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Little drama on opening night of GCIPosted Tuesday, January 4, 2011, at 9:59 PM
SWITZ CITY -- There was little drama at the opening night of the Greene County Invitational boys basketball tournament here Tuesday night at White River Valley High School.
Clay City led from start to finish in posting a 55-46 win over Union (Dugger) in the opening contest.
The Eels, who avenged a 51-47 loss to the Bulldogs at Dugger Dec. 3, outscored Union (Dugger) 13-5 in the second quarter, taking a 28-12 cushion to the locker room at intermission.
The Bulldogs missed 10 of 14 shots to begin the game and had seven turnovers in the first 16 minutes.
Union (Dugger) did trim the lead to eight points early in the fourth quarter, forcing Clay City coach Vance Edmondson to call a time out.
The Eels then responded with a 6-0 spurt and led by double figures the rest of the way, until Bulldog sharp shooter Tyler Talpas scored on a putback of his own shot, making the margin nine points in the final 6.8 seconds.
Talpas, who has been a one-man gang for the 1-8 Bulldogs, scored a career-high 29 points on 11-for-21 shooting, He also made 3 of 5 3-pointers.
The 5-11 junior came into the tournament averaging 21.4 ppg.
But the rest of the Bulldog team made 6 of 23 shots.
Jake Tiefel was the trigger man in the Clay City offense, dishing out four assists to go with 10 points (4 of 8 shooting) and two steals. Tiefel had just four points in the loss at Dugger 32 days ago.
Class 2A No. 5 Eastern Greene left no doubt about whether the Thunderbirds would be rusty as they jumped out to a 10-0 lead and cruised to an 85-33 victory over North Central in game two.
EGHS had not played since Dec. 21, when they destroyed Cloverdale at home.
The Thunderbirds forced North Central into 12 turnovers in the opening quarter as EGHS led 28-2.
North Central finished with 32 turnovers, one less than the number of points they scored. NC has started the season 0-6, including twice scoring 23 points, which is the school record for the fewest points in a game by the T-Birds of Sullivan County.
The 85 points is a season-best for the Thunderbirds, who came into the tournament averaging over 72 points per game. They had scored 83 in a 22-point win over Bloomfield Nov. 27.
Eastern Greene has allowed just 33 points per game in their last three. For the year, they give up just over 42 per game.
Clay City and Eastern Greene will meet at 6 p.m. Friday in the first semifinal.
Northeast School Corporation and Sullivan County rivals North Central and Union (Dugger) will play in the first consolation game at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Wednesday's schedule includes Vincennes Rivet (5-2) against White River Valley (3-4) at 6 p.m. and Linton-Stockton (4-5) vs. Shakamak (5-3) at 7:30 p.m.
I would guess there would be a little more drama Wednesday as WRV and Linton-Stockton look to avenge earlier losses to the Patriots and Lakers.
B.J. Hargis is the sports editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext 12 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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