July 31, 2014

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Boys basketball: Wellington takes control in second half, rolls over Clearview

WELLINGTON — Clearview coach John Szalay should just load up at halftime and leave the gym the next time his Clippers play Wellington.

Anything would be better than what he has seen against the Dukes in the second half the last two seasons.

Wellington outscored Clearview 31-13 in the second half Friday, turning what was once a
14-point deficit into a comfortable 51-37 win in a Patriot Athletic Conference crossover game at Wellington High School.

Last season the Dukes (3-1, 3-0 PAC) used a 31-1 run in the fourth quarter to turn a slight Clippers advantage into a convincing 81-54 win.

“We’re pretty awful,” Szalay said after his team shot just 5-of-16 from the floor while turning the ball over 13 times in the second half to fall to 2-2, 1-2. “We were up 20-6 at one point. Then, in the first half, I think we just stopped executing offensively. We stopped playing offense.

“We were up 20-6, then they go on a 9-0 run. At halftime we were still up four, but we just don’t look like a very good basketball team right now.”

The third quarter was all Dukes. Though they trailed 24-20 at halftime after shooting just 32 percent, their shots started to fall. Gerrell Williams scored to open the half and give Clearview a 26-20 lead, but Wellington went on a 10-2 run to take a 30-28 lead with 3:52 left in the third quarter.

After Clearview tied the game at 30, the Dukes went on a 9-3 run to end the third quarter and take control. They would never be threatened again as Clearview scored just four points in the fourth quarter and failed to score in the final 3:29.

“Our defense was huge,” Wellington senior Dylan Weidrick said. “In the first quarter I think we were a little intimidated, but once you get settled down in big games like this, that’s when you start playing your game. And our game is defense.”

Weidrick led Wellington with 16 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. After missing his first five shots from the field, Weidrick hit seven of his last nine.

“I don’t know why I was missing those shots … I guess I just wasn’t ready,” Weidrick said. “I think we all settled down in the game and realized we could play with these guys. It was a rough, rough start but we pulled it together.”

“I thought our problem early was energy,” Wellington coach Dan Gundert said. “We didn’t have any energy early. We were flat in the beginning, but we challenged our guys and they responded.”

After scoring 96 points in a win over Black River on Tuesday, Szalay was none too happy with Friday’s performance.

“Our team, and I mean the entire team and the coaching staff, is not getting it done right now and I’m pretty disgusted,” Szalay said. “I know it’s early, but we weren’t even competitive. We missed countless shots and I don’t know of a way to win when you miss shots.

“We scored 96 points the other night and 37 tonight. I can’t explain that.”

Gerrell Williams led the Clippers with 10 points.

Contact Mike Perry at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com. 

Wellington 51, Clearview 37

CLEARVIEW (37): Gerrell Williams 5-8 0-1 10, Chad Anderson 1-3 0-1 2, Clifton Brown 3-9 1-2 7, Daimon Knowles 3-9 0-0 7, Eric Burkey 1-5 1-3 4, Chad Branscum 1-1 0-0 2, Bryan Walker 0-2 0-0 0, Maliek Ivey 0-0 0-0 0, Darin Sturgill 2-3 1-2 6. Totals 16-40 3-9 37.
WELLINGTON (51): Dylan Kidd 6-14 0-3 15, Dylan Weidrick 7-14 2-2 16, Jacob Grimmett 1-5 0-0 2, Dave Clark 3-9 5-8 12, Joey Holliday 0-1 0-0 0, Tim Young 2-2 0-0 4, Tony Walker 1-1 0-0 2, Jake Miller 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-47 7-13 51.
Clearview    12    12     9       4    —    37
Wellington    4    16    19    12    —    51
Three-point goals: Clearview 3-10 (Knowles, Burkey, Sturgill), Wellington 4-8 (Kidd 3, Clark). Rebounds: Clearview 28 (Knowles 7), Wellington 31 (Weidrick 12). Turnovers: Clearview 21, Wellington 19. Total fouls: Clearview 16, Wellington 10.
Junior varsity: Clearview, 33-24