News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 3, 2013

Clay City downs White River Valley to win sectional

Tom Reck
Tribune-Star Correspondent

SWITZ CITY — Clay City won one for Blake in high school boys basketball Saturday night.

The Eels defeated White River Valley 44-42 to win the WRV Class A Sectional for the second straight year.

Clay City will take a 15-8 record into the Martinsville Class A Regional against Jac-Cen-Del next Saturday.

Senior Blake Cesinger suffered a concussion late in Friday’s game against Shakamak and could not play against WRV. He sat on the CC bench with a bandage on his head.

“We wanted Blake to be able to play at least one more game. This one was for him,” said brother Logan following the contest while being congratulated by fans and posing for pictures.

Logan Cesinger had 10 points in the championship game while Trevor Singer had 13 to lead the winners, and Steven Phillips added nine off the bench.

The score was tied twice in the first period before Michael Fisher hit two free throws to give the host team a 9-7 lead.

Singer had a personal 7-0 run for the Eels in the second stanza to boost his team into a 20-18 advantage at halftime.

Colten Gregory had six points for the Wolverines in the third quarter while Logan Cesinger had seven for the winners. The teams were deadlocked at 34-34 going into the final eight minutes.

Cade Hill hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game to give WRV a 37-34. Philllips then converted a four-point play, and the Eels were up 38-37.

The game was tied again at 40 after Mitch Ingram hit a free throw and basket before Phillips crammed in a rebound shot to put the Eels in front 42-40 with just over two minutes left in the game.

“I never have seen one [a four-pointer] before. I was glad it helped us,” said Phillips.

Josh Miller and Evan Rogers hit free throws to give the Eels a 44-40 lead with 32.3 seconds to play.

Gregory’s bucket made it a two-point game and the Wolverines had the last shot after Clay City turned the ball over with 10.2 seconds left.

WRV had two shots in the final seconds.

Hill led the Wolverines with 12 points and Gregory had 10 for the host team.

Clay City coach Vance Edmondson said other players stepped up with the only senior on the CC roster on the sidelines.

“WRV was tough. We made one more play. … Phillips’ 4-pointer was huge for us,” he said.

“I don’t think much was expected of us with our young team. I knew the pieces were there if we could put them together,” the coach said.



WHITE RIVER VALLEY (42) — Fisher 2-7 2-2 7, Mowery 1-1 0-0 2, Ingram 2-6 1-3 5, Gamble 1-6 4-4 6, Ca Hill 4-9 0-0 12, Gregory 5-5 0-0 10, Barnett 0-0 0-0 0, Koenig 0-0 0-0 0, English 0-0 0-0 0, Cornelius 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-34 FG, 7-9 FT, 42 TP

CLAY CITY (44) — L. Cesinger 4-7 1-2 10, Rogers 0-2 2-4 2, Miller 0-0 2-4 2, Booe 3-4 1-2 8, Singer 4-10 3-4 13, Yocum 0-1 0-0 0, Myers 0-0 0-0 0, Phillips  3-4 1-1 9. Totals 14-28 FG, 10-17 FT, 44 TP

WRV    9    9    16    8    — 42

Clay City    7    13    14    10    — 44

3-point goals: WRV 5-18 (Fisher 1-4, Ingram 0-2, Gamble 0-3, Ca Hill 4-9), CC 6-16 (Cesinger 1-3, Booe 1-1, Singer 2-7, Yocum 0-1, Phillips 2-2). Total fouls:  WRV 18, CC  13. Turnovers: WRV 12, CC 14. Rebounds: WRV 15 (Fisher 1, Mowery 2, Ingram 8, Gamble 1, Hill 1, Gregory 1), CC 20 (Cesinger 1, Rogers 6, Miller 1, Booe 3, Singer 5, Phillips 1). Steals: WRV 4 (Fisher 1, Ingram 1, Gamble 1, Hill 1), CC 2 (Singer 2).

Next — Clay City (15-8) will play Jac-Cen-Del in the Martinsville Class A Regional on Saturday. WRV finishes a 12-11 season.