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CLINTON - Host Clinton and Deer Creek-Mackinaw high schools both won twice on the opening day of the Clinton Holiday tournament Monday.

In the closest game of the day, senior guard Kameron Bell dominated at both ends of the floor as Clinton rallied in the second half to defeat Lovington 69-67. The Maroons also downed Decatur Lutheran 78-52.

Dee-Mack topped Lovington 70-63 and routed Decatur Lutheran 74-40.

In another game, Roanoke-Benson outlasted Fisher, 61-50.


The 6-foot-1 Bell poured in a game-high 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Maroons, who exploded for 27 points in the third quarter to erase a 33-26 halftime deficit and take a 53-46 lead. The Maroons held off a fourth-quarter Lovington rally to preserve the win.

Clinton got 11 points and seven rebounds from John Smith while Ross Whitted chipped in 14 points.


Benny Frietsch's seven points in the final minute elevated Dee-Mack past Lovington.

Frietsch had 14 points and six rebounds for the Chiefs, who won despite a 30-point effort from Lovington's Michael Reed.

"Reed could really fill it up and he got hotter than hot," Dee-Mack head coach Mitch Holmgren said. "We made a little adjustment by having Derek (Morrow) just face-guard him, but he was hot."

The Chiefs were down 51-41 when Holmgren called for a timeout.

The team responded by outscoring its opponent by 17 points to close out the game.

"We just got into the flow and I continued the momentum," Frietsch said. "We continue to get better."


Roanoke-Benson earned the win behind Tyler Rasmuson's 14 points and six steals. Nick Janssen netted a trio of 3-pointers and finished with 13 points for the Rockets.

Fisher was hurt by an inability to score in the second and fourth quarters.

The Bunnies (5-6) scored just eight points in the second quarter and seven in the final eight minutes en route to the team's fourth straight defeat.

Kyle Wantland poured in a game-high 20 points and 14 rebounds. The senior also nabbed four steals and dished out three assists.

"Kyle (Wantland) was tremendous for us tonight," Fisher coach Deon Mennenga said. "He shot the ball well, but we didn't get him many touches in the fourth quarter."

The team committed 12 first-half turnovers.

"Our guard play hurt us with the unforced turnovers," Mennenga said. "We were our own worst enemy out there and we have to have some guards who can take charge."

Sophomore Mitch Elkins added 15 points for the Bunnies.

Clinton-Decatur Lutheran

The Maroons used a big second-half effort to blow by Decatur Lutheran.

Clinton (7-3) was hot from 3-point distance, going 9-for-15 on the night.

Junior Ross Whitted rattled in four treys on his way to a game-high 22 points for the Maroons. Senior B. J. Spray added 18 points and four steals.

Dee-Mack-Decatur Lutheran

Frietsch recorded game-highs by scoring 17 points and pulling down 10 rebounds to lead Deer Creek-Mackinaw over Decatur Lutheran.

Derek Morrow added 11 points, four assists and four steals.

while Dan Abbott chimed in with 11 points for Dee-Mack.

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