PARMA HEIGHTS — Despite having just eight players on the roster, Clearview matched Holy Name’s fast-paced offense shot for shot Friday in a Division II sectional final.
But what the Clippers couldn’t do was make enough of those shots go in the basket.
The seventh-seeded Clippers made nine fewer shots than the second-seeded Green Wave as their season came to an end with an 86-69 loss at Holy Name’s Mahnic Family Gymnasium.
“Too many weapons,” Clearview coach John Szalay said of the Green Wave. “Our kids played hard, but they just have a lot of offensive weapons. … Whenever we started to cut it down a little bit, it seemed like they hit a three, and they’re difficult to stop.”
Holy Name (18-5) entered the game having twice scored 115 points this season, and Szalay knew Green Wave coach Jeff Huber would continue pushing the pace. The teams combined to put up 149 shots, 50 of which were 3-pointers.
“I didn’t mind the pace,” Szalay said. “I’m sure Jeff wanted to increase it a little bit to wear us down, but we’ve been used to playing this way. We’re not a good team if the score is low. We’ve got to get up and down. That’s when we shoot the ball better, and that’s when we play better. I didn’t mind the pace at all. They just had a few more weapons than we did offensively.”
The Clippers (17-7) started strong in the first half, but Holy Name guard Quentin Richardson made three 3-pointers and added a layup over the first eight minutes. He hit a fourth 3-pointer in a 24-point second quarter for the Green Wave, finished the night with a team-high 21 points and had plenty of help in the scoring department.
Calvin McPherson buried three second-half 3-pointers and had 19 points, while forward Jack Kenneally and guard Aidan Hickey added 15 and 12, respectively.
“Richardson was awesome in the first half,” Szalay said. “He made a lot of shots, and we missed some shots. We drove the lane or we got out on the break and we just didn’t finish around the rim. Against this team, you have got to score whenever you can, and I think we missed some scoring opportunities in that second quarter.
“Twenty-four is too much. We can’t give up that many, and right before the half, Jaylen Paschel had a layup. He missed it, and they came down and made a layup, so instead of being down nine, we’re down 13 at the half. We fought, but let’s give credit to Holy Name. They played a good game.”
Although Clearview’s season ended, the fans had reason to stand and cheer late in the fourth quarter as senior guard Javon Todd finished off a 24-point performance to go over the 1,000-point mark for his career.
“I thank my teammates for doing that for me because they didn’t have to give me the ball,” Todd said. “They didn’t have to set picks to get me open. They didn’t have to do any of that, but I appreciate my teammates and I hope they have a good future ahead of them and achieve their dreams.”
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Holy Name 86, Clearview 69
CLEARVIEW (69): Jaylen Paschel 5-1-15, Chase Christensen 0-2-2, Joe Norris 1-0-2, CJ Fleming 2-0-4, Javon Todd 9-5-24, Dylan Rebman 2-0-4, Jamir Billings 6-0-16, Jordan Reed 1-0-2. Totals 26-8-69.
HOLY NAME (86): Quentin Richardson 8-1-21, Calvin McPherson 8-0-19, Jack Kenneally 6-2-15, Joe Schmock 3-2-9, Sean Springer 1-2-4, Richard Forgach 1-0-2, Tony Carter 2-0-4, Aidan Hickey 6-0-12. Totals 35-7-86.
Clearview 16 12 21 20 — 69
Holy Name 17 24 18 27 — 86
Three-point goals: Clearview 9-27 (Paschel 4, Billings 4, Todd), Holy Name 9-23 (Richardson 4, McPherson 3, Kenneally, Schmock). Field goals: Clearview 26-79 (32.9 percent), Holy Name 35-70 (50 percent). Free throws: Clearview 8-11 (72.7 percent), Holy Name 7-11 (63.6 percent). Rebounds: Clearview 29, Holy Name 38. Turnovers: Clearview 12, Holy Name 13.