The Bulldogs outplayed Clinton in the first half, but the Redskin defense in the 3rd quarter was the difference.

“We’re winning and that’s good,” said Clinton coach Ruhl. “I’d like to see some more fire in the first half of games, though. When we are really playing team defense with effort, it feeds the offense.”

Baker led Clinton’s offence against Morenci with 16 points and six rebounds while Clark added 14 points and nine rebounds. Clinton’s Marco Nunzi added 12 points and six assists; Ricky Miller, seven points, 10 rebounds and three blocks; Cullen Zimmerman, five points and three assists; Mike Mistopoulos, four points; and Luke Schaffner, three points.

Clinton plays next at Whitmore Lake on Friday, Dec. 21, and follows with a January 8, game at Summerfield.

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