(01/19/2006)
By Gaylen Duskey

realfang@citlink.net

Some Clay fans were chanting "air ball, air ball, air ball" after a Calhoun missed shot early in the game.

It is the lamest basketball cheer of all time but what could you say since it was an air ball and Clay was up 24-2 at the time?

Then near the end of the game those same Clay fans started the "na, na, na, hey, hey goodbye" cheer. It was a good cheer in 1968 when the song was popular, but since then it has become the second lamest basketball cheer of all time.

But what could you say since Clay was driving the final nails in a 78-32 shellacking of the Red Devils?

What you could say was that Calhoun never quit. It was never in the game, but it never rolled over and played dead for the Panthers either.

Clay jumped on the Red Devils early and rolled to a 15-0 lead before Tyler Shartiger scored with :35.2 remaining in the first quarter.

The next time Calhoun scored Clay was ahead 24-2. Matt Houchin's basket cut the margin to 20, but it was only the second period.

That was the last time the Red Devils were within 20 points of Clay but they never quit.

Unfortunately things never got any better.

Clay rolled to a 40-12 halftime lead. It was 63-21 after three quarters when Calhoun cleared the bench and sent the subs in to finish things off. Tommy Gerwig led Calhoun, 1-11, with seven while Houchin and Lucas Morford added five apiece.

Michael Joseph and J.J. Bremar added three each while Shartiger and Andrew Norman with two each rounded out the scoring. Steven Meadows led Clay, 5-7, with 21.

Clay also won the junior varsity game 58-42 despite the efforts of Jacob Dodd with 11 and Michael Sullivan with 10. John Dodd added nine and Lucas Morford eight.

Calhoun will try to get back on the winning track Friday night on the road at Braxton County.


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