SHEFFIELD TWP. — Clearview fought, but its deficit was too big.
Bay used a big first-half run to take control before fighting off a second-half Clippers charge in its 81-71 non-conference victory.
Clearview (11-4) raced out to a 14-8 lead, but the Rockets used a 21-4 run that ended the first quarter and opened the second to take control.
The Clippers turned the ball over 18 times in the first half while Bay shot a sizzling 65.6 percent (21-of-32) to take a 50-35 lead to halftime despite 11 turnovers.
“Their size hurt us tremendously and they’re very explosive,” Clearview coach John Szalay said. “We had it down to around eight and I thought we might be able to make them nervous. That first half, though, that was very odd for us. That might have been the most turnovers we’ve had for a whole game.”
The Clippers were able to pull within 56-48 with just under three minutes left in the third, but Bay closed the quarter on a 9-2 run to pull away.
“Offense has never been the issue for us,” Bay coach Jared Schetzer said. “We know we can score the ball if we share the ball, but we turned it over way too many times tonight. When you do that you give up so many opportunities to the other team.
“We did make a run, which we’re capable of doing. We just have to put that together for 32 minutes.”
The Rockets pushed the lead out to 81-61 before the Clippers ended the game on a 10-0 run.
Szalay liked how senior Javon Todd, who led all scorers with 19 points, played hard until the final buzzer.
“Today his demeanor was upbeat and he can be really hard on himself,” Szalay said. “He takes everything I say to him to heart and I’ve told him I trust him. I can get on him, but this week I told him to go play loose and I think he did.”
Todd thought it was important to show his team he will play hard every second on the floor.
“I was just trying to lead,” he said. “We cut it to eight and I wanted to be an example of how we play. I wanted to keep fighting and fighting. We were there with them the whole game but we turned the ball over too many times.
“We showed some heart. We have to play with heart because we aren’t that big, so we showed that heart and kept fighting. We didn’t worry about the scoreboard, we just kept playing.”
Senior Erik Painter led four Rockets in double figures with 17 points. Max Showalter added 16 points and five steals, while Christian Dupps scored 15 and pulled down 10 rebounds.
“Bay is a very good, solid team and I thought we made strides in the right direction,” Szalay said. “Even though we lost I thought we made strides against a very good team. We can use that to get better and play a better game Friday against Oberlin.”
The win was the 100th of Schetzer’s career.
Bay 81, Clearview 71
BAY (81): Erik Painter 8-0-17, Max Showalter 6-2-16, Cade Gergye 4-0-8, Jack Maxwell 6-0-15, Christian Dupps 5-4-15, Cooper Lyons 0-0-0, Jake Martin 2-0-4, Ashton Price 1-0-2, Francis Sherman 2-0-4, Zak Crabb 0-0-0, Brett Thompson 0-0-0. Totals 34-6-81.
CLEARVIEW (71): Jaylen Paschel 4-0-8, Josiah Hitchens 2-0-4, Chase Christensen 2-0-4, Javon Todd 6-4-19, Jamir Billings 7-0-17, Jordan Reed 2-2-6, Joe Norris 0-4-4, CJ Fleming 2-4-9, Dylan Rebman 0-0-0. Totals 25-14-71.
Bay 25 25 15 16 — 81
Clearview 18 17 15 21 — 71
Three-point goals: Bay 7-19 (37 percent, Maxwell 3, Showalter 2, Painter, Dupps), Clearview 7-20 (35 percent, Todd 3, Billings 3, Fleming). Field goals: Bay 33-61 (54 percent), Clearview 22-57 (38.5 percent). Free throws: Bay 6-10 (60 percent), Clearview 14-20 (70 percent). Rebounds: Bay 33 (Dupps 10), Clearview 36 (Billings 10). Turnovers: Bay 23, Clearview 24. Total fouls: Bay 15, Clearview 10.
Junior varsity: Bay, 65-36.