July 31, 2014

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Boys Basketball: Clippers cruise to win over Cardinals

Clearview's Daimon Knowles shoots past Brookside's Kelvin Jones. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

Clearview’s Daimon Knowles shoots past Brookside’s Kelvin Jones. LINDA MURPHY/CHRONICLE

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Brookside never quit, but it never really mattered.

Clearview raced out to a big lead after the first period and, despite a Cardinal run in the second quarter, was never seriously challenged in a 59-35 Patriot Athletic Conference win Tuesday night.

The Clippers (2-1, 1-1 jumped out to a 21-4 lead after the first eight minutes and never led by less than 10 points in the second.

With Clearview senior forward Gerrell Williams on the bench with three fouls to start the second half, Brookside cut the Clippers’ lead to eight points early in the third, but Clearview coach John Szalay brought Williams back into the game and his first basket sparked a 13-0 run that put things out of reach.

Williams ended the night with 11 points and 12 rebounds while senior shooting guard Eric Burkey led the Clearview attack with 16 points.

“When we got it going, it really built up fast,” Szalay said of his team’s third-quarter barrage. “We had a great start, but in the second quarter we had too many unforced turnovers and we put them at the line. We could have, maybe, finished this game a lot earlier if we didn’t turn the ball over and put them at the line where we couldn’t defend them.”

The Cardinals turned the ball over 23 times, 11 of those on poor entry passes to 6-foot-5, 245-pound senior center Kelvin Jones.

“We want to play through Kelvin, but we don’t necessarily have to do that every possession,” Brookside coach Brent Schremp said. “We talked about making the right passes and our rotations …maintaining possessions instead of being in a hurry. Against their pressure we got too fast and tried to get it down low too quickly. That’s really the first time we’ve done that this year. Their pressure got to us.”

Jones led the Cardinals (2-2, 1-1) with 12 points and seven rebounds.

Szalay was pleased with his guards’ defense, especially on entry passes.

“That scared us because I think Kelvin is one of the best post players in our conference,” he said. “When I scouted them I was really worried about him, and he got the ball where he wanted it a couple of times. It was a good thing for us that our ball pressure made that pass a little bit left or a little bit high. That’s why we stopped Kelvin tonight. It was our ball pressure. It wasn’t our post play, it was pressure on the ball and that’s what our gameplan was.”

Burkey hit three of his four 3-pointers in the first quarter for the Clippers.

“My teammates were finding me on the wing and, luckily, I was wide open because I had been driving and kicking,” Burkey said. “I was able to hit some shots and we were able to get the victory.”

Contact Mike Perry at 329-7135 or macsportstalk@gmail.com.

Clearview 59, Brookside 35

BROOKSIDE (35): Cameron Drew 2-2-7, David Rangel 0-0-0, Christian Gray 0-0-0, Kelvin Jones 5-2-12, Mitto Agosto 3-1-7, Tyree Jones 0-4-4, Alex Koltas 0-0-0, Kenny Pierson 2-0-4, Dudley Taw 0-1-1. Totals 12-10-35.

CLEARVIEW (59): Gerrell Williams 4-3-11, Eric Burkey 6-0-16, Iben Huff 1-1-3, Daimon Knowles 4-2-11, Jason Young 4-1-9, Caleb Branscum 0-0-0, Lance Billings 0-0-0, Sharrod Brown 1-1-3, Maliek Ivey 0-0-0, Davonte Sutton 3-1-7, Antonio Torres 0-0-0, Antonio Bennett 0-0-0. Totals 23-9-59.

Brookside 4 13 11 7 — 35

Clearview 21 6 21 11 — 59

Three-point goals: Brookside 1-8 (Drew), Clearview 5-15 (Burkey 4, Knowles). Field goals: Brookside 12-40 (30 percent), Clearview 23-46 (50 percent); Free throws: Brookside 10-17 (58.8 percent), Clearview 9-20 (45 percent); Rebounds: Brookside 26 (K. Jones 7), Clearview 34 (Williams 12). Turnovers: Brookside 23, Clearview 17. Total fouls: Brookside 15, Clearview 17. Fouled out: None.

Junior varsity: Clearview, 59-41