Tied with visiting St. Clair 27-27 on Tuesday, the Clipper C-Squad boys, off target and turning the ball over on steals, didn’t score another point while the Cyclones went on a 13-point run for a 40-27 win.
Carter Barto (above) scored a free throw for the game’s first Clipper point. He followed up with a basket. Braeden Hastings scored and also hit the first of two fouls shots. Max Mettler made both halves of a one-and-one.
With the Clippers down 11-8, Gabriel Sullivan scored on a drive, and Brady Bostic bowed a three. Barto pulled down an offensive rebound and scored, and Hastings scored on a base-line drive to suddenly put the Clippers up 17-11.
Foreshadowing what would happen in the second half, the Clippers missed easy baskets after that, and the Cyclones scored the next nine points for a 20-17 lead at the break.
After baskets by Barto and Mettler early in the second half, Cleveland caught up to St. Clair, 25-25 when Bostic dropped in another three. St Clair scored inside to regain the lead, but Barto picked up a loose ball and took it in for the layup for the last Clipper basket.
Barto led the effort with 10 points. Bostic scored six points, and Hastings contributed five points. Mettler had four points while Sullivan added two points.
The C Clippers return to action when they host Loyola on Monday.
Gabriel Sullivan makes his way to a basket.
Max Mettler works around a defender.
Brady Bostic sets up for a shot.