Reindeer run past Campbell for 75-67 win

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Clarkton's Tolby Richardson passes to a teammate as Campbell's Eugene Powers defends Tuesday night in Campbell. (Alex Abate/DAR)

By ALEX ABATE ~ DAR Sports Writer

CAMPBELL -- The Clarkton Reindeer wavered but didn't fall Tuesday on the road against Campbell.

After being up by as many as 20 in the second half, the Reindeer held off Campbell late, earning a 75-67 win.

Both Clarkton's Dustin Ferguson and Devaris Parker fouled out of the contest.

"With the foul trouble we had, I was really proud of the kids that were on the floor," Clarkton coach Scott Blackburn said. "We had (two) starters foul out and two other starters with four fouls. They didn't give up, they didn't get down and kept their positive approach."

The Camels (7-5) made their run at Clarkton (12-3) midway through the third quarter as Andrew Pearson hit a hoop with 4:20 remaining in the frame. Pearson capped off a 10-2 Camels run with another basket at the 2:21 mark in the third quarter to make it 49-37.

Clarkton led 57-44 after three quarters but Campbell started the quarter on a 5-1 run to make it 58-49 with 5:52 remaining. However, that was the closest the Camels would get until the waning moments of the contest.

"They have got several kids that can do some good things," Campbell coach Steve 75 we Fowler thought said. we "Late had , them kind of with their backs to the wall and we were going to try to make a push with them in foul trouble but they had several kids that 67 and stepped did some up tonight things well for them."

After starting slowly, Clarkton got things rolling in the second quarter. Devaris Parker made a 3-pointer from the left wing at the 5:40 mark and added two free throws at the 3:38 mark to jumpstart a 25-6 Clarkton run that was capped off by Justin Brown converting a 3-point play after being fouled on the second half of an alley-oop as time expired Clarkton led 36-23 at the half.

"We do the spurt thing," Blackburn said. "We have those spurts where everything goes well for a little bit and we are able to get a little bit of a lead."

Even though the Reindeer finished the first half strong, they struggled as it began. Pearson opened the game for the Camels with a bucket at the 6:09 mark and Jordan Baggett scored a layup after a steal at the 5:10 mark to put the Camels up 6-0 before a Clarkton timeout.

"I think the kids were ready and we came out with a lot of energy early and jumped on them a little bit," Fowler said.

The Reindeer the got their first field goal from DeAngelo White as he connected from the right baseline at the 5:10 mark of the opening quarter.

"That was the second game in a row we have came out like that, flat," said Clarkton's Tolby Richardson, who finished with a game-high 26 points. "We just couldn't hit our shots."

The fact the Reindeer got a road win over a major rival makes it that much more satisfying, Blackburn said.

"Coach Fowler does a heck of a job and they run a good program and their kids play hard," Blackburn said. "Anytime you get a win over here, you are ecstatic about it."

After the loss to Hayti on Friday, Clarkton had something to prove, Richardson said.

"We had a big blow at Hayti but we wanted to come in here and change all that " Richardson said. "We wanted , to come in here and show everybody we are for real."

Justin Brown finished with 17 points for the Reindeer, 14 of those coming in the second half. Ferguson added 13 points in the win.

Pearson was the high scorer for Campbell with 20 points while Jordan Baggett added 15.

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