Defense, three-point shooting lifts Clearview Clippers over Keystone Wildcats

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Clearview's Daimon Knowles, right, grabs a loose ball away from Keystone's Matt Bastock in the second quarter Tuesday night at Clearview High school.

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Clearview's Gerrell Williams, left, gets trapped in the corner by two Keystone defenders in the second quarter Tuesday night.

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Clearview's Clifton Brown, right, looks to get past Keystone's Brandon Kuhl in the second quarter Tuesday night.

SHEFFIELD TWP. — With 1:25 left in the fourth quarter, Gerrell Williams threw down a ferocious two-handed dunk.

It was the finishing touches on an all-around great night for Williams, whose game-high 23 points paced three others in double figures as Clearview routed Keystone, 83-68, Tuesday night.

Eric Burkey (12), Daimon Knowles (15) and Maliek Ivey (17) all scored in double figures for the Clippers (6-7, 4-5 Patriot Athletic Conference), who have won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

“They’re starting to get the little things that make the big difference, you know, that anticipation, or that box out or that double team,” Clearview coach John Szalay said. “We look like a different club (since the Columbia game) and I think it’s because we’re doing fundamental things better.”

Clearview trailed just twice all game — both in the first quarter — before a Burkey 3-pointer gave it a 9-8 lead.

Long distance shooting was a theme for the Clippers, who made 11 of 16 (69 percent) attempts from beyond the arc. Four of those makes came in the first quarter, which Clearview closed on a 5-0 run to lead 17-11.

Keystone (5-10, 4-5) also had a great night shooting, going 24-for-42 (57 percent) from the field, but its defense didn’t do its part — leaving Clearview open on a number of shots.

“We pride ourselves on playing defense all year,” Wildcats coach Jeff Holzhauer said, “but when we can’t stop the guy in front of us and we’re getting beat off the dribble every single time, we deserve to give up 3-pointer after 3-pointer. If you give up wide open looks you’re supposed to knock them down. Credit to Clearview, they knocked them down.”

After a basket from Chase Robison cut the Keystone deficit to 18-13, the Clippers rattled of 11 straight points, including consecutive 3s from Ivey and Burkey. The Wildcats ended the run on a free throw from Matt Bastock with 3:38 left, but trailed 34-22 at the half.

“We’ve been working (on our 3-point shooting),” said Williams, who scored eight points in the second quarter. “We do shooting drills almost every day in practice, so we’re taking a lot of pride in our shooting now.”

Knowles scored eight of his 15 points in the third quarter, including a wide open 3 that made it 43-27. After he made it Knowles ran the length of the court to block a layup from Adam Hopkins, leading to a 3-pointer from Bryan Walker at the other end.

Trailing 48-30, a basket from KJ Williams, a 3 from Bastock, a layup from CJ Conrad and another basket from Hopkins fueled a 9-0 run that pulled Keystone to within 48-39 with 2:12 left.

After a Clearview timeout, Knowles and Ivey hit back-to-back 3s as the Clippers outscored the Wildcats 10-2 to close the third and lead 58-41.

And while the Wildcats couldn’t defend the perimeter, they had a hard time holding onto the ball as well, turning it over 17 times.

“Our defense created some offense for us, and that has not been happening,” Szalay said. “We’re a lot better when that does happen. When we get a steal at half court or something, we get a few extra baskets that way.”

Offense was anything but lacking for both teams in the fourth, combining for 52 points.

Ivey and Williams combined for 17 points while Robison and Austin Conrad combined for 16 for Keystone.

Williams’ dunk gave the Clippers a 21-point lead — their largest of the game — at 81-60.

Clearview shot just over 60 percent (31 of 51) from the field, getting a 9-for-12 effort from Williams.

“I was just working hard trying to help my team win, doing whatever I could,” Williams said. They were trapping. We worked all week on breaking traps, so it was easy to move the ball around when the game came.”

Hopkins led the wildcats with 19 points, while Robison and Conrad scored 14 and 13 points, respectively. Austin Conrad pitched in with eight points off the bench.

Clearview 83, Keystone 68

Patriot Athletic Conference

Crossover

KEYSTONE — Adam Hopkins 7-5 19, Chase Robison 6-2 14, Collin Fitzgerald 1-0 2, CJ Conrad 4-3 13, Brandon Kuhl 1-1 3, Matt Bastock 1-2 5, Austin Conrad 3-0 8, KJ Williams 1-2 4. TOTALS 24-16 68.

CLEARVIEW — Gerrell Williams 9-5 23, Chad anderson 1-2 4, Eric Burkey 4-1 12, Clifton Brown 2-0 4, Daimon Knowles 5-2 15, Bryan Walker 2-0 6, Maliek Ivey 7-0 17, Jason Young 1-0 2. TOTALS 31-10 83.

3-POINT GOALS — K: CJ Conrad, Matt Bastock, Austin Conrad (2); C: Burkey (3), Knowles (3), Walker (2), Ivey (3).

Score By Quarters

Keystone (5-10, 4-5) 11 11 19 27 — 68

Clearview (6-7, 4-5) 17 17 24 25 — 83

Team Statistics

Field Goals — Keystone 24 of 42 (57 percent), Clearview 31 of 51 (61 percent).

Free Throws — K 16 of 20 (80 percent), C 10 of 15 (67 percent).

Rebounds — K 18, C 18.

Turnovers — K 17, C 15.

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Last Updated: 1/23/2013 12:04:38 PM EST

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