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Clearfield Alliance boys topped by Calvary Baptist
Friday, February 22, 2013
By Jaclyn Yingling Sports Editor
The Clearfield Alliance boys basketball team was close in just about every category with visiting Calvary Baptist on Thursday night.
Unfortunately, the two with the biggest gaps were turnovers and points.
The Patriots took a 19-5 lead after one and never trailed in the game, topping the Crusaders 62-27.
CACS edged Calvary Baptist in rebounds, taking the 43-39 advantage. Both teams went 1-for-4 from the line.
But the Patriots had just 12 turnovers in the game, while the Crusaders had 22.
"I thought they turned it around by the second half, especially the fourth quarter and it was a positive thing," said Clearfield Alliance head coach John Wharton. "As coaches we were looking at each other wondering why we always wait so long to get going."
The Crusaders had their best frame of the night in the fourth, as three different CACS players combined for 12 points.
Jason Eveleth had seven of his 11 points in the fourth, while Jarret Wharton had a 3 and Michael Fitt knocked down a jumper.
But it was the missed shots, most of which lipped out of the bucket, that doomed Clearfield Alliance.
"We started with a lot of rust," said Coach Wharton. "We started off like we hadn't played in two or three weeks. Sometimes you can't explain that when they come out flat like that. We didn't hit any of our shots. We had tons of turnovers. It's hard to explain the funk."
Still there were several positives for the Crusaders, including senior Steven Kumm, who was honored before the game.
Kumm scored four points and pulled down 10 rebounds, ending his six-year basketball career at Clearfield Alliance on a good note.
"Steven scored a few points," Wharton said. "He really hustled tonight. I think it hit him at the beginning of the game that it was Senior Night.
"He gave it all he had and he hustled the entire night. He gave us one of his best efforts of the season. It may not show up in the stat sheet, but his effort the entire game was something positive we could draw from."
Eveleth led the team in rebounding, racking up 18. He also had seven blocks. Tyler Jury had nine rebounds, while Fitt notched four.
Calvary Baptist's Tyler Chambers led all scorers with 21 points. He also had six rebounds. Teammate Joel Knupp added 18 points and 11 rebounds. Harry Tang netted 10 points and nine rebounds, while Hyun Sueng Woo chipped in eight rebounds.
Clearfield Alliance dropped to 1-17 overall.
The Crusaders travel to Everett today to face Bedford CIA in their season finale.

Calvary Baptist-62
Woo 1 1-2 3, Chambers 10 0-2 21, Di 1 0-0 2, Jiang 0 0-0 0, A. Knupp 0 0-0 0, Zhang 4 0-0 8, Tang 4 0-0 10, J. Knupp 9 0-0 18, Sharp 0 0-0 0. Totals: 29 1-4 62.
Clearfield Alliance-27
Fitt 1 0-0 2, Tihansky 1 0-0 2, Wharton 2 0-0 6, Eveleth 5 1-2 11, Jury 1 0-0 2, Kumm 2 0-0 4, Fleming 0 0-2 0. Totals: 12 1-4 27.
Three-pointers: Tang 2, Chambers; Wharton 2.
Score by Quarters
Calvary Baptist      19 16 13 14-62
Clearfield Alliance    5  6   4 12-27
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