With the win, North Clayton holds on to third place in the subregion standings at 10-8 overall and 7-4 in the region. Griffin dropped its second straight game to fall to 11-7, 5-5 and stay in fourth place.
Kelvin Waldon gave Griffin its first lead of the game at 5-2 after sinking a 3-pointer, but that was the highlight for the Bears in the quarter. North Clayton started well, but the Bears showed some toughness and only trailed 16-14 at the end of the first.
The second quarter was ugly for the Bears. North Clayton outscored Griffin 15-6 in the quarter, making several shots while the iron was unkind to the Bears. The Eagles led 31-20 at the half.
Griffin cut the deficit to 9 at 35-26 halfway through the third quarter, but North Clayton opened the floodgates after that. The Eagles went on a 7-2 run to lead 42-28 with 1:00 left in the third, thanks in part to treys by Cedric Campbell and Justin Varner. The Bears missed 9 shots in the quarter (including 5 treys) and the Eagles led 45-30 heading into the fourth quarter.
It was all Eagles, all the time in the final stanza. North Clayton opened up its biggest lead of the game, 53-34, with 5:06 remaining and coasted from there for the final 61-45 margin.
"I believe we were just a step slow tonight," said Bears head coach Prelvis Paster. "We probably were pretty tired and that's why we missed our shots, including a few layups."
Griffin was led by Rayshod Armstrong with 12 points, 5 rebounds and an assist and Waldon finished with 9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. The Bears did a good job on Eagles senior Stafan Bradley, but he still led NC with 13 points while D'Anthony Franklin added 12 and Varner chipped in 9 for the Eagles.
Griffin hosted Northside-Warner Robins Saturday and plays subregion foe Jonesboro Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. at The House. Jonesboro beat Griffin 46-39 on Jan. 4 in the teams' first meeting.