Clippers open season at Ashton Franklin Center Tournament


ASHTON – The Amboy Clippers began the new basketball season by competing in the Ashton-Franklin Center Tournament.

Amboy’s lid-lifter was against Polo and the Clippers dropped a 50-28 decision on Nov. 21. Amboy played with a limited number of players due to the lateness of the football season.

The Clippers were only down 20-15 at the half, but Polo pulled away in the second half, including outscoring Amboy, 16-5, in the final frame.

Troy Anderson paced the Clippers with 11 points.

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Amboy broke into the win column with a 47-33 verdict over Kirkland Hiawatha in the second round of the tournament on Nov. 22.

The Clippers zoomed out to a 12-2 lead after the opening stanza. Hiawatha trimmed the Amboy lead down to six (20-14) at intermission, but the Clippers pulled away with a 14-point third quarter while holding Hiawatha to six points.

Anderson had a huge offensive game for Amboy, pumping in 24 points. Ten of those came in the third period when the team opened the gap. Eddie Jones was next with 12 tallies, while Kyler McNinch chipped in with seven markers.

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The Clippers fell to Durand, 50-42, in the third game of the tournament on Nov. 25.

The two teams played to a 10-10 tie after one period, but then Durand put 20 points on the board in the second quarter compared to seven for Amboy.

Anderson and Jones netted 18 and 15 points, respectively, while McNinch added eight markers.

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Amboy wrapped up tournament play with a 53-34 triumph over West Carroll on Nov. 27.

The Clippers led 17-11 after the opening session and 28-20 at the break. Amboy owned a double-digit lead (34-24) heading to the fourth frame, where it pulled away for the win.

Anderson led the attack with 20 points. McNinch (16) and Jones (11) also hit double figures.

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