HYDE — Clearfield boys\’ basketball coach Forrest Campman dug deep into his bag of offenses on Wednesday night in a 54-38 win over visiting DuBois at Arthur J. Weiss Gymnasium.
Campman\’s Bisons dusted off the fast-break offense and cruised to victory – despite a poor night shooting the ball. The Bisons, who are coming off tough opponents in Elk County Catholic and Bradford, were forced to slow their game down just a touch against a scrappy DuBois squad. Clearfield\’s ability to find open shots was the problem, converting them into points proved to be tricky.
\”We decided to go to a running game tonight,\” Campman said. \”We hadn\’t done that in four or five games. That is the type of team you don\’t want to let them stay in the game. I think it worked against us in the first half, but I think it wore them down in the second half. We got quite a bit of turnovers.
\”We overcame a bad shooting night coming off a tough week last week. We came out ready to play.\”
Todd Hryn led Clearfield with 11 points. Drew Hipps and Mike Johnson scored nine apiece, wihle James Zimmerman scored eight and Andrew Janocko chipped in with seven in a total team effort. Zach Barton led DuBois with 17 points.
Clearfield (7-5, 2-3 District 9 League) started quicking with a 7-0 run to open the game with a layup from Johnson, foul shots from Kline and Hryn and a 3-point play from Jarrin Campman. DuBois called timeout between Jarrin Campman\’s layup and his foul shot to get its game together.
DuBois (1-11, 0-4) roared back with a 10-2 run that bridge the first and second quarters. When the dust cleared the Beavers led 11-9 on Barton\’s jumper from the left corner with 5:07 left in the first half. Barton started the run with a baseline jumper and along the way Matt Stoltz hit a free throw and John Hartzfeld hit a layup. Barton added two foul shots and Andy Barton\’s jumper from the left corner knotted the score at 9-9.
Clearfield called timeout and increased the defensive pressure. DuBois committed turnovers that Clearfield turned into a points and a 2-point Clearfield deficit grew into a 9-point halftime lead. Johnson hit a layup to tie the game at 11-11 and Janocko\’s foul shots gave Clearfield a 13-11 lead.
\”They forced us to play defense the entire game,\” Campman said. \”I wasn\’t as happy with our rebounding tonight as I have been. I wasn\’t happy overall with our defense. There were still some solid defensive sets out there and some solid rebounds out there. They haven\’t been as strong as what we have been doing, but it wasn\’t giving the other team a lot of play, too.\”
Johnson responded with another quick layup and Janocko knocked down a 3-pointer and the Bisons were stampeding, 18-11. Players from each team became involved in a bit of a scuffle, but Clearfield surrendered just one point. Johnson hit the first of two technical foul shots and Barton knocked down both shots for the Beavers. However, Clearfield already had the game in hand.
Hipps converted a 3-point play and Hryn added a pair of layups to end the half.
Clearfield cruised through the second half. It built an insurmountable lead with solid offense and defense. The Bisons used a 12-0 run near the end of the third quarter to put the game out of reach.
\”We just came off two tough teams in Elk County and Bradford,\” Campman said. \”They are the two best teams on our schedule, and we played very well (against them). I thought tonight we came out and shot quickly.\”
Clearfield travels to Philipsburg-Osceola on Monday. The Mounties are coached by former Clearfield standout Matt Barnes. Junior varsity action tips-off at 6 p.m.
DuBois – 38
Zach Barton 5 7-11 17, Emily Khoury 4 0-2 9, Andy Bush 1 0-0 2, Jordan LaBue 0 0-0 0, John Hartzfeld 2 0-0 4, Matt Stoltz 1 2-4 4, Brant Davis 0 2-2 2, Jon Wayland 0 0-2 0. Totals: 13 11-21 38.
Clearfield – 54
John Lhota 1 0-1 2, Andrew Janocko 2 2-2 7, Kyle Kline 1 1-2 3, James Zimmerman 3 1-4 8, Mike Johnson 4 1-2 9, Jarrin Campman 1 3-3 5, Todd Hryn 5 0-1 11, Drew Hipps 4 1-3 9. Totals: 20 9-18 54.
3-pointers: DuBois 1-3 (Khoury 1-1, Bush 0-1, LaBue 0-1); Clearfield 2- 11 (Janocko 1-3, Zimmerman, 1-4, Lhota 0-1, Kline 0-1, Campman 0-1, Hryn 0-1).
Score By Quarters
DuBois 3 12 11 12 – 38
Clearfield 9 17 16 12 – 54