Clearfield Can’t Shake Tyrone’s Gripp in 74-47 Loss

TYRONE — Standout Brandon Gripp poured in 39 points and was joined in double figures by three teammates as Mountain League pace-setter Tyrone finished strong to defeat Clearfield 74-47 in a schoolboy basketball make-up game Thursday night.

“The score was not indicative of the game we played,“ Clearfield coach Forrest Campman said. “We were down five with about three minutes to go in the third quarter and just ran out of gas.”

Clearfield (4-16, 4-8 ML) was missing two senior starters with Boston College football recruit Christian Lezzer in Arlington, Texas, to play for the U.S. Under-19 National Team against Team Canada in the International Bowl Friday night and Jon Janocko sidelined by an injury.

Wyatt Westen, another senior, came through with a career-high 15 points, five more than his previous best, while junior Erik Sellers and freshman Will Myers scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Sellers had two of the Bison’s five treys. Westen, Myers and Seth Ford also hit from long range.

Campman noted that the Bison had to contend with a “great player” in Gripp, who scored 12 points in the second quarter and 13 in the third period.

The senior guard made four three-pointers and was nine-for-nine at the foul line in surpassing his 24.8-point average.

The Golden Eagles (16-3, 10-2 ML) got 12 points from Jordan Miller and 10 from Anthony Politza and Dalton McKeehen.

In the junior varsity game, Clearfield challenged Tyrone’s 32-game winning streak but fell short of ending it, losing 46-39. The Bison were led by Evan Brown with 15 points and Cody Spaid with 11.

Penns Valley will be Clearfield’s Senior Night opponent Friday in the new CAHS gym.

Mountain League - Tyrone 10-2, Bald Eagle Area 9-3, Penns Valley 9-3, Central 7-4, Huntingdon 5-6, Clearfield 4-8, Bellefonte 1-9, Philipsburg-Osceola 0-10.

CLEARFIELD — 47

Seth Ford 1  0-0  3, Erik Sellers 4  1-2  11, Will Myers 4  1-1  10, Wyatt Westen 6  2-4  15, Cody Spaid 2  0-0  4, Derek Hryn 0  0-0  0, Andy Brown 1  0-0  2, Devin Jones 0  0-0  0, Evan Brown 1 0-0  2, Kaleb Taylor 0  0-0  0.  TOTALS: 19  4-7  47.

TYRONE — 74

Erik Wagner 0  0-0  0, Tristan Lingafelt 0  0-0  0, Anthony Politza 3  4-8  10, Brandon Gripp 13  9-9  39, Jordan Miller 5  0-0  12, Dalton McKeehen 3  4-4  10, Nathaniel Soellner 0  2-2  2, Preston Mitchell 0  1-2  1, Blake Brooks 0  0-0  0, Shane Geis 0  0-0  0, Mark Lewis 0  0-0  0, Zach Soellner 0  0-0  0.  TOTALS: 24  20-25  74.

Three-Point Field Goals – Clearfield 5 (Ford, Sellers 2, Westen, Myers); Tyrone 6 (Gripp 4, Miller 2).

Score by Quarters

Clearfield    13  15   7  12  -  47
Tyrone        15  20  20  19  -  74

Bison Scoreboard:

Date Opponent Score Record
12/09 CURWENSVILLE 38 – 56 0 – 1
12/10 @ Central 32 – 55 0 – 2
12/13 @ Huntingdon 41 – 65 0 – 3
12/18 BALD EAGLE AREA 57 – 89 0 – 4
12/20 @ Bellefonte 52 – 51 1 – 4
  @ PL Lions Club Tourney    
12/27 vs. Bald Eagle Area 41 – 68 1 – 5
12/28 vs. Harmony 51 – 32 2 – 5
01/03 @ Punxsutawney 38 – 70 2 – 6
01/06 TYRONE ppd. 2 – 6
01/07 @ Brookville ppd. 2 – 6
01/09 TYRONE 40 – 62 2 – 7
01/10 @ Penns Valley 39 – 68 2 – 8
01/14 PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA 71 – 56 3 – 8
01/17 ST. MARYS 41 – 51 3 – 9
01/20 DUBOIS 49 – 65 3 – 10
01/22 CENTRAL 44 – 41 4 – 10
01/24 HUNTINGDON 49 – 61 4 – 11
01/28 @ Brookville ppd. 4 – 11
01/29 @ Bald Eagle Area 53 – 73 4 – 12
01/31 BELLEFONTE 58 – 39 5 -12
02/03 @ Brookville 34 – 47 5 – 13
02/05 @ Tyrone ppd. 5 – 13
02/06 @ Tyrone 47 – 74 5 – 14
02/07 PENNS VALLEY    
02/12 @ Philipsburg-Osceola    
02/14 @ Curwensville    
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