CLINTON â€“ The Bauxite Miners defeated host Clinton Yellowjackets 60-46 to win the First Service Bank Classic in Clinton on Monday night.
After a high-scoring first quarter in which the Miners (7-4) led 18-16, Bauxite would go on to lead 34-27 at the half before gaining closing it out on the Yellowjackets.
â€śThis is actually our first full game where we grinded out the whole game and we just kept battling,â€ť Bauxite Coach Andy Brakebill said. â€śWe just pushed it on out and finished the game.â€ť
Though the Miners had little trouble scoring, led by Ben Madisonâ€™s 29 points, stopping the opposition on the offensive glass has been a problem.
â€śOne thing weâ€™re definitely getting hurt on is teams are getting too many second chances off of offensive rebounds,â€ť Brakebill said. â€śWhen we clean that up and limit teams to one shot, weâ€™ll be fine.â€ť
But it wasnâ€™t only Madison contributing to the win.
â€śBen did his thing,â€ť Brakebill said, â€śbut Ian Allred played the best game he has all year. He hit some big shots. Bradly McCool hit free throws down the stretch to put the game away.
Following Madisonâ€™s 29 points, Allred had 14, McCool 10, and Dylan Melton added five.
The Miners will pick up conference play next Tuesday when they host the Robinson Senators in 7-4A action.