SHEFFIELD TOWNSHIP — Fairview took an early lead, saw the Clippers rally, then blitzed the Clippers again, rolling to a 77-62 win in a Sectional Championship game from the Division II North Ridgeville District.
Fairview opened the game on a 13-2 run to jump out to a quick 11-point lead. Colin Caja had two field goals — a two and a three — Grant Howes had a triple and Luke Howes added a basket to propel Fairview early.
Clearview responded, closing the first quarter on an 11-4 run to close within four at 17-13 after one. Jaylen Paschel, Evan Berrios, Sam Daniels and Gee Newton each had buckets in the 11-4 run to get the Clippers back in the game.
Clearview opened the second quarter on a 6-2 run, extending the overall run to 17-6, to tie the game at 19 on a Gee Newton field goal.
Fairview regained the lead at 21-19 on a Grant Howes basket. Howes suffered a finger injury with blood drawn not long after which delayed the game for several minutes while blood was cleaned from the floor. Howes was able to return to the game.
The delay gave Fairview a chance to catch its breath and the Warriors rolled from there. Fairview went on a 22-3 run, opening a 43-22 lead late in the first half. Clearview lost Jaylen Paschel to an injury late in the first half and he did not return.
Fairview drained six three point field goals in the first half and had a total of nine for the game. Fairview led 45-27 at the half.
Clearview had several spurts in the second half, but Fairview always seemed to have an answer. Clearview opened the second half on a 7-0 run to get within 11, before Fairview responded with their own 6-0 run to go back up 16. Clearview got within 11 again in the fourth quarter, but it was too late and Fairview pulled away for the win.
Luke Howes led the Warriors with 22 points. Colin Caja added 16, as did Martin Lowry off the bench. Grant Howes had 13. For Clearview, Josiah Hitchens off the bench led the Clippers with 17. Javon Todd added 12, Gee Newton and Jamir Billings each had 9 and Evan Berrios added 7.
Fairview wins its twentieth game of the season, breaking their all-time school record set in the 1956-1957 season. Fairview is now 20-4 overall and will advance to the North Ridgeville District Semifinals where they will face second-seeded Bay on Thursday night. Clearview’s season comes to an end with a record of 16-7.
Fairview 77, Clearview 62
Fairview 17 27 18 14 77
Clearview 13 14 18 17 62
FAIRVIEW (77): Owen Morrison 1-0-2, Martin Lowry 5-4-16, Colin Caja 6-2-16, Turner Hahn 0-0-0, Grant Howes 4-2-13, Aiden Salupo 0-0-0, Luke Howes 8-5-22, Mike Roth 0-0-0, Ryan Eckert 0-0-0, Noah Mesaros 2-3-8, Justin Younkin 0-0-0, Nick Reyes 0-0-0. TOTALS: 26-16-77.
CLEARVIEW (62): Jaylen Paschel 1-0-2, Sam Daniels 3-0-6, Owen Bansek 0-0-0, Darien Jackson 0-0-0, Josiah Hitchens 7-3-17, Joseph Norris 0-0-0, Chase Christensen 0-0-0, Javon Todd 5-1-12, Dylan Rebman 0-0-0, Evan Berrios 2-3-7, Jamir Billings 4-1-9, Gee Newton 4-0-9, Jordan Reed 0-0-0. TOTALS: 26-8-62.
Turnovers: Fairview 22, Clearview 15. Three Point Field Goals: Fairview 9 (Lowry 2, Caja 2, G. Howes 3, L. Howes, Mesaros), Clearview 2 (Todd, Newton). Team Fouls: Clearview 16, Fairview 14. Fouled Out: None. Technical Fouls: None. Free Throws: Fairview 16-23, Clearview 8-12. Bench Scoring: Clearview 26, Fairview 16.