Clinton 12U all-stars finish second in Newberry tournament

Mar 12 Written by  STAFF REPORTS

The Clinton 12U basketball all-stars lost in the championship game to Sumter 41-33 to finish second in the Jerry Coffey Invitational Basketball Tournament at the Newberry County YMCA on Saturday.

The tournament began with Clinton defeating Newberry Friday night, 42-18. Wil Stewart knocked down five 3's to lead the lead Clinton with 17 points. Austin Copeland, Jy Leake, and Wilson Wages led the defensive effort.

Saturday morning, Clinton lost to Sumter 38-31. Leading the scoring was Jy Leake with 13 points.

In the second game on Saturday, Clinton defeated Newberry, 41-38. With 3.6 seconds on the clock and the ball at half court, Jy Leake took the inbounds pass, dribbled twice and knocked down the game winning 3-pointer as time ran out.

The win set up a rematch against Sumter who was undefeated and Clinton would have to defeat twice to win the championship.  Clinton pulled away in the 4th quarter of the first game to take a 52-42 win to set up the championship game. Wil Stewart with 20 points and Wilson Wages with 22 points led Clinton offensively.

In the championship game, Sumter defeated Clinton 41-33.   

"Great tournament, our kids played hard the entire time,” said Head Coach Matt Stewart. “We have an amazingly competitive group and they are a pleasure to coach. Hats off to Sumter, they're a quality team, we just ran out of gas and had no legs left in that 4th game today."

The team roster was composed of: Austin Copeland, Justin Copeland, Jayden Copeland, Jy Leake, Qua Bryant, Kevardrick Richardson, Zay Johnson, Wilson Wages, Wil Stewart, and Jackson Martin.  Coaches Matt Stewart and Vincent Copeland.

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