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BOYS BASKETBALL: WWT topples the Trojans

Warren Woods-Tower (9-2, 4-0) came to Clawson (5-6, 1-3) as the number one team in the MAC Gold Division. And they left town still atop the standings with a 57-38 win over the Trojans. Clawson coach Rob Fulgenzi knew the Titans had plenty of weapons, he was just hoping that his own wouldn’t be shooting blanks.

Junior Jared Ocampo opened the scoring for Clawson with a three-pointer that tied the game in the first minute of action. The quarter featured a lot of up and down the court action but without much to show for the efforts. The Titans got an eight point lead before senior Edrey Ocampo hit an end of the quarter, buzzer beater three pointer to get Clawson with five at 12-7.

In the second quarter, stout Titan defense along with cold Trojan shooting allowed an 18-0 run by Warren Woods-Tower to push its lead to 30-7 before Blake Blue got an old fashioned three-point play, a bucket with a foul to break the scoring drought. The quarter ended with the Titans firmly in control of the game with a 33-14 lead.

In the third quarter, Clawson fought back but couldn’t get the lead under 15 points but did actually outscore the Titans 14-10 in the quarter. In the fourth, the Titans tough defense and the Trojans working at a hurried pace to try and get back in the game kept Warren Woods on top as they outscored Clawson 14-10 in the fourth for the eventual 57-38 win.

Titan head coach Nick Evola knew that Clawson would be ready for his team and he was ready for the Trojans.

“I thought the guys played hard and we had a really good defensive effort in the first half – especially in that second quarter,” Evola said. “We really did a good job containing Jared Ocampo. We know this guy is a great shooter and can really fill it up from wherever.”

Fulgenzi knew the Trojans would have their hands full.

“They’re in first place for a reason,” he said. “They execute extremely well on both sides of the ball. And in that first half we missed some shots that we normally make both inside and outside. And we got a little sloppy and when you do that against a team like this they’ll hurt you on the scoreboard.”

Junior Tawvan Chestnut led all scorers with 16 points and he pulled down nine rebounds for the Titans. Overall, the Titans had 36 rebounds to Clawson’s 20 and the Titans were perfect from the free throw line hitting 6-6. The team also hit five-three point shots while Clawson hit six. Clawson was also 8-13 for 62 percent from the free throw line.

The Titans had eight players in the scoring column. Junior Marquian Johnson had 11 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks, four assists and two steals for the Trojans bright spot. Edrey Ocampo had nine points for the Trojans.

“We’ll be okay and we’ll keep fighting. We’ll be ok from this,” Fulgenzi said. “Our focus was to stop their two forwards and then their two guards starting hitting. And they got penetration. They’re a real well rounded team and can beat you in a lot of ways.”

Evola may have his team in first place but he’s not relaxing at all.

“It feels good but we’re definitely not comfortable,” he said. “I tell our guys that we take it one game at a time and each game is a new season. We try to play hard, smart and together.”

Clawson’s next action is Tuesday at home against New Haven. The Titans travel to Mt. Clemens Monday.

Last Updated: 1/25/2013 11:46:14 PM EST

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