COLUMBIA — Chris Clark is going to Applebee's for his birthday. He'll get a couple appetizers and a steak.
The Hickman boys' basketball senior turned 18 on Sunday, scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds in Hickman's 71-48 victory over Hazelwood Central. Hazelwood Central (11-2) came into the MFA Oil - Break Time Shootout at Mizzou Arena No. 2 in the state in class 5.
Junior Jimmy Whitt led No. 1 ranked Hickman (17-1) with 31 points and was named the most valuable player of the game. Whitt was just nine points shy of breaking the Shootout scoring record of 39, which was set earlier in the day by Iberia's Darrien Dickey.
Hickman didn't have a starter over 6-foot-3, while Hazelwood Central had three starters 6-foot-5 or taller. The players are used to it. Clark routinely guards players several inches taller than him.
During one play, Hazelwood Central gave Clark an accidental birthday present. One of their players set a pick on Clark and hit his shoulder. He went out of the game for a stretch, but later returned. His shoulder was dislocated two years ago and was re-aggravated on Sunday. He said he'll be fine.
After the game, the Hickman Kewpie cheerleaders gave him cupcakes and sang happy birthday, with the Hickman crowd joining in. Coach David Smith's young twin boys ran to the locker room with cupcakes.
Turning 18 opens up some new doors for Clark.
"I need to get some lottery tickets," Clark said.