Raiders Overtake Bison in Final Minute for 40-38 Win

Bison senior Reese Wilson sets a screen for classmate Jonny Gates (Photo by Eve Siegel)

HYDE — Up by eight points in the first minute of the fourth quarter of a non-conference game against Brookville in the Bison Gym Thursday night, the Clearfield Area High School boys basketball team seemed poised for a win that, hopefully, would be a springboard to a strong finish heading to the playoffs.

However, the Bison went cold from the field and couldn’t stave off the Raiders’ rally which saddled them with one of their two toughest defeats of the season, 40-38.

“It was a disappointing loss,” Bison coach Nate Glunt said. “Give Brookville credit. They didn’t quit when they got down. They kept fighting back.”

Very few shots were uncontested in the tight duel of tough, physical man defenses that resulted in only four lead changes and one tie, so the Bison appeared to be in control when Taye Lynch’s putback on one of his five offensive rebounds made it 33-27 with 7:13 remaining.

That would prove to be the Bison’s last field goal, though, as they misfired on their last seven shots and were guilty of six turnovers, five of them steals by the aggressive Raiders.

The Bison were outscored 13-3 the rest of the way, with their only points coming at the foul line.

Brookville, 12-4 with wins in nine of the last 10 games, closed to within a point, 35-34, before Reese Wilson’s free throw with 1:06 left ended the visitors’ run.

After Trenton Gilhousen sank the second of two foul shots, Lynch stepped to the line in the pressure-packed situation and calmly drained two free throws to make it 38-35 with 50.4 seconds on the clock.

“Taye played a really good game,” Glunt said. “He was great on the offensive boards.”

Bryan Dworek offset Lynch’s clutch foul shots with a drive, and the Raiders’ zone press produced a turnover that resulted in the game-winning basket created by Brady Caylor with a perfect bounce pass to Gilhousen under the hoop with 28 seconds remaining.

After Aaron Park added the final point with 7.6 seconds left, the Bison did get off a shot in traffic.

“I thought our kids battled,” Glunt said. “They did everything we asked them to do.”

He second-guessed himself for the Bison’s failure to attack the Raider defense more in the fourth quarter.

“I think the kids thought I wanted them to be patient and get a good shot,” he said. “We were working, maybe, a little too much. I should have had them just get a good shot. That’s my fault and I take full responsibility for it.”

Clearfield (10-8) led most of the first half but trailed 20-19 at intermission after being outscored 7-2 over the last 2:23 of the second period.

Both teams shot 28 from the floor in the first 16 minutes, and the Bison finished at 30 percent that left them with a season-low scoring output, one big reason the Raider defense that negated their three-point attempts.

Clearfield had only two 3-pointers, also a season-low, one being Wyatt Porter’s rainbow  from the left corner at the outset of the third quarter which restored the Bison’s advantage that pairs of field goals by Cade Walker and Lynch helped expand to 33-27 heading into the fateful fourth period.

Wilson and Lynch had eight points apiece to top the Bison .

“Reese’s been injured and hasn’t done much since Sunday, but he came back and played really well,”, Glunt said. “I‘m proud of him for doing that.”

Thanks to Walker’s 15 rebounds, six on offense, the Bison outworked the Raiders 33-23 under the glass, with almost half off theirs on their own missed shots.

“Cade did a good job on the boards,” Glunt said. “He was patient.

“Two evenly-matched teams played a hard-fought game. We just have to limit our turnovers. That was the difference.”

Park and Dworek were high for Brookville with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The Bison will be right back on their home hardwood Friday night to take on Mountain League foe Bald Eagle Area, a team they outlasted 53-45 at Wingate Jan 10.

In junior varsity action, Brookville prevailed 47-40. Luke Winters topped Clearfield with 11 points.

BROOKVILLE — 40

Aaron Park 2 7-9 11, Bryan Dworek 4 2-2 10, Trenton Gilhousen 2 1-2 5, AJ Lachnicht 2 1-2 5, Nick Keth 2 0-0 4, Jack Krug 0 0-0 0, Brady Caylor 1 1-2 3, Logan Byerly 1 0-0 2, Bryce Baughman 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 14 12-17 40.

CLEARFIELD – 38

Ryan Chew 3 0-0 6, Jon Gates 2 0-0 4, Wyatt Porter 1 2-2 5, Cade Walker 3 0-0 7, Taye Lynch 3 2-2 8, Reese Wilson 3 2-4 8, Keagan Hess 0 0-2 0, Karson Rumsky 0 0-0 0, Jake Lezzer 0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 15 6-10 38.

Three-Point Field Goals — Clearfield 2 (Porter 1, Walker 1).

Score by Quarters

Brookville     7  13    7  13  –  40
Clearfield   11    8  14    5  –  38

Officials — Scott Sullivan, Chuck Pasternak and Barry Abbott.

Bison Scoreboard:

Date Opponent Score Record
12/08 CURWENSVILLE 54 – 52 1 – 0
12/13 CENTRAL 45 – 56 1 – 1
12/15 @ Huntingdon 62 – 85 1 – 2
12/20 @ Bellefonte 50 – 41 2 – 2
12/28 @ Purchase Line Christmas Tourney
12/28 vs. Harmony 73-31 3 – 2
12/29 @ Purchase Line Christmas Tourney
12/29 vs. Purchase Line 45 – 56 3 – 3
01/05 TYRONE 56 – 63 3 – 4
01/08 @ Punxsutawney 54 – 68 3 – 5
01/10 @ Bald Eagle Area 56 – 45 4 – 5
01/12 PENNS VALLEY 40 – 28 5 – 5
01/15 @ Clarion-Limestone 57 – 41 6 – 5
01/16 @ Philipsburg-Osceola 49 – 42 7 – 5
01/19 @ Central 46 – 50 7 – 6
01/22 DUBOIS 69 – 60 ot 8 – 6
01/24 HUNTINGDON 70 – 53 9 – 6
01/26 BELLEFONTE 42 – 35 ot 10 – 6
01/30 @ Tyrone 43 – 75 10 – 7
02/01 BROOKVILLE 38 – 40 10 – 8
02/02 BALD EAGLE AREA
02/07 @ Penns Valley
02/09 PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA
02/12 @ Curwensville
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