OBERLIN — Clearview arrived Monday with a share of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division championship on the line.
Oberlin countered with Senior Night and a chance to play spoiler.
It was a meaningful makeup game all the way around.
After a three-day delay after a weather postponement Friday, Clearview (10-10, 9-4 PAC) earned a title tie with Lutheran West after holding on to defeat the Phoenix 59-51.
“We knew if we won we would win our conference, so we came out with a lot of intensity,” Clearview junior Anthony Fears said. “It meant a lot to us, so we played hard.”
Oberlin (11-9, 5-8 PAC) held a 14-13 first-quarter lead but hit a cold spell to start the second half. Clearview took full advantage of the lull and outscored Oberlin 12-4 to go into halftime with a 25-18 lead.
The third quarter was Oberlin’s chance to jump on the Clippers, and outscored them 18-14 to cut the lead to just 39-36 going into the final eight minutes.
The teams traded baskets until Oberlin went into another cold stretch with 5:55 left in the game.
Once again Clearview took advantage and opened the lead to 52-41 with 3:50 left. It was too much for Oberlin to overcome.
“I thought they played better than we did tonight,” Oberlin coach Kurt Russell said. “We played better than them the first time we played them and we came out on top.
“It was two evenly matched teams with evenly matched players and they came out on top this time.”
Fears led the way for Clearview with 30 points, going 15-for-18 from the free throw line.
“Coach put me on the perimeter because he knew I could make plays that would draw fouls,” Fears said.
Fears missed his first two foul shots, but coach John Szalay straightened him out.
“Coach called timeout and he told me I wasn’t bending my legs so I was coming up short. I just listened to the coach,” Fears said.
“I thought we handled their full-court pressure well,” Szalay said. “(Jacob) Senquiz did a great job of breaking the press and that was big in the game. Also we got them in foul trouble and made our free throws that helped us pull away.”
Oberlin had three players foul out as the result of Clearview’s attacking offense.
“We had some turnovers in the third and fourth quarters that turned the tide a little bit,” Russell said. “I thought they had a nice offensive set running motion and we just couldn’t protect the basket.”
Clearview 59, Oberlin 51
CLEARVIEW (59): Anthony Fears 7-15-30, John Miller 4-5-13, DeShawn Carter 3-1-7, R.J. Presutto 1-3-5, Aaron Arnoczky 1-0-2, Jacob Senquiz 0-2-2, Mark Andrews 0-0-0, Ian Mezlak 0-0-0, Kenny Brooks 0-0-0, Brandon Sadler 0-0-0, Andrew Lynch 0-0-0, Davon Daniels 0-0-0, Dom Dominguez 0-0-0. Totals 16-26-59.
OBERLIN (51): Dominic Taylor 5-3-13, Jason Moore 5-0-10, Trevon Tucker 4-4-12, Jeris Geiger 3-1-7, Tyree Brown 2-0-5, Noland Isom 1-0-2, DaShaun Horton 1-0-2, Michael Walker 0-0-0, Christopher Tevis 0-0-0, Marcus Baily 0-0-0, Cole Gregory 0-0-0, Nick Reinhold 0-0-0. Totals 21-8-51.
Clearview 13 12 14 20 — 59
Oberlin 14 4 18 15 — 51
Three-point goals: Clearview: Fears. Oberlin: Brown. Field Goals: Clearview 16-35(45 percent). Oberlin 19-57(33 percent) Free Throws: Clearview 26-36 (72 percent), Oberlin 8-12 (66 percent). Rebounds: Clearview 24 (Arnoczky 10), Oberlin 33 (Taylor 13). Turnovers: Clearview 17, Oberlin 14. Fouls: Clearview 9, Oberlin 27. Fouled out: Brown, Tucker, Taylor. Junior varsity: Clearview, 38-29.
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