"It was awesome," Clarkton coach Jason Long said. "I told the kids to take advantage of it and they did. That's why you put the uniform on to play -- in front of a packed house and an atmosphere like this. I hope we get to do it again."
Said Malden coach Robert Ison: "It's nice to see a packed house on the road. I wish that's the way it was all the time."
In other area games Tuesday, Cape Central routed Kennett, 70-38.
The Green Wave (8-0) finished with a 57-43 edge on the boards, led by 14 rebounds from post player Robbie Ison, who also added 14 points for a double-double.
"I knew he was going to rebound like that," Long said. "I felt like he could have really scored more on us, but they got a lot of weapons (and) he's definitely tough too with that size and that wingspan."
The Green Wave used a 24-14 advantage in the third quarter to take control. Leading by nine points (41-32) at the half, Malden went on a 16-6 run to go up 57-40 on Alonzo Louis' 3-pointer at the 2:39 mark and led by at least 14 the rest of the way.
Louis and Clarkton's Dustin Ferguson each finished with a game-high 23 points.
"Alonzo's super-quick," Long said. "Alonzo's always been a tough person for anyone to guard one-on-one. At times, we did a pretty good job on him. But you've got to give credit where credit's due -- he's a heck of a player."
The Green Wave dominated the early going, taking a 23-5 lead on Trey Porter's basket with 1:02 left in the first quarter and leading by as much as 21 points in the second quarter.
However, Clarkton (8-1) did not give up, closing the half on a 19-7 run to pull within nine (41-32) on D'Angelo White's free throws with 5.9 seconds left before halftime.
"We fought," Long said. "I don't care what anybody says, we fought -- every one of them...they all fought."
The Reindeer cut Malden's lead to seven points (41-34) on Ferguson's bucket 58 seconds into the third quarter, but the Green Wave answered back with a Ryan Criglar field goal eight seconds later to ignite a 16-6, game-changing run.
"There's no doubt that their strength, their athleticism and their size played a part in it ... " Long said. "Sometimes the other team's better, but that doesn't take away from our fight and our desire."
Malden pushed the lead to 65-44 on Kaelum Reid's 3-point play with 1:14 left in the third quarter as the Green Wave led by at least 16 points throughout the fourth quarter.
"We use our defense to generate the fastbreak and we were able to get a lot of layups tonight," coach Ison said. "With our speed and our athleticism, that's what we need to do -- run, get on the fastbreak and play good defense."
Clarkton was plagued by turnovers Tuesday, giving up the ball 22 times in the game.
"We turned it over too much," Long said. "That's another thing too -- come district time, trying to push for a district championship, you've got to be able to take care of the ball. We turned it over a little bit, but we'll learn from it. We'll get better at it."
Joining Louis and Robbie Ison in double figures for Malden were Porter and Quentin Franks with 11 points each, while Criglar added 10 off the bench.
Casey Redden added 11 points for the Reindeer.
The Green Wave are off until Tuesday, Dec. 26, when they take on Richland at the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament. Malden is the top seed at the BCT.
Meanwhile, Clarkton is off until Jan. 9 when it travels to Risco.
"We have confidence in ourselves," Long said. "We know we've got to get a lot better. A game like this tells us we got to get a little tougher, a little stronger mentally and play a little stronger physically. If we move on offense like we did at times tonight...we really ought to have more success scoring."
Cape Central 70, Kennett 38
The Indians fell to 0-6 on the season and 0-2 in the SEMO Conference with a road loss to the Tigers.
Jajuan Bell led Central (4-5) with 19 points, while Kerry Walker had 16 and George Hamilton added 14.
Tevin Hampton paced Kennett with nine points, while Mario McGraw and Ashton Harrell each added seven.
The Tribe will next take on South Pemiscot at the BCT on Dec. 26.
(The SEMO News Service provided some of the information in this story)