WOODRUFF – Clinton’s boys’ basketball team nailed down a playoff slot on Tuesday night with a 67-57 victory over rival Woodruff.
“It was a great road win by the Red Devils,” said head coach Eddie Romines. “I’m so proud of this team. We hustled, rebounded, played tough, aggressive defense and did a great job of executing our offensive game plan. It was an awesome win for our team.”
The Wolverines won the girls’ game 55-39. Clinton will open the Class 3A girls’ playoffs on the road at Southside on Monday.
Amari Bates (24) and J.D. Payne (20) combined for 44 points as Clinton (8-13, 5-5 Region 3-3A) opened up a 15-point lead in the first half and never looked back. The two also combined to shoot all 23 of the team’s free throws, with Bates hitting 11 out of 13 and Payne five of 10.
P.J. Bluford scored nine points, Sam Tiller and Konnor Richardson four each, and Davis Wilson and Qua Quarles, three apiece.
Of the girls’ game, Clinton head coach John Gardner said, “We played three hard quarters, but we got beat in the fourth quarter physically and mentally.”
Three Red Devils – De’Shanti Watts with 13, Savanna Campbell and Terriauna Bennett with 11 – scored in double figures.
Adaija Darby scored three points, and Tinique Austin chipped in one for Clinton (17-5, 5-5).
Zay Jeter led the Wolverines with 24 points.
Clinton will play at Chapman on Tuesday.