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Vikings’ win streak reaches 12

Jimmhy Trodglen/Tnsports360.com

By Jimmy Trodglen

Editor

Clarksville, Tenn. – Tariq Silver is making a strong argument for being the District 10-AAA MVP.

The senior guard – and Eastern Michigan commit – scored a game-high 26 points and directed the Vikings to a 67-57 win over Clarksville High Tuesday.

Silver hit three 3-pointers during a game-changing third quarter, and made a highlight tape dunk in the fourth quarter as the Vikings extended their winning streak to 12 games.

“Our spacing on the floor in the first half was horrible, so we needed to space the floor, move the ball,” Vikings coach Vincent Turner said. “There was too much dribbling, too much one-one-one in the first half. Once we corrected that it made things a lot easier.”

The win improved Northwest to 15-5 overall and 9-2 in 10-AAA and sets up a significant game at Springfield that could weigh into the regular season title.

Springfield is 19-4 and 9-1 in 10-AAA with its only loss inside the district coming to Northwest.

“There are no easy games in this district,” Turner said. “To tell you the truth I’m just as much scared to go to West Creek as I am to Springfield. West Creek is now knocking people off.

“We have three district games left and they’re all equally important. Friday we are going to fight for our lives and take whatever it comes.”

Shatar McClay scored 12 of his 18 points in the third quarter, allowing the Vikings to turn a one-point halftime lead into a 15-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Gabe Seibert added nine points for Northwest, which swept both regular season games with Clarksville High for the first time in more than three decades.

Northwest’s winning streak is the longest since winning eight straight during the 2003-04 season.

Devyn Bender scored 16 points for the Wildcats with Teal Young and Evan Cooper scoring 13 and 11 points, respectively. Young finished four points below his average despite playing through a foot injury he suffered in the Wildcats’ game with Springfield last Friday.

“You could tell that it bothered him, up and down the floor, and on his shot,” Wildcats coach Ted Young said. “The other guys were trying to pick it up.”

Clarksville High is 12-11 overall and tied with Northeast for third place in the district with a 6-5 league record.

The Vikings started quickly, jumping out to a 9-2 lead less than four minutes into the game. Bender accounted for eight straight points and the Wildcats trailed 14-12 heading into the second quarter.

The game was tied at 19-19 midway through the second when Nathan Keener’s 3-pointer gave the Wildcats a 22-19 lead.

Northwest went into halftime leading 23-22 before building an 18-point lead late in the third quarter.  In four consecutive offensive possessions in the third, the Vikings hit three 3-pointers and made an alley-oop dunk.

“We tell them all the time the first four minutes of the second half decides the game,” Turner said. “The energy in the first half was horrible. I think honestly, we were kind of looking forward to Friday. It was set up for the perfect trap game. I wasn’t happy.”

Clarksville High was never closer than nine points in the fourth quarter.

“We just got finished playing Springfield and Northwest back to back, so we know we need to get 10 to 15 points better,” Young said. “Where are we going to find another 10 to 15 points?”

Jimmy Trodglen, editor, Twitter@Tnsports360.

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