LORAIN — It was everything a Senior Night should be. All nine Clearview seniors played and scored, the home team won big and the Clippers clinched the best record in the Patriot Athletic Conference. To top it all off, the team had the traditional net cutting ceremony afterward as all 15 teammates celebrated with each other and their fans.
In short, the night was perfect for Clearview, which blasted Oberlin, 69-39, to finish at 12-1 in the PAC. Although the Clippers earlier clinched the title in the Stripes Division, the victory kept them a game better than Wellington, the Stars Division champion. Clearview is 17-2 as it looks forward to its last regular-season game at Southview on Friday and next week’s tournament opener.
“Everyone contributed,” said Clearview coach John Szalay. “We started a different group of seniors tonight and they played very well. We see it every day with good competition in practice.”
Offensively, the game started slowly with the Clippers’ first points coming from Kevin Watson, who hit three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt at the 4:41 mark of the first quarter. That sparked a 10-point run and a 15-4 first period that set the tone for the rest of the game.
With Kevin’s twin brother Colin scoring 11 points in the second quarter, including three 3-pointers, Clearview opened a 39-11 lead at halftime. The second half went as expected with frequent substitutions, fouls and turnovers by both teams. While Colin Watson finished with 13 points, Kevin scored 10, and fellow senior Kyle Baughman scored 14.
The mixed feelings that came with playing the final home game were expressed by all the Clippers afterward. “It’s sad, but I’m also happy,” Kevin Watson said. “We got the whole team playing so it was a good game. But I’m going to miss playing at Clearview. It still seems like it’s four years ago and, all of sudden, it’s done already.”
The Watsons have often been the first players off the bench, so getting to start was an opportunity they weren’t going to pass up, according to Colin.
“It was the first time a lot of us got to start, so we wanted to show what we were made of,” he said. “And later the regular starters came off the bench and kept it going. We really shut (the Phoenix) down throughout the first half.”
In holding Oberlin to 11 first-half points, the Clippers limited the Phoenix to just 11 shots from the field, while forcing 16 turnovers. Meanwhile, Clearview made 14 of 26 first-half shots, while committing only nine turnovers and outrebounding its opponents, 14-7.
To its credit, the Phoenix didn’t roll over. Oberlin was outscored only 30-28 in the second half as they were led by Anthony Barnhill, who finished with 13 points.
Clearview 69, Oberlin 39
CLEARVIEW (69): Kevin Watson 2-6-10, ColinWatson 4-2-13, Zach Anderson 1-0-3, Eric Thompson 2-2-6, Curtis Alston 1-1-3, Tony Williams 3-2-9, Anthony Hitchens 2-0-4, Collin Owens 1-0-2, Kyle Baughman 5-1-14, DeShawn Carter 0-0-0, Davon Daniels 1-1-3, Jacob Senquiz 1-0-2, Dominic Dominguez 0-0-0, Aaron Arnoczky 0-0-0, John Miller 0-0-0. Totals 23-15-69.
OBERLIN (39): Anthony Barnhill 3-7-13, Tim Hill 3-0-9, Jason Moore 1-0-2, James Aaron 1-3-5,Jay Lowther 0-0-0, Gilbert Harris 0-0-0, Noland Isom 2-0-4, Alfonso Allen 0-2-2, Dorian Pretlow 2-0-4, Carlos Rodriguez 0-0-0. Totals 12-12-39.
Oberlin 4 7 10 18 — 39
Clearview 15 24 13 17 — 69
Three-point field goals: Clearview 8-17 (Williams, C. Watson 3, Anderson, Baughman 3); Oberlin 3-14 (Hill 3). Field goals: Clearview 23-47 (49 percent); Oberlin 12-35 (34 percent). Free throws: Clearview 15-20 (75 percent); Oberlin 13-21 (62 percent). Turnovers: Clearview 16; Oberlin 26. Rebounds: Clearview 27, Oberlin 24. Fouls: Clearview 14, Oberlin 15. Junior varsity: Clearview, 49-28.
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