Clearfield entered Tuesday night’s game against Elk County Catholic with a perfect 7-0 record and left the game with their first blemish of the season. The Bisons led the Crusaders by a point at the end of the third quarter only to fail to muster enough points in the fourth quarter to secure an 8th straight victory.
“We aren’t playing well right now. At this point we just aren’t a good team, we are just winning games by playing bad. It’s not all the kid\’s fault I take the blame because we aren’t playing consistent. You know that ECC is going to play strong and beat you mentally and they did that tonight,” said Clearfield Head Coach Forrest Campman.
The Bisons got off to a slow start trailing 10-8 at the end of the first period. Many of Clearfield’s woes in the first were attributed to Matt Shiner picking up 3 personal fouls in under 5 minutes. The Bisons ice cold shooting from the perimeter didn’t help the cause.
“We just didn’t play a good game tonight. I knew we would lose eventually in our tougher part of the schedule we have coming up, I just didn’t think it would be tonight at home,” commented Campman.
In the second quarter the Bisons looked to senior Jarrin Campman to pick up the slack. Campman, the Bisons 2nd leading scorer at 15 points per game was held scoreless in the first period but came on strong in the second pouring in his team high 10 points in the frame and helping Clearfield take a 22-16 lead into the half.
“I thought we had them on their heels in the second when Jarrin started to knock down some shots. I thought we were starting to wear them out, but they actually ended up just wearing us out. Aaron (Straub) is a great coach and he keeps his kids disciplined, and we just weren’t disciplined tonight,” said Campman.
In the third quarter the Bisons continued to struggle from the field, but used solid play form the bench to keep themselves in the game and maintain their lead. Chad Zurat and Jeremy Priester led the charge from the bench chipping in with four and three points respectively and grabbing key rebounds. At the end of the quarter the Bisons clung on to a 32-31 lead.
“Chad played a good hustle game tonight. He did all the things we ask of him to do minus a few mistakes he made. Cruise Kerr, even though he was in foul trouble, did a good job on the boards while he was in,” remarked Campman.
In the fourth quarter the Bisons watched their hopes of a perfect season fade after each missed basket. Clearfields two leading scorers, Jarrin Campman and Matt Shiner, failed to record a single point in the fourth quarter. The Bisons only managed six points in the frame with four of them coming out of the hand of Parker Herrington. When the final buzzer rang the Bisons hopes at the school\’s first undefeated season crumbled with a 48-38 score.
Campman added, “Like I said before we just didn’t play well tonight, and right now we just aren’t where we need to be we, we aren’t as good of a team as it seems. We just need to come out ready to play Friday and play a complete game.\”
The Bisons are back in action Friday night when they travel to St. Marys to take on league rival the Dutch.
Score by Quarter
ECC 10 6 15 17 48
Clfd 8 14 10 6 38
Clearfield – 38
J. Campman 3 3-4 10, Shiner 2 4-5 9, T. Campman 0 0-0 0, Herrington 3 2-2 9, Kerr 0 1-4 1, Zurat 2 0-0 4. Wilson 1 0-0 2, Priester 1 1-1 3, Redden 0 0-0 0
ECC – 48
Wortman 6 0-0 12,Bauer 2 2-4 6, Higgins 5 6-8 16, Detsch 1 2-2 5, Jacob 2 3-3 7, Chiodo 1 0-0 2, Rupprecht 0 0-0 0, Herzing 0 0-0 0