Clayton ended its three-game losing streak Thursday.
The 66-50 win for the Greyhounds (4-6) at the MICDS Boys Basketball Holiday Invitational came at the expense of Pacific (5-5).
The Indians find themselves in the midst of a four-game losing streak after taking a loss to Four Rivers Conference opponent Union and then posting an 0-3 record at the tournament.
“We just didn’t defend tonight and that’s one of the things that has kind of been our staple,” Pacific Head Coach John VanLeer said. “We scored enough points to win. We just didn’t guard anybody. They were shooting layups against us and communication was bad. We had guys not stepping in and taking charges and we feel like that’s one of the things that is nonnegotiable — if it’s there you’re supposed to do it. We have some things to fix.”
The teams were tied, 13-13 after one quarter. After that, the Greyhounds took control.
Clayton led, 31-24, at the half and 47-32 at the end of the third quarter.
Garrett Evans had a breakthrough game on offense for Pacific with 23 points. He knocked down 10-14 shots from the floor and 3-4 from three-point range. Evans also snagged five rebounds.
“He shot the ball very well and he’s capable of that,” VanLeer said. “That’s nice to see.”
Mason Fleming was the next highest scorer with 11 points, adding one rebound.
Don’TA Harris scored seven points with six rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Jordan Cowsert netted four points and grabbed three rebounds with one assist and one steal.
Jacob Sauvage and Dylan Myers each scored two points. James Iliff recorded one point.
Iliff grabbed three rebounds.
Myers made two assists with two rebounds.
Gavin Bukowsky and Nicholas Hoerchler each recorded one rebound.
Sauvage dished out three assists and grabbed two steals.
Rohan Tripathy led the Clayton offense with 12 points.
A trio of Greyhounds finished with 10 points apiece — Hunter Chestnutt-Perry, Ray Wood and Blake Bax.
Other scorers included Jay Palamand (nine points), Tyler Walker (eight), Jake Sher (three), Sal Planells (two) and Nick Pompian (two).
The Indians are next in action Friday, on the road against Washington at 7 p.m.