Last updated: February 25. 2014 9:34AM -
By Stephanie Gore, Sports Writer



Clinton's Michael Boykin, #5, drives to the basket converting on a tough shot that gave the Dark Horse's a 3-point lead late in the third overtime of their thrilling win over West Bladen. This basket came after West Bladen missed the back end of a one and one opening the door for Clinton to close out the visitors. To view more photos from this game, visit the sports section on atthe18foto.smugmug.com. (Mike Carter, Special to the Independent)
Clinton's Michael Boykin, #5, drives to the basket converting on a tough shot that gave the Dark Horse's a 3-point lead late in the third overtime of their thrilling win over West Bladen. This basket came after West Bladen missed the back end of a one and one opening the door for Clinton to close out the visitors. To view more photos from this game, visit the sports section on atthe18foto.smugmug.com. (Mike Carter, Special to the Independent)
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Playing against North Lenoir for the first round of state playoffs, the Clinton Dark Horses ended the night with a winning score of 66-40.


Having multiple contributions from Clinton’s team, the scores were Mikayla Boykin with 20 points, Kristen Glasper with 18 points, Jasmine Fryar with 10 points; DeAsia Edwards, Brielle Mitchell, Tichiana Aultman and Zoey Harris with 4 points, and Jamie Jones with 2 points. The Lady Dark Horses are now 23 in 3 and advance to the second round of state playoffs Wednesday at T.W. Andrews in Highpoint.


“I was very pleased with this win. We came out strong and focused especially after our loss against East Bladen Friday. We put the game away early” stated Coach Owens for Clinton.


Coming on the court next, the Varsity Mens team for Clinton took on West Bladen, ending the night with a triple overtime winning score of 72-69.


For the first three quarters of the game, the Horses held a lead against West Bladen. Stepping up their game, West Bladen caught up in the fourth quarter with a score of 53-53, requiring overtime. Continuing the game, Clinton and West Bladen both fought for a win. With an overtime score of 59-59, Clinton entered a double overtime.


Not stopping there, the Horses kept going with West Bladen right behind them. Ending the second overtime of the night with a score of 65-65, the Horses pushed themselves into a triple overtime. Giving it their all, the Horses finally got on top. Winning against West Bladen with a score of 72-69, the Horses will advance to the second round of state playoffs.


Leading scores for Clinton were James Evans with 15 points, Michael Boykin with 15 points, Osharmaine Jones with 11 points and 8 rebounds, RayQuan Faison with 8 points, and Thaxter Spruil with 8 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 blocked shots. Clinton was 7 of 10 in the three overtimes.


“Wow! This was a great high school basketball game. The whole team gave it their all. We gutted this win out. We had our chances, but when it came down to the third OT the seniors lead the way. We had a big contribution from Jeremiah and Josiah Pope. I simply can’t say enough about these boys” stated Coach Jordan for Clinton.


Clinton is now 22 in 5 and they will play at home Wednesday night at 7 against Warren County for the second round of state playoffs.


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