Columbia's Adam Ross takes a shot over Clearview's Dylan Rebman Friday December 14th. STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE
SHEFFIELD TWP. — Pressure is key to everything Clearview does on the basketball court, but trailing by nine heading into the fourth quarter all the pressure was squarely on the Clippers.
Until, that is, their pressure defense finally got to Columbia and they escaped with a 61-57 win in Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division play.
The Clippers outscored the Raiders by 20-7 in the fourth quarter to stay undefeated at 4-0, 3-0 in the league. Columbia fell to 2-2 and 1-2.
After committing just 12 turnovers in the first three quarters, the Raiders had 10 in the final eight minutes and a JV player provided a huge spark for the Clippers.
Dre Taylor scored 25 points to lead the Clippers’ JV to a 59-57 win, then followed that up with five steals in the fourth quarter that led to four points — the final margin of victory.
“He is just coming on and coming on and doing a good job for us,” Clippers coach John Szalay said of Tauylor, a 5-foot-10 junior. “The JV team needs him right now to kind of hold them together, but he is also a key part of our varsity team.”
Columbia led for most of the first three quarters and handled the Clearview pressure fairly well, committing just four turnovers in the middle two quarters after having eight in the first.
Caleb Borling scored 10 of his 13 points, including a pair of threes, in the first quarter, while Adam Ross slashed through the Clearview defense for 10 of his game-high 22 points in the second quarter as the Raiders took a 32-31 lead into halftime.
When the third quarter came to an end, Columbia held its largest lead of the night at 50-41 as Borling hit his last three, Ross added another nine points and Brandon Coleman scored four of his 13.
But the Clippers had a surprise for the Raiders in the fourth quarter, switching to a 1-2-2 press.
“We had to go to the 1-2-2 just to be in a spot, they (Raiders) were running us off and we were getting lost on the other side of the court,” Szalay said. “We were still man and still trying to trap — we made some big plays at the end.”
Clearview opened the final quarter with a 14-3 run, getting from five players to take a 55-53 lead with 4:30 left.
Javon Todd (14 points) had a three-point play, Joe Norris made a 3-pointer, Taylor scored off a steal, Jamir Billing hit a midrange jumper and Jaylen Paschel scored off a Taylor steal and added a putback to give Clearview the lead for good.
“Columbia really changed the pace on us for three quarters,” said Paschel, who finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. “Coach got on us a little bit to pick up the pressure and work harder. We learned we have to play a full 32. We can’t take any time off during a game.”
Coleman hit a short jumper to get the Raiders tied at 55, but Clearview held on thanks to free throws from Paschel and Taylor wrapped around a Todd layin.
After a Bailey Coleman basket, the Raiders had a chance to tie the game but as Raiders coach Larry Babics was trying to get a timeout, Columbia fumbled the ball out of bounds leading to a pair of Todd free throws to end the scoring.
“We can’t get a timeout at the end of the (bleeping) game — it was kind of ridiculous,” Babics said. “Clearview did a great job — that’s what they do. We knew it, we lost our composure in the fourth quarter.
“We made some bad decisions with the basketball in our hands. We just have to be smarter than that.”
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Clearview 61, Columbia 57
COLUMBIA (57): Jared Bycznski 0-0-0, Adam Ross 9-4-22, Bailey Coleman 2-0-4, Jack Platten 2-1-5, Charlie Simon 0-0-0, Caleb Borling 5-0-13, Brandon Coleman 5-2-13. Totals 23-7-57.
CLEARVIEW (61): Jaylen Paschel 6-1-15, Josiah Hitchens 2-0-4, Joe Norris 1-1-4, Josh Cordero 5-1 13, Javon Todd 4-6-14, Dylan Rebman 1-0-2, Dre Taylor 1-1-3, Jamir Billings 3-0-6, CJ Fleming 0-0-0. Totals 23-10-61.
Columbia 15 17 18 7 — 57
Clearview 14 17 10 20 — 61
Three-point goals: Columbia 4-13 (Borlilng 3, Br. Coleman), Clearview 5-22 (Paschel 2, Cordero 2, Norris). Field goals: Columbia 23-47 (49 percent), Clearview 23-54 (43 percent). Free throws: Columbia 7-10 (70 percent), Clearview 10-17 (59 percent). Rebounds: Columbia 42, Clearview 27. Turnovers: Columbia 22, Clearview 10.
Junior varsity: Clearview, 59-57