Salkehatchie over Clinton Jr. 75-69. Will play Cape Fear tomorrow at 7:00
The Indians had swept the two previous match-ups against Clinton Jr. College, so most figured that today’s game would be a tune-up for Friday’s semi-final, that is everyone except USC Salkehatchie head coach Travis Garrett.
“I knew that Clinton would come out swinging, the finished last in the Region and they had nothing to lose. I tried to tell our guys that once tournament time comes, you can throw out all records,” said Garrett.
USC Salkehatchie came out in the first half and jumped out to an early 8-0 lead and looked to be cruising but Clinton Jr. College would come roaring back and lead for much of the half.
“We were sluggish, I just was surprised how we played in the first half. I know that we are a good team and could be a great team but we have yet to show it,” said Garrett.
Clinton Jr. College would lead the Indians 36-33.
In the second half, the Indians would finally square things up with 15:00 left at 41 a piece.
The Indians would take the lead with 14:33 left but it would not last long. It looked as though the Indians were in trouble late as Clinton Jr. College held a 6-point lead.
Then with 57.7 seconds remaining the Indians would take the lead for good at 70-69, they would go on to defeat Clinton Jr. College 75-69.
Coach Garrett said after the game,”That was a tough game, we made it tougher than it should have been, we missed almost 20- free throws. I explained to our guys that we have to play a complete game from here on out or they season will end against Cape Fear CC. Cape Fear is a very good team, they are well coached and they will be ready.”