By Steve LeMaster
STEARNS – Senior guard Hunter Jones drained a shot with a couple of seconds remaining to lift McCreary Central over visiting Clinton County 61-60 in a boys’ high school basketball game on Monday night.
Familiar rivals, McCreary Central and Clinton County met for a non-district boys’ high school basketball game.
With the win, McCreary Central improved to 9-13.
Clinton County dropped to 16-11 with the loss.
The Raiders and Bulldogs swapped leads throughout the non-district clash. Clinton County looked on the verge of claiming a victory when a longtime leader stepped up for homestanding McCreary Central.
The Raiders thrived both offensively and defensively. McCreary Central Coach Jimmy Voight was quick to compliment his squad after its thrilling victory.
“It was a good team win,” Voight said, following his team’s triumph over Clinton County. “Credit must go to both Nick Longmire and Brandon Troxell for doing a great job of guarding Jackson Harlan from Clinton County, who was averaging 28 points per game. They combined to hold him to 15 points. And Hunter Jones hit the game-winning shot just before the final horn sounded ending the game.”
Senior guard Hunter Jones led McCreary Central with a game-high 19 points. McCreary Central enjoyed a balanced offensive attack featuring two scorers in double figures. Joining Jones in double figures for the Raiders, Derrick Paige added 12 points.
Nick Longmire and John Cash narrowly missed reaching double figures for the Raiders, netting nine points apiece in the winning effort.
Rounding out the McCreary Central individual scoring, Brandon Troxell tossed in seven points and Ryan Jones posted five points.
McCreary Central returned to the win column following a one-point loss to 48th District foe Wayne County over the weekend. The Raiders notched their fourth win in five games.
Clinton County, a unit out of the Fourth Region, suffered its second straight loss.