McClain’s Brock Dean drives past a Clinton-Massie defender during Tuesday night's game. (HCP Photo/Jim Jones)
McClain’s Brock Dean drives past a Clinton-Massie defender during Tuesday night's game. (HCP Photo/Jim Jones)
GREENFIELD — The Clinton-Massie Falcons came into Tuesday’s game at McClain with a 1-8 overall record and were winless in the league. Once the game started, the Falcons looked anything but that, defeating the Tigers, 59-41.

“Clinton-Massie was a team, despite their record, that everyone in the league feared,” McClain head coach Jesse Mitchell said. “They’re starting to get things clicking, and everyone knows that they are better than their record shows.”

The two South Central Ohio League teams played even basketball in the opening period and were tied at 12-12. Then in the second quarter, the Falcons found their range, having a big offensive output when they outscored McClain 21-4 for a 33-16 halftime advantage.

“They really spread us out in the second quarter, and because the game was physical, we tried to bang around with them and kind of lost track of what we were supposed to be doing,” Mitchell said.

McClain played much better in the third stanza when they outscored Clinton-Massie 14-11, but still found themselves trailing by double digits, 44-30.

Senior Jacob Starkey and freshman Dalton Mischal were the offensive catalysts in the frame, scoring eight and four points, respectively. The Falcons also won the final period, 15-11 en route to their lopsided win and first league victory of the season.

The foul line was another contributing factor in the contest when Clinton-Massie connected on 18-of-23 for 78 percent, compared to McClain’s 8-of-18 for 44 percent.

“Our foul shooting was terrible (Tuesday),” Mitchell said. “Every time they made two, we would make just one. We really came out flat tonight and need someone to step up and be a leader on this team now.

“We knew Clinton-Massie was a very good 1-8 team, and we’ll see another one Friday night at Hillsboro.”

The Tigers were led in scoring by Jacob Starkey, who had 15 points, followed by Dalton Mischal, who tallied 13, including two trifectas.

Rounding out the scoring for McClain were Owen O’Connor 4, Brock Dean 4, Mat Barton 3 and Jay Beatty 2.

Clinton Massie was led by Nick Chowning with 15 points.

McClain travels to Hillsboro Friday night to play their Highland County rival in another SCOL matchup.