SHEFFIELD TWP. — Two boys varsity basketball games were played at Clearview last night. One was a tightly-played, fast-paced struggle that promised to be one of the best overall games this season. The other was a total blowout.
Each lasted two quarters, but together counted as one more big victory for the Clippers in a 71-45 thrashing of visiting Brookside.
Clearview (9-2, 6-1) seems on a mission after posting its third straight lopsided victory after a disappointing loss to Keystone two weeks ago. The other Patriot Athletic Conference wins were by margins of 30 and 51 points.
However, this time the Clippers had to shake off the pesky Cardinals, who came out ready to make a statement in the early going.
More than matching the Clippers’ speed and ball handing, the visitors raced to a 19-12 lead with just a minute gone in the second period. After falling behind 25-21, the Cardinals closed the first half with a six-point run for a 27-25 lead.
That deficit lit a fire under Clearview coach John Szalay and his team.
“In the first half, I thought we were back on our heels and Brookside was definitely the more aggressive team,” Szalay said. “At halftime, we had one of those ‘good old talks.’ You try to push buttons and you try to wake (the players) up. In the second half, we came out much more fluid and much more aggressive.”
They certainly were.
After falling behind 31-27 following layups by the Cardinals’ Art Howell and Nick Jackman, the Clippers took over. Collin Owens started things with a rather quiet fastbreak dunk. The basket seemed to take everyone by surprise, bringing forth little reaction but it still jump-started a 14-0 Clearview run.
Tony Williams scored 10 straight points during the stretch on a pair of 3-pointers, a steal and a putback. By the time the dust cleared, the home team doubled its first half total, leading 51-35 with more than a minute to play in the period. Another streak of 18 points came in the fourth quarter.
“Coach let us have it at half time,” said Williams, who finished with a game-high 22 points. “We came out in the third quarter and weren’t going to take an ‘L.’ We were fired up, pushed the lead out to 20 and just kept things going. Everyone just came together and played as a family.
“But I have to give credit to (the Cardinals). They looked like the best team in the first half. Jackman was hot in the first half and we had to crunch down on him. Fortunately, when we did we came out of here with a win tonight.”
Jackman led his team with 14 points. Williams was helped by 16 points from Anthony Hitchens and 15 from Kyle Baughman.
“It was definitely a tale of two halves tonight,” Brookside coach Brent Schremp said. “We focused on having to be aggressive. We couldn’t be on our heels at any time against a team like Clearview — as athletic and good as they are — and we did a good job of it in the first half.
“But after one possession in the second half, the wheels came off. We didn’t handle the adverse situation. We couldn’t allow one turnover to turn into three or four because that’s what Clearview does to you. Our program is at the point where the kids play hard, but we have to learn to handle adversity a little better.”
Clearview 71, Brookside 45
BROOKSIDE (45): Hunter Skolnicki 2-0-4, Art Howell 2-0-4, Luke Ackerman 2-0-4, Nick Jackman 6-1-14, Mike Harrison 0-0-0, Chris Matthias 2-0-4, Keyonte Francis 0-2-2, Stefan Moody 2-0-4, Andy Thomas 0-0-0, Nick Huckleberry 0-4-4, Matt Gorta 1-0-2, Kyle Stump 1-0-3, Justin Lopez 0-0-0, Ryan Miglets 0-0-0. Totals 18-8-45.
CLEARVIEW (71): Tony Williams 8-2-21, Anthony Hitchens 8-0-16, Collin Owens 3-0-6, Eric Thompson 3-0-6, Kyle Baughman4-6-15, Kevin Watson 1-0-3, Colin Watson 0-0-0, Zach Anderson 0-0-0, DeShawn Carter 1-0-2, Curtis Alston 0-0-0, Davon Daniels 0-0-0, Jacob Senquiz 0-0-0, Dominic Dominguez 0-0-0, Aaron Arnoczky 1-0-2, Anthony Fears 0-0-0. Totals 29-8-71.
Brookside 15 12 11 7 — 45
Clearview 12 13 26 20 — 71
Three-point field goals: Clearview 5-15 (Williams 3, K. Watson, Baughman); Brookside 1-6 (Jackman). Field goals: Clearview 29-58 (50 percent); Brookside 18-41 (44 percent). Free throws: Clearview 8-12 (67 percent); Amherst 8-12 (67 percent). Turnovers: Clearview 18; Brookside 23. Rebounds: Clearview 30, Brookside 22. Fouls: Clearview 11; Brookside 13. Junior varsity: Clearview, 71-56.
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