DETROIT — The Detroit Eagles jumped out to a 4-0 early advantage in their attempt to upset the state ranked Clarksville Blue Tigers at home Tuesday night, but Clarksville responded with an 11-0 run of its own to take an 11-4 advantage when point guard Quay Scales nailed a jumper with 1:55 left in the opening quarter. From that point on, the Blue Tigers dominated the hard charging Eagles in a decisive 80-50 district victory. Clarksville also remained unbeaten in district with a 3-0 record.
With the Blue Tigers only suiting up eight players for the game, including junior Daquavion Griffin, who moved up from the JV, Scales joined his cousin, Neo Scales, in leading the Clarksville scoring attack with 25 and 22 points, respectively. Quay Scales also knocked down two of the Tigers five three point field goals in the game. Griffin came off the bench to deliver two, and Neo Scales added one from straight down the middle.
Clarksville, ranked 9th in Class 2A, forced turnovers during the game, and so did the Eagles, but Detroit was unable to keep up with the fast break attack that Coach Willie Coulter’s Tigers delivered. And then the presence of Neo Scales down low was also a problem.
The Blue Tigers led 17-9 at the end of the opening frame, but the Eagles would cut the deficit to 17-12 when K. Golightly was fouled on a 3-point field goal attempt. He delivered two of the free throw attempts with 5:37 remaining in the first half. With 4:39 left in the initial half, Quay Scales recorded a steal then fired a pass to Deontae Ricks who went in for a layup, pushing the Tigers to a double digit 23-12 advantage, and the Blue Tigers would maintain a double digit lead throughout the remainder of the game. The Clarksville lead was 38-21 at at the intermission.
Clarksville would enjoy a 25 point, 54-29 lead when Neo Scales scored down low with 2:26 remaining in period three, but the Blue Tigers advantage was 59-38 when the teams moved to the fourth quarter.
The defending district champion Tigers will return home on Friday night to entertain the McLeod Longhorns.
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Clarksville: 17 21 21 21 80
Detroit: 9 12 17 12 50
Clarksville scorers: Q. Scales, 25; N. Scales, 22; D. Tavie, 7; Griffin, 6; Moore, 6; Rose, 6; Gray, 6; Ricks, 2
Detroit scorers: Golightly, 13; D. Jones, 12; Huff, 7; Crutchfield, 6; Davis, 5; Gibson, 5; J. Hinson, 2
Clarksville 3PFGM: Q. Scales, 2; Griffin, 2; N. Scales, 1
Detroit 3PFGM: Davis, 1; Golightly, 1
Clarksville FT: 10-for-16
Detroit FT: 18-for-31
Clarksville girls beat Detroit
The Clarksville Lady Tigers continued to roll in district play, while keeping their record perfect with a 48-21 road win at Detroit High School on Tuesday night. Clarksville jumped out to an 8-1 advantage when Chakyrah Griffin scored inside with 2:59 left in the opening period, and Clarksville would never trail in the game.
The first period was a cold shooting quarter for both teams with Clarksville leading 8-4 when the teams moved to the second quarter. Detroit was only able to add four more points before the half, and meanwhile the Lady Tigers added a 13 point second quarter, to move to the intermission leading 21-8.
Detroit closed to within 21-10 to start the third when Stature scored inside, but the Lady Tigers would carry a 35-18 margin into the fourth.
A bucket from Griffin to start the final quarter triggered a 11-0 Clarksville run that extended the lead to 46-18 before the Lady Tigers cruised to victory.
Griffin led Clarksville in scoring with a game high 17 points, while LaQuesha Clark reached double figures with 11 points. Detroit was led by D. Stature with nine points.
Clarksville entertain the McLeod Lady Longhorns on Friday night.
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Clarksville: 8 13 14 13 48
Detroit: 4 4 10 3 21
Clarksville scorers: C. Griffin, 17; L. Clark, 11; Gill, 6; T. Rosser, 6; Reed, 4; Owens, 2; Jackson, 2
Detroit scorers: D. Stature, 9; Shelby, 4; Henderson, 2; Miller, 2; Rosser, 2; Jaynes, 1; Dennis, 1
Clarksville 3PFGM: N/A
Detroit 3PFGM: N/A
Clarksville FT: 8-for-13
Detroit FT: 2-for-10