SHEFFIELD TWP. – Clearview got a taste of its own medicine against Fairview on Friday night as the Warriors finished the final two minutes of the fourth quarter on an 11-2 run with pressure defense to send the game into overtime.
The Clippers found a way to stay unbeaten, though, scoring the final four points in OT to pull out a 75-73 Patriot Athletic Conference Stripes Division victory that improved them to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the conference.
The difference in the game was a pair of Sam Daniels (18 points) free throws with only 3.6 seconds left in overtime.
“I just tried to look back to what I do in practice shooting foul shots,” said Daniels, who is shooting 85 percent from the foul line this year. “I just made sure to take my time and knock them down.”
Things looked good for the Clippers when Javon Todd forced the Warriors’ 21st turnover and went end-to-end to score and push Clearview’s lead to 65-56 with just under two minutes left. Todd finished with a team-high 19 points and pulled down four rebounds.
Sophomore Grant Howes (21 points) started the Fairview comeback with the first five points. Luke Howes added a short jumper and Martin Lowry scored four points, including two free throws, following the Clippers’ 21st turnover, to tie the score with 11 seconds left.
Luke Howes nearly ended the game in regulation, hitting the front of the rim from three-quarters court as the buzzer went off.
“I felt we really got careless at the end of the game,” Clearview coach John Szalay said. “There are no excuses. We got some of our own medicine. We got the lead to seven or eight and all of a sudden we didn’t play very smart, but we never gave in.”
Jaylen Paschel started overtime with a three-point play that was followed by a Daniels free throw for a 71-67 Clearview lead with 3:14 left in OT.
The Warriors (7-3, 2-3) answered to take a 73-71 advantage with 1:08 left on five points by Lowry and a free throw from Owen Morrison.
Szalay called timeout and a driving basket by Todd just five seconds later knotted the score at 73.
The game-winning possession was set up by a hustling offensive rebound from Josiah Hitchens, who dove to the floor for the ball and got a timeout with 10 seconds left.
Daniels ended up with the ball on the inbounds play and drove the lane, getting fouled and sent to the line for the game-winning free throws.
“Jalen’s three-point play to start overtime was really big and the kids just battled to the very end,” Szalay said. “Javon made a big play to tie things up and Sam is very confident at the line and he made a couple shots that were really big for us.”
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Clearview 75, Fairview 73
FAIRVIEW (73): Owen Morrison 4-1-11, Martin Lowry 5-2-15, Colin Caja 1-0-2, Turner Hahn 0-0-0, Grant Howes 9-1-21, Aiden Salupo 0-0-0, Luke Howes 4-4-13, Noah Maseros 3-5-11. Totals 26-13-73.
CLEARVIEW (75): Jaylen Paschel 5-1-12, Sam Daniels 4-9-18, Owen Bansek 0-0-0, Darien Jackson 1-0-3, Josiah Hitchens 2-0-4, Javon Todd 9-0-19, Evan Berrios 3-0-6, Jamir Billings 1-0-3, Gee Newton 3-2-10, Anthony Terry 0-0-0. Totals 27-12-75.
Fairview 18 16 15 18 6 - 73
Clearview 19 23 10 15 8 - 75
Three-point goals: Fairview 8-25 (32 percent, Lowry 3, Morrison 2, G. Howes 2, L. Howes); Clearview 7-18 (39 percent, Newton 2, Paschel, Daniels, Jackson, Todd, Billings).
Field goals: Fairview 26-59 (44 percent); Clearview 27-59 (46 percent).
Free throws: Fairview 13-19 (68 percent); Clearview 12-20 (60 percent).
Rebounds: Fairview 34, Clearview 34
Turnovers: Fairview 23, Clearview 22
Fouled Out: G. Howes; Paschel
Junior varsity: Clearview, 51-37