"He's a big-time player and he's a great athlete, there's no doubt about it." -- Blytheville coach David Hixson. (11-26-02)
"McClinton hurt us tonight, but you knew he was going to -- he hurts a lot of people. He jumps 20 feet in the air and it's hard to guard that. He's just a good player."
"He's tough -- if they can get him the ball, he's tough. I don't know how you stop him."
"We went to the 2-1-2 just to try to contain him. We wanted to keep a guy in front of him and keep one behind him trying to stop the lob. But he just springs right up over anybody. Lontas is a great player. I watched the Bluff game, I saw people putting bodies on him. You just can't stop him. In my opinion he's the best player in Southeast Missouri."
"We tried to keep him from catching it in the paint and hurting us because he's a great player. If he catches it around the basket then we can't keep him from scoring."
"No. 44 (McClinton) was killing us -- offensive boards, defensive boards, driving to the hoop -- we couldn't stop him."
"He's their man -- if you let him go off and you don't crowd him then he's going to hurt you."
"You throw Lontas in there -- sometimes he's so dominant. I think I've played around 10 possessions of zone this year and I probably played 15 tonight. And it was just solely to make them slow down and not go directly to him."
"I think the McClinton kid may be the best they've had. That McClinton kid is a hell of a basketball player. He really is. He's a load. He's awful tough to guard because he's got pretty good range. I thought he looked comfortable from 15 feet and plus he's an animal down underneath the bucket. He's a nice player."
"Sikeston went to their bread-and-butter offense, and that's the lob to McClinton, and he finished. Man he's tough, he's as tough as any post player in this area. And I mean anybody. He's strong, physical, he wants the ball, and he wants to go to the hole when he gets the ball. He just overpowered us."
-- Kennett coach Tim Turlington. (2-21-03)