By Carey Phillips

 

Ian Clinkscales-King scored 24 points powering Enka to an 88-48 non-conference men’s basketball victory over Smoky Mountain on Dec. 7 at the SM gym.

The 6-5 center dominated inside and was joined in double figures by Logan Crook and Jacob Tiller with 12 apiece, Jacob Adair with 11 and Parker Roberts with 10.

Tanner Gerrety led the Mustangs with 14 points.

“We did a pretty good job at times handling their pressure,” SM Coach Jimmy Cleaveland said. “They are an experienced team. We’re going to have to get better at some physical play and making some stops. We didn’t shoot it real well. With what they were giving us we needed to make some shots, and we didn’t.”

SM started well and led 7-2 on Matthew Brown’s basket with 5:55 to play in the first quarter.

The Jets ended the period on a 19-2 run, including five by Clinkscales-King and four by Tiller, for a 24-12 lead.

Clinkscales-King had all but two points in a 10-2 spurt making it 49-21 with 1:06 to go in the half, which ended with a margin of 49-24.

The lead reached 76-39 with 1:12 left in the third quarter after 10 straight points, including four by Chase Boswell.

Enka led 76-43 entering the fourth period.

The Jets scored the first seven points of the final quarter to lead 83-43 on two free throws by Matthew Rogers at the 6:21 mark. The 40-point margin put a running clock into effect the rest of the game.

The biggest lead was 87-46 on Coy Revis’ basket with 2:19 to go.

Gerrety made four field goals, including a three-pointer, and five foul shots.

Sawyer Snider added six points, Brown, Aizen Bell and Hayden Moore all netted five, Jayce Stillwell followed with four, Brylen Conlin and Darien Bird both scored three, Malachi Smith had two and Evan Jamison made a foul shot.

Enka won the JV game 54-37. Cameron Fowler scored 15 points for the Mustangs.

The Jets led at quarter breaks by scores of 14-6, 30-15 and 41-26.

“We’re certainly getting better every game,” Coach Zeb Capps said. “Enka had some kids who were shooting it lights out. It wasn’t that we were playing particularly bad defense. They were just making shots. We had four empty possessions in the third quarter where we were not scoring and they were. It’s just typical growing pains early in the season.”