Clearview Clippers edge out Buckeye Bucks

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Clearview's Gerrell Williams, second from right, goes up for two points in the second quarter Tuesday night at Clearview High School.

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Clearview's Chad Anderson, left, pulls up and shoots over Buckeye's Jeff Miller in the second quarter.

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Clearview's Gerrell Williams lays in two points in the second quarter on Tuesday.

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Clearview's Gerrell Williams, right, knocks a rebound away from Buckeye's Chris Vogt in the second quarter on Tuesday night.

SHEFFIELD TWP. — Clearview may have taken a huge step in turning its season around Tuesday night.

This season, Clippers coach John Szalay has been looking for his team (7-8) to step up and finish a game. It did just that by defeating Buckeye (10-5) 62-55 in a Patriot Athletic Conference crossover game.

“I really hope we took a step toward where we want to be,” Szalay said. “Since we lost against Oberlin (a couple weeks ago) we’re 3-1. We’ve been a Jekyll and Hyde team all season.”

Clearview picked a great opportunity to play one of its best games of the season. Buckeye came in tied with Firelands atop the Stars Division and desperately needed a win to take advantage of the Falcons’ loss to Columbia.

While the Clippers played one of their best games, the Bucks played one of their worst, according to coach Matt Saunders.

“Obviously, defensively we were absolutely terrible. There’s no other way to describe it,” Saunders said. “If you’re not going to defend, you’re not going to win. We gave up layup after layup tonight. That makes the game pretty easy for Clearview.”

Buckeye and Clearview came into the game with polar opposite playing styles. While the Clippers wanted to slow down the pace of the game and play a halfcourt style, the Bucks have been a run-and-gun team all season that wants to score points early and often.

For most of the night, the Clippers got their wish.

“I thought we’d be OK with the style being that way, as long as we were smart with the ball in the halfcourt,” Saunders said. “We made good decisions and got good looks. They couldn’t stop us in the post, but too often we turned the ball over before we could make a post entry.”

The Bucks finished the game with 18 turnovers, while Clearview only turned the ball over 10 times.

Another positive sign for Clearview was it showed it could win a game against a solid opponent without its leading scorer having his best game.

Gerrell Williams has led the Clippers in scoring all season long, averaging more than 17 points a game. Tuesday night, though, he had a tough shooting night, shooting just 33 percent from the field and finishing with 10 points.

“Tonight was a team win. Gerrell actually was off tonight, but I thought (Eric) Burkey had his best game of the season,” Szalay said. “Clifton Brown also brought a lot of toughness out there.”

Burkey led all scorers with 17 points. His nine points in the first half were all from 3-point range. In the second half, he took his talents inside the paint and started scoring from close range.

Burkey gave credit for his big night to his teammates.

“Yeah, I was feeling it tonight, but it was because my teammates were setting screens for me and allowed me to get hot early and it just carried on throughout the rest of the game,” he said.

Brown finished the night with 16 points, which included a huge steal and layup that sealed the game for the Clippers.

Despite the Bucks’ porous defense, Clearview wasn’t able to pull away until the very end. Instead, the teams traded leads back-and-forth, with neither leading by more than seven all night.

Late in the fourth quarter, Burkey scored on a layup to push the Clipper lead to three with around 1:30 left. Seconds later, Brown stole the ball from Buckeye’s Cory Inman and then glided to the basket for a layup of his own.

The basket gave the Clippers a five-point lead and forced Buckeye to start fouling.

“Today I thought we just played one of our tougher games,” Szalay said. “We stuck with things; we battled. That’s a good team over there in Buckeye. We got a few breaks, especially with the steals Clifton was able to get.”

Clearview 62, Buckeye 55

Patriot Athletic Conference

BUCKEYE — Mike Bacho 2-0 5, Garrett Beck, 5-4 16, Cory Inman 1-0 2, Chris Vogt 4-1 9, Matt Cox 5-0 10, Jeff Miller 6-1 13. TOTALS 23-6 55.

CLEARVIEW — Gerrell Williams 5-0 10, Chad Anderson 3-0 6, Eric Burkey 6-2 17, Clifton Brown 7-2 16, Daimon Knowles 2-0 5, Maliek Ivey 3-0 7, Jason Young 0-1 1. TOTALS 26-5 62.

3-POINT GOALS — B: Bacho, Beck (2); C: Burkey (3), Knowles, Ivey.

Score By Quarters

Buckeye (10-5) 18 10 14 13 — 55

Clearview (7-8) 15 14 15 18 — 62

Team Statistics

Field Goals — Buckeye 23 of 40 (58 percent), Clearview 26 of 48 (54 percent).

Free Throws — B 6 of 10 (60 percent), C 5 of 8 (63 percent).

Rebounds — B 22 (Beck 6), C 13 (Williams 4).

Turnovers — B 18, C 10.

J.V. — Clearview, 60-45.


Last Updated: 1/29/2013 11:29:18 PM EST

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