Clearview's Javon Todd shoots over Oberlin's Devan Yaber Friday, Dec. 22nd. Steve Manheim / Chronicle
SHEFFIELD TWP. — Every time Clearview needed a big play in its Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division game against Oberlin on Friday, junior Jaylen Paschel was there to answer the call.
Paschel scored 11 of his game-high 21 points in the second half as the Clippers overcame an eight-point halftime deficit on the way to a 76-68 win.
Paschel’s basket with 4:05 to play in the third quarter capped a 12-0 run and gave the Clippers a 41-40 lead.
After Oberlin (3-3, 2-2 PAC) took a 58-56 lead with 4:43 to play in the fourth quarter, it was Paschel who quickly came down and scored on the other end to tie the game and ignite a 9-0 Clearview run which allowed the Clippers to take control of the game and remain perfect at 6-0, 5-0.
“Our coach kinda got on us in the locker room at halftime and told us we had to D-up and get it going,” Paschel said. “We had to make some adjustments and adjust for how the refs were calling the game.”
Those adjustments paid off for the Clippers as they forced Oberlin, which made six 3-pointers in the first half, to rush shots and settle for off-balanced jumpers time and time again in the second half.
“Offensively we weren’t doing the things in the second half that we did in the first half,” Oberlin coach Kurt Russell said. “We weren’t running our sets. I think our kids panicked a little bit. A lot of that has to do with our youth and our age but I give Clearview a lot of credit. They stepped up and took it to us.”
Senior Justin Smith led the Phoenix with 18 points but two of Oberlin’s top four scorers were a sophomore, Giles Harrell III, who had 13 points, and a freshman, Trajen Chambers, who had 14 points, including four 3-pointers.
Paschel was just one of many heroes for the Clippers. Sam Daniels had 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds and Javon Todd finished with 14 pointers and nine rebounds despite picking up three early first-half fouls.
Clearview dominated the boards 48-33.
“We switched our defense in the second half,” Daniels said. “We went straight man with full-court pressure but the biggest difference was we were just relentless out there. We want to win PAC three years in a row so this game was really important to us. We knew we needed to win.”
The Clippers also benefited from a sellout crowd that packed the Frank and Ann Szalay Gymnasium.
“This win is the biggest win of the year for me,” Paschel said. “But we’ve got to stay humble because we know we’ve got to face Oberlin again. It was a crazy atmosphere to play in. You can’t dream up anything like this, it was the perfect reality.”
Oberlin’s biggest lead was 11 points (40-29) after a Harrell 3-pointer in the opening seconds of the third quarter.
“I thought we were a step slow in the first half,” Clearview coach John Szalay said. “We were letting (Justin) Smith and (Devin) Yarber get to the lane and kick it out to their shooters. In the second half we stuck with their shooters better and our defense forced them to hurry some shots and make a few mistakes and we turned those into fast-break points.”
“It was a team effort for us all the way through tonight,” Szalay said. “Clearview and Oberlin has been a great rivalry ever since I’ve been here. I think we came out a little too excited. Some of our seniors like Sam (Daniels) and even Javon (Todd), who’s only a junior, helped us settle down, take a deep breath and keep our composure.”
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Clearview 76, Oberlin 68
OBERLIN (68): Justin Smith 7-2-18, Devin Yarber 6-1-13, Giles Harrell 4-1-13, Trajen Chambers 4-3-14, Azarie Hariston 1-0-3, Aaron Hopkins 3-1-7. Totals 25-8-68.
Clearview (76): Jaylen Paschel 9-3-21; Sam Daniels 5-5-5, Josiah Hitchens 3-1-7, Javon Todd 5-2-14, Evan Berrios 3-0-7, Gee Newton 2-0-4, Jamir Billings 4-0-8. Totals 31-11-76.
Oberlin 20 17 11 20 — 68
Clearview 14 15 25 22 — 76
Three point goals: Oberlin (Harrell 4, Chambers 3, Smith 2, Hariston), Clearview (Todd 2, Berrios). Field goals: Oberlin 25-63 (40 percent), Clearview 31-65 (48 percent). Free throws: Oberlin 8-12 (53 percent), Clearview 11-20 (55 percent). Rebounds: Oberlin 33, Clearview 48. Turnovers: Oberlin 12, Clearview 14. Total fouls: Oberlin 16, Clearview 14. Fouled out: Smith.
Junior varsity: Clearview, 75-43