SHEFFIELD — It only took about 15 seconds for the Open Door boys to know they were in deep trouble against Clearview in Tuesday’s non-conference game.
The Clippers won the tip and senior Gerrell Williams drove baseline, finishing with a two-handed dunk, his first of three dunks in the first quarter.
Clearview (15-5) steadily pulled away from there in a 90-51 win.
“I didn’t plan on dunking, I was just doing what I had to do to score,” Williams said. “It was Senior Night and we all just went out there and had a lot of fun playing so well together.”
Williams led 10 Clipper players with a game-high 25 points, leaving him just 28 shy of the 1,000-point club with a game at Oberlin on Friday, a home game against Firelands on Saturday and a sectional game to go.
“We were very unselfish and we were able to get a lot of guys in there,” Clearview coach John Szalay said. “We moved the ball well and Gerrell really got us going with that dunk.
“These seniors have been a pleasure for four years, so it was nice to see them play so well on Senior Night.”
The Clippers were clearly more athletic and scored numerous easy baskets by taking the ball hard to the basket.
Clearview was 10-of-17 (59 percent) from the floor in the first quarter as Williams lit up Open Door for 10 points and the Clippers finished the half hitting 22-of-34 (65 percent) from the field.
“We were really playing well as a team, and we moved the ball really well tonight,” said senior guard Eric Burkey, who finished with 18 points. “I just kept going to the hole and my teammates kept finding me.
“We wanted to come out and attack the basket, and we were pretty successful doing that all night long.”
In addition to Williams and Burkey, 6-foot-6 senior post Caleb Branscum came off the bench to score 10 points.
For Open Door (5-17), it was a chance to face a quality opponent in preparation for its postseason opener at Trinity next Tuesday.
The Patriots have a pair of weapons in Danny Stintsman and Andrew Patterson. The pair never backed down from the Clearview defense, scoring 20 and 10 points, respectively.
“I like that we didn’t quit and never gave up against a better team tonight,” Open Door coach Todd Wright said. “I thought my kids, after falling down for a bit, got back up and fought their way through the entire game. We just asked that they play hard from start to finish in a game like this.”
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Clearview 90, Open Door 51
OPEN DOOR (51): Jamir Moultrie 1-1-3, Caleb Crowder 0-0-0, Will Lovett 1-0-3, Drew Zaborowski 1-0-3, Dustin Hackney 1-0-2, JP Miraldi 1-0-3, Danny Stintsman 8-2-20, Zach Thomas 1-0-3, Andrew Patterson 3-4-10, Cory Kushinski 1-2-4 Totals 18-9-51.
CLEARVIEW (90): Gerrell Williams 11-2-25, Sharrod Brown 3-0-7, Eric Burkey 8-0-18, Davonte Sutton 1-1-3, Jason Young 3-0-6, Daimon Knowles 3-0-6, Iben Huff 3-0-8, Ray Contreras 1-0-2, Lance Billings 2-0-5, Antonio Bennett 0-0-0, Antonio Torres 0-0-0, Caleb Branscum 4-2-10. Totals 39-5-90.
Open Door 12 8 11 20 – 51
Clearview 23 25 12 26 – 90
Three-point goals: Open Door 6-21 (29 percent, Stintsman 2, Lovett, Zaborowski, Miraldi, Thomas), Clearview 7-15 (47 percent, Burkey 2, Huff 2, Williams, Brown, Billings). Field goals: Open Door 18-45 (40 percent); Clearview 39-70 (56 percent). Free throws: Open Door 9-14 (64 percent); Clearview 5-9 (56 percent). Rebounds: Open Door 21, Clearview 42. Turnovers: Open Door 15, Clearview 6. Total Fouls: Open Door 10, Clearview 14. Fouled Out: None.
Junior varsity: Clearview, 72-28