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February 20, 2014

Titans handle Bulldogs

Wheeler leads Taylor with solid all-around game.

Taylor’s boys basketball team pulled away from Clinton Central for a 76-62 win Wednesday night at Center Court.

Taylor (5-10) broke a three-game losing streak with the win.

Calvin Wheeler help put the game away for the Titans by scoring 10 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter. Latrell Mitchell added a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds and Cole Schroeder also had 16 points.

“Calvin has played really well of late,” Taylor coach Andy Lewman said. “He played another good game [Wednesday]. He led us with 25 points. He also had five steals and four assists. He did a good job of getting opportunities at the right time. Schroeder had 16 and Mitchell had 16 and 10 rebounds. They are our three returning letterwinners from last year. They are doing a great job.

“We had two guys that were sick [Wednesday] so we had to improvise. Our other guys did a great job of stepping up. We had some good play from guys that normally don’t get to play.”

Taylor was in control mostly throughout, but Clinton Central did have some moments. Jacob Burton gave the Bulldogs their first lead 5-2 on a 3-pointer with 6:25 left in the first quarter. Wheeler gave the lead back to Taylor on a lay-up with 5:27 left in the first quarter.

Taylor ended up leading 17-14 at the first break, and the Titans went on for a 39-30 halftime lead. Clinton Central clawed back to within 54-50 by the the end of the third quarter.

“I expected the game to be scrappy,” Lewman said. “We scrimmaged against them early in the season. We knew that Burton can shoot. Clinton Central doesn’t back down. They did a nice job of competing and going after the basketball. They also hurt us on the offensive boards. We have to do a better job of not allowing second-chance points.

“Overall, we did a good job of coming out and effectively, shooting our game plan.”

Burton led Clinton Central with 26 points. Cole Simmons added 10.

Clinton Central coach Scott Leighty also knew that the game was going to be competitive.

“Taylor did a nice job of staying in there,” Leighty said. “Overall, we played well for three and a half quarters. You can gain a lot from a loss.”

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