Boys basketball: Griffith beats Clark to capture Wheeler tourney crown
By Nick Nochevich Post-Tribune correspondent December 29, 2012 11:38PM
Griffith's Flint Powell shoots over Clark's Kalil Frith during the Wheeler boys holiday tournament held at Wheeler High School on Saturday December 29, 2012. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 31, 2013 6:53AM
VALPARAISO — It wasn’t pretty but it was effective for Griffith as it dominated Clark, 62-40, to capture the Wheeler Holiday Tournament. Turnovers were a factor on both sides of the court, but Griffith found a way to capture the win.
Clark defeated Wheeler in the first game of the day 67-63 and Griffith dominated Hobart 46-30 to set up a rematch of the two teams that faced off November 30 of which Griffith won 66-48.
“We didn’t quite play the way we can but once we were able to work the ball into the middle, it opened up opportunities for us to fight off a good Clark team and get the win,” said Griffith coach Gary Hayes.
Griffith jumped out to an early 8-3 lead on two three pointers from Anthony Murphy and Flint Powell. Clark answered the Griffith offense with a late run in the quarter to put them with three at 10-7 at the end of the first quarter.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first half as Clark shot only 28 percent from the field and committed eight turnovers while Griffith shot 33 percent and committed nine turnovers. Griffith took the momentum late in the quarter to secure a 23-15 lead at the half.
Griffith (5-3) came out in the second-half focused on continuing to work the ball down in the paint to senior Ben Parish. Parish answered matched the offensive effort by teammate Tremmell Murphy with 10 points each to lead the Panthers in scoring.
Clark (3-5) never gave up and battled throughout the game, but could not overcome the deficit being outscored 39 to 25 points in the second half.
“We are excited to keep working on improving, we have some young kids playing and junior Flint Powell played his first game of the season coming back from an injury so we will continue to see improvement as the season continues on,” added coach Hayes.