The Clover High School boys’ basketball team won back-to-back games in last week’s Clover Optimist Basketball Classic, defeating McBee and Lake Norman Christian School.
The Blue Eagles assumed control in the first quarter to defeat McBee, 67-39. Balanced scoring enabled Clover to build a 21-8 first-quarter lead, with Aaron Milner, Bryce Allen, RJ Moore, Mark Cavanaugh and Austin Stone contributing to the scoring.
Clover continued its dominant play in the second quarter, with Deshon Holmes, Quise Robbins, John Wilson and Taylor Foster providing the offensive punch and sending the Blue Eagles into halftime leading 37-14.
Clover continued its run in the third, though McBee appeared to be climbing back into contention trailing 43-30 midway through the quarter.
McBee’s comeback was thwarted by Milner, a 6-foot-5 sophomore post player, who dominated play in the paint during a crucial stretch.
Milner converted a pair of free throws, scored on a twisting shot in the lane and out-hustled the opposition with a putback to conclude his scoring spree.
Robbins, Foster, Jeremiah Bass and Bryce Jacquot contributed to the scoring column down the stretch.
Robbins led the scoring for Clover with 16 points, with Milner adding 14.
The Blue Eagles dominated the action from the outset in defeating an out-manned Lake Norman Christian School, 96-12.
Clover built a 56-6 halftime lead, substituting freely throughout the game to give the reserves ample playing time.
Bass was the leading scorer with 13 points. Robbins also finished in double-figures with 11, and Holmes and Chanel Crank each scored nine.
Blue Eagles head coach Bailey Jackson praised his team for its performance in the Optimist Classic.
“Our kids played well,” said Jackson. “They are ahead of the game compared to this time last year. The kids are working hard. They are a great group to coach.”
Jackson, who coordinated the Optimist Classic, said he was pleased with the response to this year’s event. “A good many of the coaches said they would return for next year’s tournament,” he said.
The Blue Eagles will host Hunter Huss at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the CHS new gym. The action begins with the Lady Blue Eagles pitted against the Hunter Huss girls at 7 p.m.