Bison Cagers Win by One in Last Minute

HYDE — All the Clearfield boys\’ basketball team needed was a 
little patience.
  
The Bisons turned in a patient game on both offense and defense and 
erased a 3-point Johnsonburg lead over the final minute of play 
Thursday evening at Arthur J. Weiss Gymnasium to capture a thrilling 
36-35 come-from-behind victory. The much-needed win snapped 
Johnsonburg\’s 4-game win streak and provided head coach Forrest 
Campman with the answers he was searching for following a 
disappointing loss to Huntingdon earlier this week.
  
\”It\’s gonna be every game down to the wire,\” Campman said. \”It\’s a 
situation that these kids are so tight that when you lose it\’s a 
downer, but when you win its a great pick me up. There is a lot of 
emotion in these type of games.\”
  
The Bisons geared their style of play as to what they needed to do 
in order to be competitive against a Johnsonburg team capable of 
scoring plenty of points. Patience on offense with plenty of ball 
movement and clearing out underneath the basket to gain 
high-percentage shots combined with patience on defense and limiting 
Johnsonburg\’s Calvin Grumley to just 12 points sparked Clearfield to 
the win.
  
\”We perservered,\” Campman said. \”It\’s a 32-minute game. We changed 
out style – for tonight – just to see if we could slow the game down. 
I was worried because our bench hadn\’t played well. Tonight, Jarrin 
(Campman) gave us a good game off the bench, and Todd Hryn won the 
game at the end for us.\”
  
Mike Johnson led Clearfield with 17 points. Calvin Grumley, who is 
chasing the all-time scoring mark in District 9, led Johnsonburg with 
12 points.
  
Clearfield led nearly the entire game, but Johnsonburg erased a 
4-point deficit late in the third quarter to get right into a highly 
competitive game. Paul Imgrobno\’s layup with 1:40 left in the third 
pulled the Rams to within two, 29-27, and his buzzer-beating 3-pointer 
from near mid-court gave the Rams a 1-point advantage heading into the final quarter of play.
  
Johnsonburg extended its run into the fourth quarter as Grumley hit 
a layup and a foul shot to complete a 8-0 Rams\’ run that resulted in a 
4-point lead, 33-29. Clearfield came storming back on offense and 
continued its patience game – and found a Johnsonburg team waning in 
the patience department.
  
The Bisons continually swung the ball around the perimeter. With 
both teams lacking size under the basket, Clearfield was able to spot 
the deficiency and create movement along the baseline that moved 
Johnsonbug defenders out from under the basket and give Bison guards 
an open area to attack.
  
James Zimmerman hit a jumper in the paint – conincidentally in one 
of those open spaces – to cut the Bisons\’ deficit to two, 33-31, but 
the Rams responded with Wayne Zilkofsky hitting a layup at the other 
end of the floor to secure Johnsonburg\’s 4-point lead, 35-31, with 
5:30 remaining.
  
Clearfield continued its patience game and didn\’t get caught up in 
the fact the clock was winding down. The Bisons kept going with its 
offensive-oriented, ball-movement strategy and it paid off as Mike 
Johnson was fouled on his way to the basket. Johnson converted one of 
two foul shots to pull Clearfield within three, 35-32, with 4:12 
remaining.
  
Johnsonburg came storming back and Grumley was fouled as he tried 
to drive the lane. Grumley missed his foul shot and Clearfield 
converted on the other end as Johnson hit a layup to pull the Bisons 
within one, 35-34, with 55.5 seconds remaining in the game.
  
Grumley was fouled again as he tried to penetrate the lane, and 
agains missed his foul shot. The Bisons took control and rushed the 
ball to the other end of the floor. Clearfield kept the ball along the 
perimeter until point guard John Lhota pushed the ball inside to 
Johnson at the right side of the basket. Johnson failed to get off a 
shot, but was able to make a nifty pass through two Johnsonburg 
defenders in the paint to Todd Hryn.
  
Hryn took the pass and hit a layup with 12.0 seconds remaining to 
give Clearfield a 36-35 lead. Johnsonburg had one final shot at the 
basket, but its long-range shot didn\’t go in and Clearfield\’s bench 
erupted in celebration and poured out onto the court to celebrate 
victory.
  
\”They put up a lot of points in some games,\” Campman said. \”I am 
looking at Johnsonburg and they would rather see the game go into a 
full-court game and let Grumley cut loose and do whatever (he wants). 
Our game plan tonight was to know where Grumley was at and not get 
over-extended. We double-teamed a couple times tonight and it killed 
us once when they hit a 3-pointer. We didn\’t double all the time, we 
played him straight up. Grumley only had 12 points, but those were 12 
he had to earn. You are talking about the kid who could end up the 
leading scorer in District 9 history.\”
  
Clearfield is now 4-3 on the season. The Bisons return to action 
December 29 at the Purchase Line Tournament.
  
\”This will obviously help us in practice over the next couple of 
days heading into the Purchase Line tournament,\” Campman said. \”We\’ve 
won that tournament two years in a row. I think we want to win that 
one again. I look at our schedule and I don\’t know if there is any 
team much better than us. But, I can\’t say we are much better than 
every team on the schedule. We are going to have to compete every game.\”
   
In junior varsity action, Clearfield downed Johnsonburg 56-38. Matt 
Shiner led Clearfield with 18 points, while Parker Herrington added 17 
in the win.

  
Johnsonburg – 35
Calvin Grumley 4 3-6 12, Paul Imbrogno 3 0-0 7, Zach Padasak 2 0-3 
4, Zilkofski 1 0-0 2, Jordan 3 0-0 8, Patrick 1 0-0 2. Totals: 14 3-9  35
 
Clearfield – 36
John Lhota 0 0-0 0, Jarrin Campman 2 0-0 6, Andrew Janocko 0 0-0 0, 
Mike Johnson 7 3-6 17, Kyle Kline 1 0-0 2, Todd Hryn 1 0-0 2, James 
Zimmerman 4 0-0 9, Drew Hipps 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 3-6 36.
   3-pointers: Johnsonburg 4-9 (Jordan 2-3, Imbrogno 1-2, Grumley 1-2, 
Padasak 0-1); Clearfield 3-10 (Zimmerman 1-1, Campman 2-4, Hipps 0-2, 
Lhota 0-3).
   Halftime score: Clearfield 20, Johnsonburg 15.

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