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Clearfield trimmed by Brookville
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
By Jon Christoff Sports Writer
HYDE - The Clearfield boys basketball team kept Brookville at bay throughout much of the second half of Monday's game at the Arthur J. Weiss Gymnasium.
Unfortunately for the Bison, all it takes is one second to change the outcome of the contest.
Clearfield took an 8-point lead on a Christian Lezzer foul shot with 5:10 to go, but the Blue Raiders scored 10 of the last 11 points of the contest - including the game-winner, a foul shot from Nate Shirts with 1.7 seconds left on the clock.
Shirts missed the second half of the 2-shot foul, but an intentional foul put him on the line and gave Brookville possession.
The Raiders ran out the remainder of the clock to escape with a 43-42 win.
"It was like Murphy's Law," said Bison head coach Forrest Campman, "where anything you could do to lose the game, we did. It was everything that you could do wrong ... (and) we didn't physically make plays. It seemed like every loose ball we had, it somehow came out of our hands.
"We made a lot of mental errors and a lot of physical errors at the end. If you were describing it in writing, it'd be hard to do."
The Bison's 8-point advantage was the largest of the contest for either side, but the Raiders' defense and careless Clearfield passing allowed the guests to pull even.
Shirts paced the Brookville rally with five straight points, and his layup with 12 seconds to go knotted it at 42.
To cap off his huge fourth quarter, where he netted 10 of his game-high 19 points, Shirts recorded his seventh steal of the night to get to the line for the decisive make.
Both teams attempted 13 shots from the foul line, where the Raiders made two more than the hosts.
Clearfield finished the final stanza just 2-of-7 from the charity stripe.
"We didn't convert from the foul line," Campman said. "It still comes down to crunch time when someone has to make a play. We missed five or six foul shots, and our turnovers were bad turnovers."
During the final 5:10, the Bison had more turnovers than shots, but still had multiple opportunities to put the game away.
Lezzer gave Clearfield, up a point with 1 minute, 30 seconds to play, possession with a steal, but teammate Trey Jordan was whistled for a charge on a runner in the lane that went in with 57 seconds to go.
Seth Ford's steal kept the Bison up a point and Jordan connected on one of two shots from the line with 21 seconds to play, but Shirts was able to rise to the occasion and lift his team to the win.
"There was a call there where I thought Jordan had a chance for a three-point play," said Campman, whose team fell to 3-6. "If it's a block, it's a three-point play and I didn't think it was a very good call. The way things were going, you're hoping you get the call because you're at home.
"Normally with a charge call, they call it right away. He watched the ball, watched the ball and then he called the charge. That's not the way you're supposed to do it."
The Bison's fourth quarter drought wasn't their only scoreless stretch of the game, as the Raiders erased a 2-point deficit in the second quarter to pull ahead 24-16 on a Shirts layup.
Clearfield's most consistent aspect of play was its shooting from the perimeter, which brought it back into the contest at the break.
Seth Beardsley made all four of his 3-pointers in the opening half, while Lezzer added three for the Bison - who made seven of 14 beyond the arc.
The late run carried over into the third, where the Bison scored nine of the last 11 points.
Lezzer, Jordan, Beardsley and Wyatt Westen all contributed in the period, but it wasn't enough for the Bison to earn the win.
Jordan led Clearfield with 15 points, while Beardsley and Lezzer had 12 and 11, respectively.
Shirts had a game-high 10 rebounds for Brookville, which outrebounded the Bison, 26-15.
"Our leading rebounder for the game only had three rebounds," Campman said. "If there's an underlying weakness that we have that gets exposed in the games we lose ... we just get pounded on the boards. They had to have so many opportunities and so many more shots than what we had.
"There were no individuals to blame. It was a team effort, a coaching effort. We did everything you could possibly do down the stretch to give away the game."
Clearfield is back in action this evening when it hosts Tyrone.
The Bison won the jayvee game, 31-24.

Shirts 7 5-9 19, Canavan 2 1-1 6, Huggins 2 0-0 5, Byerly 1 1-1 3, Frank 0 0-0 0, Truman 0 0-0 0, Cudworth 0 0-0 0, Blochberger 4 2-2 10. Totals: 16 9-13 43.
Beardsley 4 0-0 12, Westen 1 0-0 2, Janocko 0 0-0 0, Lezzer 3 2-4 11, Jordan 5 5-9 15, Brown 0 0-0 0, Ford 1 0-0 2, Sellers 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 7-13 42.
Three-pointers: Canavan, Huggins; Beardsley 4, Lezzer 3.
Score by Quarter
Brookville 10 14  7 12-43
Clearfield 11 11 14  6-42

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