Clearfield–It is said a truly good team finds a way to win even when they aren\’t playing at their best. Clearfield proved Saturday they are a truly good team. The Bisons advanced to 2-0 with a 2 point win over rival St. Marys in what many believe was a match up of the top 2 teams in the District. Clearfield rallied from a small deficit in the fourth quarter to claim the the lead with minutes left in the game and hold off a last second opportunity for the Dutch to score.
\”We didn\’t play that well tonight, but it was only our second game so you can\’t expect to be perfect. I criticized the team after the game about the way we played, but it\’s still a win. St. Marys probably has the most talent in the district, so this is a big win,\” said Clearfield Head Coach Forrest Campman.
Clearfield\’s Jarrin Campman was the catalyst once again in the first quarter for the Bisons as he scored 7 of his 18 points to give the Bisons an early lead at the end of the quarter 19-13.
\”Jarrin is just a good player. He played another great game for us tonight. His 18 points were a quiet 18, but he still made big shots. He played a great game defensively covering Matt Guido holding him to under 10 points, and he (Guido) is probably the best guard in the District,\” said Campman
The Bisons would lose the lead in the second period and not regain it until the late minutes of the fourth quarter. Levi Welder lead the charge for the Dutch netting 33 points in the game with a majority of his points coming in the from the middle of the second quarter on.
\”Welder is great player. Even though he scored over 30 points, Chad Zurat did a great job of forcing him to shoot tough shots and really held his own. Chad came up with a big block on Welder late in the game that was a big play,\” commented Campman.
Matt Shiner put the final cap on the comeback by hitting four straight free throws at the end of the game to give him 16 points. Parker Herrington also hit some key shots down the stretch to give him a team high 20 points. Clearfields version of the \”Big 3\” (Campman, Herrington, Shiner) combined to net 54 of the teams 65 points.
\”Our big 3 matched up against St. Marys big 3 (Guido, Quiggle, Welder) really well. Welder had 33 points, but we neutralized Guido and Quiggle and held them way under their averages. I really feel our bench outplayed theirs and that was key. Chad Zurat, Tyler Wilson, and Jeremy Priester gave us great minutes off the bench. Tyler I feel was the X-factor in the game. He made a huge bucket in the fourth and made a great pass to Matt on a back door cut on the basket that gave us the lead,\” said Campman
Clearfield will be back in action again Tuesday as they travel to Bradford to take on the Owls. Coach Campman will be searching for his first win against Bradford on their home court as he is 0-8 all time against the league rival on the road.