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Kameron woods drives past Clarksville’s Quay Scales Tuesday at Hawk Gym.

 

Woods leads short-handed Hawks

to a 61-57 win over Clarksville

Playing with nine players, while a half-dozen front-line players still involved in football playoffs watched from the stands, Pleasant Grove raced out to a big lead and then held on in the final moments for a 61-57 win over Clarksville Tuesday night at Hawk Gym.

Kameron Woods poured in 25 points, including 11 of 14 from the charity stripe, and Noah Fawbush dropped in 13 to lead the Hawks past Clarksville, which has not lost a district game this decade.

The joy of a short-handed win over Clarksville, a northeast Texas basketball legend since Clyde Carlisle built a great program beginning in 1989, was writ large on the face of Pleasant Grove coach Billy Brewer.

“I couldn’t be more blessed with this group of guys,” said Brewer. “They come out every day and work their tails off in practice and work on getting better. To come out here and beat a good team like Clarksville, a team with a good coach and that is always going to be tough, that’s really doing something.”

With both teams applying intense, full-court pressure, the first quarter was tight and physical. The Hawks forced five turnovers, the Blue Tigers forced four. PG built an early lead, but three quick buckets from Neo Scales and George Perry saw the quarter end with the Hawks on the plus side of a 16-14 lead.

Woods opened the second stanza with a nothing-but-net trey from the right wing, and Fawbush followed that with a steal and drive for the layup to give the Hawks a seven-point lead.

Moments later, Fawbush repeated the trick. When Tevrin Jackson cut loose a three pointer, it was suddenly a 27-18 game midway through the second quarter.

The lead moved to double digits with 2:38 left in the half when June Heo cleared the defensive board and zipped a pass to Fawbush, whose lob led Braxton Watkins straight in for the sure layup.

Thanks in part to a three-pointer by Michael Moore, Clarksville got it back with in eight, 34-26 at the half.

The Hawks pulled away in the third quarter. Fawbush drove the lane, drew the foul and hit both ends. Moments later, Heo started another breakaway to Fawbush and to Wartkins, and Watkins followed that with a three-pointer of his own to make it 45-28.

The lead held at 15-17 points until early in the fourth quarter, when Brewer emptied his bench.

“We could have won by more, but I had to get those guys some playing time,” Brewer said. “They’ve worked so hard. They deserved it.”

Brewer singled out point guard Griffin Young for doing a solid job running the offense and playing sticky defense. Watkins finished with four points, Watkins nine, Heo had two, Jared Glover had one and Layton Jackson had seven.

Pleasant Grove is now 3-1, Clarksville fell to 2-1.

Clarksville 14 12 9 22 –57
Pleasant Grove 16 18 17 10 –51

 

Bill Owney

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A veteran journalist and educator, Bill Owney is a 1980 graduate of the University of Florida. Writing awards include APME honors for investigative reporting, the Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Award for public service reporting and numerous awards for editorial, column and news writing. He served as publisher of the Atlanta Citizens Journal and Pittsburg Gazette when each paper won sweepstakes awards from the Texas Press and North and East Texas Press Associations. He spent 15 years as a public school teacher and is an adjunct professor of English at Texarkana College.