Harmony clips Clearfield|
Friday, December 28, 2012
By Jon Christoff Sports Writer
PURCHASE LINE - The Clearfield boys basketball team has staked its claim as the Purchase Line Lions Club tournament champions eight of the last nine years.
Harmony made sure the Bison won't get a chance to defend their crown.
The Owls got a game-high 20 points from Nate Young, who also led all players with eight rebounds, as they hung on for a 48-41 win on Thursday.
Harmony scored nine of the final 12 points of the first quarter, and it was a sign of things to come. The Owls held Clearfield without a field goal in the third until there was 1:57 left, and capped the game on a 9-0 run over the final 3:46.
"Earlier in the season," said Owl head coach Doug Martz, "we'd get small leads and then let the other team back in and get a lead on us. Now, we're able to pull back ahead when the game gets tied up and have a run of our own. It's something I'm proud of tonight - the boys pulled together and made a run of their own to respond."
Despite the Owls' late success in the first, Clearfield responded in the second to take a 2-point edge into halftime.
Young's three-point play to open the stanza made it 19-10, but the Bison rallied behind seven points from Trey Jordan and five from Christian Lezzer. Both finished the night with 13 points.
Clearfield's momentum ended with the second-quarter buzzer, as it missed its first seven shots of the third before a jumper from Jon Janocko.
"We missed too many layups and had too many turnovers three feet from the basket," Bison head coach Forrest Campman said. "When you do that, it's demoralizing to an extent.
"It was the third straight game we came out and fell behind early in the game. ... Some kids played okay, but I don't think anyone played a really good game for us. (Harmony) did a nice job of mixing it up from zone to man and that kept us off-balance a little bit."
While Clearfield was struggling from the field, the Owls were unable to pull away.
Harmony knocked down four of 10 attempts, but only held a 34-30 lead after the third.
"I was nervous because we played a good game," Martz said, "but then you look up halfway through the fourth quarter and it's a tie game. I felt like Clearfield, being a more experienced team, that we might have let them hang around. I'm proud of the guys for hanging tough and handling the ball in critical situations."
Jordan had back-to-back buckets to give the Bison a 41-39 lead with 3:46 to play, but the Owls once again closed strong.
Tyler Tiesi made three of four attempts from the foul line to give Harmony the lead for good, as the Owls got buckets from Young and Evan Novella and foul shots from Josh Lucas to round out the scoring.
"We missed too many layups and too many easy shots," said Campman. "We go through scoring (droughts) and that compounds itself. We can never get a roll going because it seems like there was a demoralizing miss in there somewhere and it shut us down for a while.
"I knew they were going to be a scrappy team. ... We need to come back and pick up a win tomorrow."
Both teams are 2-4 on the season.
Harmony will meet Bald Eagle Area in the championship game this evening, while Clearfield will play host Purchase Line in the consolation game.
The third-place contest starts at 6 with the championship to follow.
Bald Eagle Area 81,
Purchase Line 45
The Eagles extended their unbeaten streak to start the season with a decisive win over the host Red Dragons.
Purchase Line (2-5) didn't have an answer for Bald Eagle Area, which moved to 7-0, and its inside and outside presence.
The Eagles had four players in double digits and 12 of their 15 players who saw time contributed at least 2 points.
"They're pretty well rounded," said Purchase Line head coach Dave Krug. "They have good ballhandlers and they have good big guys, who know what to do with the ball when they get it."
The Dragons hung with the guests through the first eight minutes of play, as Alec Sunderlin and Eric Faught provided Purchase Line with a presence inside.
Faught had a big game for the Dragons, finishing the night with 12 points and 16 rebounds. Sunderlin also added 12 points in the defeat.
"We stayed with them in the first quarter," Krug said. "We just lost our composure there when they started coming out and trying to steal the ball, and that's our downfall right now - we get too excited. We start throwing the ball all over.
"(Faught) is a good inside player, but he has to remember it's inside-outside when you're playing against someone 6-foot-7. He did do a nice job taking it inside against them, but it wears him out because of how big he is."
The Dragons tangle with Clearfield today at 6 p.m. in the consolation game.
Beardsley 3 0-0 7, Jordan 5 2-2 13, Lezzer 5 0-0 13, Westen 0 0-0 0, Janocko 3 2-4 8, Brown 0 0-0 0, Ford 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 4-6 41.
Lucas 1 2-2 4, Sral 4 1-2 10, Tiesi 2 5-6 10, Young 9 2-4 20, Novella 2 0-0 4, Kurtz 0 0-0 0, Fox 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 10-14 48.
Three-pointers: Lezzer 3, Beardsley, Jordan; Sral, Tiesi.
Score by Quarters
Clearfield 10 15 5 11-41
Harmony 16 7 11 14-48
Bald Eagle Area-81
Bryan Greene 6 1-2 13, Gettig 8 0-1 16, Dyke 3 0-0 6, Bryce Greene 1 0-0 2, Fisher 5 1-2 12, Romine 2 0-0 4, Schall 5 0-1 11, Carolus 1 0-0 2, Cingle 2 0-0 4, Riley 1 2-2 5, Connor 0 0-0 0, Bennett 2 0-0 4, Chambers 0 0-0 0, Jones 0 0-2 0, Onder 1 0-0 2. Totals: 37 4-10 81.
D. Deyarmin 0 1-2 1, Ewing 1 0-0 2, Frantz 0 0-2 0, Sunderlin 6 0-2 12, Faught 4 4-4 12, Antisdel 2 0-0 5, C. Deyarmin 0 2-4 2, Learn 1 4-5 6, Ober 1 0-0 2, A. Boring 1 0-0 3, G. Boring 0 0-0 0, Detwiler 0 0-0 0, Patterson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 11-19 45.
Three-pointers: Fisher, Schall, Riley; Antisdel, A. Boring.
Score by Quarters
Bald Eagle Area 18 19 20 24-81
Purchase Line 12 9 12 12-45