Keystone—Turnovers lose games, and tonight the young Clearfield Bison basketball team learned that the hard way. The St. Marys Flying Dutch took advantage of 26 Bison turnovers to earn a hard fought 63-53 win in the first round of the Keystone Tip-off Tournament Friday night.
“We had 26 turnovers, and a lot of them were unforced turnovers. We tried to do too much with the ball for no reason what-so-ever and it led to turnovers. I can’t say that they (St. Marys) really created that many turnovers other than we forced ourselves into them or we literally just threw the ball away,” stated Head Coach Forrest Campman in a post game interview.
Two St. Marys players in particular put together good games thanks to the sloppy execution of the Bisons. Levi Welder and Brett Quiggle were able to score 22 and 21 points respectively to lead all scorers. Two Bisons were also able to put together respectable games in Todd Hryn and Matt Shiner. Hryn paced the Bisons with 19 points and Shiner chipped in with 17.
“They scored, but we probably did not have one player who played an overall solid game. I think Matt shot the ball well, but he had quite a few turnovers. Todd had a few defensive lapses. Their numbers are good. Todd I think had 19 points and 13 rebounds that’s a great stat night, but he could play better, to Matt and Todd’s credit they shot the ball very well from outside” said Campman
As for the rest of the team Campman felt their output was somewhat dismal. “With (Jarrin)Campman and (Drew) Hipps scoring 6 and 5 that’s not going to cut it for us, they have to be guys up there in the point totals for us, and to their credit (St. Marys) they were able to keep Drew neutralized inside and Jarrin did not get many good looks at the basket. One thing we’ve always based ourselves on is playing defense, and tonight we gave up 63 points to a team that doesn’t have a superior offense. We just can’t give up that many points”
With the performance the Bisons showed tonight that they have much improve on, but Coach Campman feels as the season goes on they will get better. “We haven’t done anything as a team since the middle of July; we have 19 players on the roster and out of those 19 only 2 of those players don’t play a fall sport. We encourage kids in our school to be 3 sport players, but when you’re a 3 sport player it obviously doesn’t allow you to be prepared going into a season. When you are involved in a fall sport it doesn’t give you a chance to do team things for a winter sport in the off-season. It’s going to take time for us to get back to doing what we know we can do.”
The Bisons will have a chance to improve Saturday afternoon at 4 in the second round of the Keystone Tip-off Tournament facing Keystone, a 54-48 winner over DuBois.
Notes: Clearfield was victorious in their Junior Varsity game defeating St. Marys 40-22, Chad Zurat was the high scorer for the Bisons with 11 pts….This was the first of three meetings scheduled between Clearfield and St. Marys….Clearfield had 26 turnovers compared to St. Marys 15.
Guido 9pts- B.Mulcahy 9pts- Herbstritt 2pts- Quiggle 21pts- S.Mulcahy 0pts- Welder 22pts
T.Campman 0pts- Herrington 4pts- Ryan 0pts- Zurat 0pts- Greenland 0pts- Fox 0pts- J.Campman 6pts- Shiner 17pts- Hryn 19pts- Kerr 2pts- Hipps 5pts
3-pointers: Clearfield- J.Campman 2, Hryn 3, Shiner 3. St.Marys- Guido 1, Quiggle 4, Welder 2.
Score by Quarter
St.Marys 15-14-15-19 – 63
Clearfield 13-14-10-16 – 53