In a game heard Wednesday night on WHOW, the Clinton Maroons fell to the Maroa-Forsyth Trojans, 54-51, in the Class 2A Regional semis at Clinton High School.
Maroa jumped out to an early lead thanks to Grant Smith's 13 first quarter points. The Trojans held a four point lead after the first, and it looked like they would hold on to it going into the half, however a balanced late second quarter surge from the Maroons put them in front at the break, 32-31.
Maroa-Forsyth would go back to Smith in the third quarter, and build a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The Trojans held Clinton to only 6 third quarter points, and led 44-38 going into the fourth. The Maroons fought back and outscored Maroa, 13-10 in the final quarter, but came up just short. Clinton's outside shooting cooled off in the second half, and the Maroons were only able to manufacture two trips to the free throw line all night compared to Maroa's 7 of 10 night at the line.
Smith led all scorers with 26 points, while Kaiden Maurer added 21 for the Trojans. They improve to 17-16 overall, and advance to face Bloomington Central Catholic Friday night for the Regional Championship at Clinton.
Mason Walker led Clinton with 16 points, and was named the WHOW / Serv Pro of Piatt/DeWitt County Player of the Game. Brooks Cluver and Dawson Graves both added 14 for the Maroons.
The Maroons end their first season under Head Coach Vic Binkley with a 24-8 record. Quite the improvement over last season's 11 wins.
In the early game at the Clinton 2A Regionals, BCC downed Riverton, 67-31.