Davis buzzer beater gives Dawgs win

Posted February 12, 2013 at 9:17 pm


Monday night, Clinton County traveled to Whitley County and won on a last second shot by Joe Davis for a 58-55 win. Head Coach Todd Messer said he held the ball for the final 1:45 in order to get the final shot of the game.

The Clinton County Bulldogs won two games and lost a game at home this week to move to 16-9 on the year.

Clinton County’s first game of the week came on Tuesday, hosting Allen County/Scottsville. Fans saw a different Bulldog team on the floor that struggled to make shots, eventually losing to the Patriots, 60-51.

After several days of hard practices according to Messer, Clinton County came out Saturday night and took care of business, defeating South Laurel, 68-61.

Clinton County 58

Whitley County 55

The Bulldogs picked up an extra game this week and traveled to Whitley County on Monday night.

Messer said the team started off slow and flat in the first half and picked up momentium in the third quarter.

At the end of the first quarter, Clinton County trailed 15-10. By halftime, the Dawgs were outscored in the second quarter by two, 33-26.

As the third quarter got underway, Clinton County’s offense picked up, outscoring Whitley County 19-10, for a two point lead, 45-43.

With two minutes remaining in the game and a tie score of 55-55, Clinton County held the ball for a final shot.

As seconds ticked away, the ball got into the hands of Davis who hit a three pointer at the buzzer for the 58-55 win.

Individual scoring for Clinton County was:

Dalton 19

England 13

Claywell 11

Langford 7

Davis 6

Beard 2

Clinton County 68

South Laurel 61

The Bulldogs were back on track Saturday night, which was labeled as “Pink Out” night at the Castle to honor cancer survivors in Clinton County.

The Bulldogs came out and started the game with a 7-2 run and doubled their score by the end of the period for a 14-9 lead to start the second quarter.

Clinton County was firing on all cylinders during the second quarter and continued to own the game, reaching a 27-13 lead with 2:49 on the clock. The final 2:49 saw South Laurel make a 9-3 run to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to eight points at halftime, 30-22.

The Cardinals continued their run into the third quarter, scoring two points at the 7:01 mark to cut the Dawgs’ lead to five points, 30-25.

Frank England scored back-to-back goals to put the Dawgs up by nine, 34-25, and after South Laurel scored on their end, England had another goal to keep the Bulldogs’ offense going, 36-27.

Clinton County reached a 10 point lead in the third quarter at the 4:46 mark, when Dalton was fouled, making the layup and the free throw for a three point play, 39-29.

South Laurel cut the lead to six points as the third quarter ended, 45-39.

During the fourth quarter, South Laurel quickly cut the Dawgs lead to two points, 45-43, on back-to-back goals. Langford’s one free throw and Dalton’s basket pushed the lead back to five, 48-43, followed by a goal by England and a three pointer from Dalton for a 10 point lead, 53-43.

Clinton County spent the remainder of the game matching and holding strong on both ends of the floor. It was evident to fans this Bulldog team was a much different team than the one that took the floor on Tuesday night against Allen Co./Scottsville.

Clinton County won its 15th game of the season with the 61-50 win over the Cardinals of South Laurel.

The Bulldogs continued to struggle from the foul line, missing eight in the second half and 12 for the game.

Individual scoring for Clinton County was:

Dalton 23

England 16

Claywell 9

Davis 9

Langford 6

Beard 5

Clinton County 50

Allen Co./Scottville 61

Clinton County started Tuesday night’s game off on the wrong foot and never really recovered.

During the first quarter, Clinton County found itself down 15-6 and Allen County eventually gained a 10 point lead with 1:39 remaining in the quarter, 18-8.

At the end of the period, Clinton County’s Dalton drove the lane and was fouled hitting the basket and the free throw for a three point play, 18-11.

During the second quarter, Clinton County found a little rhythm and cut Allen County’s lead to one on a half court steal and open layup with 50 seconds on the clock, 24-23.

Allen County hit a basket to end the half and take a three point lead at the break, 26-23.

During the third quarter, Clinton County went back to its first quarter of play and struggled on the offensive end.

Allen County quickly added two baskets for a 30-23 lead, but a basket by England cut the lead back to five points at the 5:51 mark.

The Patriots continued to score on offensive and Clinton County couldn’t find a defensive stop.

Cole Nelson scored a goal at the 4:45 point in the third quarter to cut the lead to five, followed by two free throws from Dalton to get to within three, 32-29.

Allen County scored at the 4:10 mark and a call made by an official set the bench on fire for Clinton County as Messer received a technical foul. Including the foul called before the technical, Allen County hit four straight free throws to lead by nine points, 38-29.

For the remainder of the period, Allen County outscored Clinton County 6-5, to end the period with an eight point lead, 44-36.

During the final period, Clinton County’s offense just wasn’t present for the game and during the final two minutes, Clinton County was forced to foul in order to stop the clock.

Allen County hit 12 of 16 from the foul line in the second half in order to take the win away from the Bulldogs, 61-50.

Individual scoring for Clinton County was:

Dalton 21

England 9

Cook 6

Beard 5

Nelson 4

Davis 3

Langford 2

Clinton County was back in action Tuesday, too late for press deadline, and will be at home for the final time this season as the Bulldogs host Barren County for Senior Night.

Clinton County will tip off following Senior Night festivities, which is scheduled to take place after the girls’ varsity game.


Frank England was fouled on this short jumper in the lane during Thursday night’s game against Allen County/Scottsville. He finished with nine points on the night.



Head Coach Todd Messer received a technical foul during the second half of Clinton County’s game against Allen County/Scottsville on Thursday night. Clinton County lost the game by a final of, 61-50.


Ethan Cook hit one of his two three pointers in the second half against Allen County/Scottsville Thursday night.


Keifer Dalton put up a jump shot over an Allen County/Scottsville player during Thursday night’s game. Dalton finished the game with 21 points.