November 17 ended up being a date that Jellico Blue Devils fans would like to forget. They got to see a player shine on the Clairfield basketball court but it was an Eagle instead of a Blue Devil. Gracin Gerber led the Eagles to a 47-33 victory.
Gerber is a player that has the attention of the county and others as he has been performing at a high level as a seventh grader. This game was no difference as he started slowly but caught fire and helped his team secure the win.
These two rival teams had different game plans with the Blue Devils needing to stop Gerber and the Eagles needing to contain Kenny Webb. This game was close during the opening period of play as only two points separated them at 6-4 with the home team holding the slight edge.
It was during the second period that Gerber found his stride along with rebounding help from Jesse Marlow. When Gerber couldn’t find the rebound, Marlow was there. The score was still close at the half, 17-11 but all the fans in attendance already had witnessed a double-double by Gerber who had 16 points and 14 boards at the half.
Five points separated the two teams during the third period as Clairfield behind Gerber, Marlow and Haiden Russell kept placing up points and feeding Gerber the rock. At the final buzzer, the Eagles had won the contest by the final score of 47-33 but in actuality the Eagles only needed the 45 points scored by Gerber. Gerber is still averaging over 30 points per game for the season.
Russell and Marlow finished the game with a single point each but their defensive help may have been the difference of getting the win or not. Joining them on the court were Nate Marlow, Tyler McCloud and Bryson Ruth. Coach Ralph Teague came into this game a little shorthanded on the roster due to academic reason but was still optimistic that his team could get their first win of the season.
Kenny Webb finished the game leading the Blue Devils with 14 points.
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