Swannanoa, NC - Clinton College used a late second half surge to defeat Apprentice School 71-68 in the 2022 Eastern Metro Conference Tournament championship game on Saturday.
The game was a tight, back and forth affair that was tied 8-8 after five minutes. Apprentice's Vershawn Eley hit a three pointer with just over ten minutes left in the half that knotted the score at 15 as the teams traded the lead back and forth. Marion Moore put the Builders up one with 35 seconds left in the period, but Clinton's J.C. McCorn answered just before the halftime buzzer to give the Golden Bears a 33-32 halftime advantage.
An Avin Hawkins three pointer gave Apprentice their first lead of the second half, 39-37 with 15:10 left to play. The Builders extended their lead to six at the 10:06 mark on consecutive layups from Jayden Eason and Tony Epps, Jr. Clinton responded with a 8-1 run, capped off by a Cameron Shannon offensive rebound putback that gave them the lead with eight minutes left. The Golden Bears took control from that point. A Jonathan Moliere jumper with just under two minutes to play gave Clinton a ten point advantage, 63-53. Apprentice's last minute rally came up three points short, as Clinton held on 71-68.
J.C. McCorn's 17 points and tough defense led to his selection as tournament MVP. Cameron Shannon led all scorers with 20 points, while Jonathan Moliere added 16 points.
Marion Moore led the Builders with 16 points, while Karree Smith added 15. Corey Joyner scored 11 points.