Trey Jordan Lights Up Scoreboard as Clearfield Closes Season with 50-27 Win over Penns Valley

HYDE — Sometimes the best is saved for last.  As the senior players were honored Friday night at the Arthur J. Weiss Gymnasium, the packed crowd wondered what the Clearfield Bison squad would do to finish out the season.  On the opposing side of the court, the Penns Valley Rams hoped to spoil any sort of celebration.

Things started slow, with the first points coming midway through the first quarter.  But, one player stood out from all the rest.

Senior Bison Trey Jordan, thanks to his teammates and his own determination, put forth the best game of his career on his final night on the home court.  Not only did Jordan outscore the entire Ram offense, but he showed a lot of passion, and heart, as he helped lead the Bison to a 50-27 triumph.

But, before talking about his senior standout, head coach Forrest Campman elected to give credit to the Rams, and how good a team they were.

“You look at Penns Valley, there’s a team that beat Tyrone last week, and beat us by 30…but that game was similar to the Central game, and the Central team and Penns Valley are similar teams,” Campman said.  “They are well coached.  The way they play is they get ahead early, they’re not used to playing behind, they are scoring 40’s, low 50’s all the time.  But, they are efficient.

“When they played Tyrone, you know they were ahead 3-2 over them (Golden Eagles), but they had one possession that had 35 passes before making a shot.  That’s how they’ll play if they’re ahead of you.”

By forcing the Rams to play from behind, it got momentum in the favor of the home team early, as the Bison got out to a 9-2 lead at one point, ending the first quarter ahead 9-5.  But, the second quarter, things began swinging heavily towards Clearfield.  Jordan himself was taking chances by driving the lane, but also got a lot of help from his supporting cast.  In the quarter, he went four of four, including one deep basket behind the arc, ending the night with a career-high 31 points, outscoring not only his teammates, but the entire Ram offense.

He did not do it alone, as he was being fed the ball by both Christian Lezzer and Seth Ford, who combined for 15 assists on the night.  Jonathan Janocko was the leader in rebounds, pulling down seven boards.

The important thing that Campman wanted to see was his team finish the season victorious, comparing the win to the NFL.

“You think about the Super Bowl, the losing team can say their season is over, but they still lost.  Meanwhile, you have teams that finish their season without making playoffs, but they still won their last game.  So heading into the off-season, they have to be feeling confident,” Campman said.  “The big thing is the effort, and time in practice.  We had the snow day on Friday, but we still had practice Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon, and the kids were there.”

No Rams made it into double digits scoring, as it was Dalton Ulmanic leading their stats with six points, while Zack Engle led in rebounds with five as he came off the bench late in the game.

Penns Valley did pull a victory in the jayvee game to start the evening, winning 38-23.

Despite the losing record, Campman was extremely pleased with his players in how they finished the year, and what can come of next season of some of the underclassmen.

“I told Lezzer after the game that if he watches the video, it’s probably hands-down the best game he’s played in his career,” Campman said.  “His overall game was a dominating performance.  He scored a lot of points off missed foul shots.  I thought he played an incredible game passing to other guys, and setting up their shots.

“You always remember the last game.  It’s good for the program in general going into the off-season,” Campman said.  “It makes the seniors feel good about their final game, and gives the kids next year something to look forward to.”

SCORE BY QUARTER

Penns Valley    5    2    10    10    –     27

Clearfield    9     11    18    12    –     50

Penns Valley 27


Alexander 0 0-0 0, Johnson 2 0-0 5, Collison 0 0-1 0, Ulmanic 1 4-4 6, Ott 2 0-0 5, Weaver 1 2-2 4, Jackson 1 0-0 2, Tobias 2 0-0 5, Beamsderfer 0 0-0 0, Engle 1 0-1 2.  Totals 10 6-8 27.

Clearfield 50

Climie 0 0-0 0, Lezzer 2 0-0 4, Ford 0 0-0 0, Beardsley 1 0-0 2, Sellers 3 0-0 6, Westen 2 1-2 5, Jordan 12 6-11 31, Janocko 0 0-0 0, Brown 1 0-0 2.  Totals 21 7-13 50.

Field-Goal Shooting:  PV-10/38  CF-21/39
Rebounds:  PV-14  CF-23
Team Fouls:  PV-13  CF-15
Turnovers:  PV-16  CF-8

Three-Point Shots:  PV-Johnson, Ott, Tobias; CF-Jordan

Final Bison Scoreboard:

Date Opponent Score Record
12/07 CURWENSVILLE ppd. 0 – 0
12/10 CURWENSVILLE 42 – 37 1 – 0
12/12 @ Central 29 – 50 1 – 1
12/14 HUNTINGDON 55 – 61 1 – 2
12/18 @ Bald Eagle Area 50 – 79 1 – 3
12/21 @ Bellefonte 51-50 2ot 2 – 3
  @ PL Lions Club Tourney    
12/27 vs. Harmony 41 – 48 2 – 4
12/28 vs. Purchase Line 85 – 63 3 – 4
01/04 PUNXSUTAWNEY 31 – 69 3 – 5
01/07 BROOKVILLE 42 – 43 3 – 6
01/08 TYRONE 52 – 61 3 – 7
01/11 @ Penns Valley 23 – 44 3 – 8
01/15 PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA 47 – 49 3 – 9
01/18 @ St. Marys 53 – 49 4 – 9
01/21 @ DuBois 21 – 49 4 – 10
01/23 CENTRAL 56 – 43 5 – 10
01/25 @ Huntingdon ppd. 5 – 10
01/28 @ Huntingdon ppd. 5 – 10
01/30 BALD EAGLE AREA 26 – 68 5 – 11
02/01 BELLEFONTE 41 – 49 5 – 12
02/06 @ Tyrone 38 – 61 5 – 13
02/08 PENNS VALLEY ppd. 5 – 13
02/11 @ Curwensville 48 – 52 5 – 14
02/12 @ Philipsburg-Osceola 56 – 53 6 – 14
02/14 @ Huntingdon 41 – 62 6 – 15
02/15 PENNS VALLEY 50 – 27 7 – 15

 

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