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Clyde inches past Huron in low-scoring win

Mark Hazelwood • May 12, 2015 at 5:32 PM

Clyde coach Ryan Carter's intention with his Flier basketball team this season was to play an uptempo offense based around perimeter shooting.

It's not working, but still the Fliers improved to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the Sandusky Bay Conference with a 44-38 win over visiting Huron Friday night at Clyde High School.

Clyde opened with a 39-35 loss at Norwalk and followed that with a 55-51 win over Tiffin Columbian before Friday's game. With it being so early, Carter isn't sure yet if it's his team's identity to play low-scoring affairs.

"If it is, our big men will have to keep playing the way they did tonight," Carter said. "Did I envision these kind of scores going into the season the way I thought we were going to play up and down and shooting a bunch of 3-pointers? No, but for us to be able to play this way and still squeak out wins against quality opponents, I'll take it."

The Tigers (1-1, 0-1 SBC), who have struggled to put the ball in the basket in their own right in two games, went 0 of 10 from the field in a two-point second quarter that helped put them in a 20-13 halftime deficit.

"We're going to have that with young kids who haven't played varsity basketball before," Huron coach Bobby James said. "We're getting good looks so hopefully we can finish at the end as time goes on.

"We had great stops at the defensive end and came down and got good looks at the basket but we just can't finish them. It'll come though once the kids get some confidence and get in the gym more."

Clyde jumped out to their biggest lead of the night at nine points early in the third quarter but a basket by Kyle Pisano and a 3-pointer by Brian Bollenbacher pulled Huron within 24-20 at the 6:08 mark of the third quarter. After some back and forth scoring, Huron was able to get within 32-30 on a basket by Drew Enderle with 25.4 seconds left in the quarter.

However, Clyde came back with perhaps the biggest shot of the night as Joey Cooper drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner with 1.4 seconds left in the quarter to give the Fliers a 35-30 lead entering the fourth quarter.

A Jose Leal basket to open the fourth pushed the lead up to 37-30, but the Tigers again hung around from there the rest of the way but couldn't get over the hump.

Huron twice got within four points at 38-34 with 4:30 left and 42-38 with just 24 seconds left, but several shots simply did not fall.

The Fliers shot 17 of 46 from the floor and got an impressive 13 points and 18 rebounds from Leal while Alex Jess added 12 points and Cooper contributed nine.

Pisano was the lone Tiger in double figures with 15 while Aaron Driftmyer added seven points and 13 rebounds. Aaron Casey added six points and nine rebounds as Huron countered with 11 of 51 shooting as a team.

Carter said the win could go a long way.

"It's very big for us because we didn't shoot the ball particularly well," he said. "When you can win without shooting well, those are signs your team is growing a little bit.

"Huron played well, we made a few more plays and secured a few more defensive rebounds."

As for James, his team has been in two close games in the final minute after posting a 48-46 win at St. Paul last Friday.

"I'm proud as heck of these kids for coming into Clyde and giving themselves an opportunity at the end to win an SBC road game," he said. "I'll take it right now as long as we keep improving. It's a good experience for these guys to learn from, and they will."

Huron is at Vermilion tonight while Clyde hosts Margaretta on Thursday.

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