THOMAS FETCENKO / CHRONICLE Clearview High School's Jordan Reed (25) shoots and Fairview High School's Noah Mesaros (2) guards him on Friday night, February 15.
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LORAIN — Technically, Clearview still has a chance to win a share of the Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division.
But with both student sections out in full force, Friday’s game against Fairview sure felt like it was for all the marbles, and a controversial technical against one of the Clippers’ best players went a long way to determining the outcome.
The Warriors utilized a big fourth quarter to secure a 69-61 win over Clearview, which played the final 12 minutes without Jaylen Paschel because he picked up two technical fouls early in the third quarter.
Fairview (19-2, 14-1) takes a one-game lead into the final week of the season, clinching at least a share of the title. Clearview (14-6, 13-2) must beat Brooklyn — which is winless in the PAC and lost to the Clippers by 68 points earlier in the season — and hope Lutheran West pulls an upset against the Warriors to share the crown. The Longhorns improved to 4-10 in the PAC with a win Friday.
“I’m proud of my kids,” Clearview coach John Szalay said. “There was a lot of adversity out there today. I’m not going to comment on the officiating, that’s not my job. Let’s give credit to Fairview because they played a great second half. They took the ball to the rim, but our kids played hard. They tried their best and that’s all I can ask of them.”
Paschel put together his entire stat line in the first half — 10 points and seven rebounds, a team high despite his early exit, and his impact was missed on the defensive end.
Things went south about two minutes into the third quarter when he shoved Fairview’s Luke Howes to the ground, picking up his first technical. Howes was limited to four points in the first half with Paschel as his primary defender, but exploded for 20 in the second half, including 11 after Paschel was disqualified.
His second technical came two minutes later when he and Noah Mesaros both went up for a rebound and came crashing down to the floor with simultaneous possession. Instead of calling a jump ball, the official gave both players a technical, leading to Paschel’s ejection.
Szalay said the officials told him that after the whistle both players continued to fight.
“It was huge,” said Clearview sophomore Jamir Billings, who led the team with 16 points. “(Paschel) is our guy along with Javon (Todd). He scores, rebounds, passes, blocks shots. It was a huge loss for us.”
Billings was a big reason the Clippers regained the lead after Paschel’s exit as he scored 10 of his points in the final quarter. He connected on a jumper, a three and a layup for seven of Clearview’s first eight points in the fourth to put the Clippers up 51-45.
Jordan Reed also helped out, scoring half of his eight points in the fourth, including a strong drive and finish to give Clearview a 56-51 lead with 4:40 left.
“Coach gives us different lineups in practice,” Billings said. “We were able to play tough and play strong. It’s all mental. We just have to use it in late-game situations. We know what not to do now the next time we play.”
Fairview’s Martin Lowry answered with a 3-pointer to bring the Warriors within two. A steal on the inbounds play led to Marty Rehor tying the game at 56 with a jumper. That was the first of four straight turnovers for the Clippers, resulting in an 11-0 run in just under two minutes to effectively put the game away.
Clearview committed 15 of its 16 fouls in the second half. Fairview had 14 for the game with seven coming before halftime.
“We rely on our defense and our defense let them get to the rim a lot in the second half,” Szalay said. “We stopped them in the first half, but in the second half they were living at the rim and if they missed, they got a put back. And we didn’t shoot very well tonight.”
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Fairview 69, Clearview 61
FAIRVIEW (69): Luke Howes 8-8-24, Martin Lowry 6-1-14, Noah Mesaros 5-0-11, Ethan Macquate 1-0-2, Marty Rehor 4-3-13, Jack Provenza 1-0-2, Turner Hahn 1-0-3. Totals 26-12-69.
CLEARVIEW (61): Jaylen Paschel 5-0-10, Jamir Billings 7-0-16, Dylan Rebman 2-0-4, Javon Todd 2-2-6, Chase Christensen 3-0-7, C.J. Fleming 1-4-7, Joe Norris 1-0-3, Jordan Reed 4-0-8. Totals 25-6-61.
Fairview 7 14 22 26 — 69
Clearview 8 21 14 18 — 61
Three-point goals: Fairview 5-20 (Rehor 2, Hahn, Lowry, Mesaros), Clearview 5-24 (Billings 2, Christensen, Fleming, Norris). Field goals: Fairview 26-57 (46 percent), Clearview 25-69 (36 percent). Free throws: Fairview 12-19 (63 percent), Clearview 6-11 (55 percent). Rebounds: Fairview 35 (Howes 12, Mesaros 10), Clearview 35 (Paschel 7). Total fouls: Fairview 14, Clearview 16. Fouled out: Paschel. Turnovers: Fairview 21, Clearview 13.
Junior varsity: Fairview, 62-26