AMHERST — If you left early, you may be surprised by what you see. The Clearview Clippers built a 19-point lead early in the third quarter, then withstood an Amherst rally to defeat the Comets, 67-65, in a non-conference season opening matchup.
Defensive pressure gave the Clippers the advantage into the third quarter. The Clippers forced 18 Amherst turnovers in the first half, and carried a 37-27 lead into the locker room. Javon Todd scored 19 of his game-high 27 points in the first half.
Clearview opened the second half with back-to-back buckets from Josiah Hitchens, a Javon Todd three and a Jaylen Paschel to force an Amherst timeout at the 5:51 mark of the third quarter with the Clippers ahead 46-27.
Christian Pfeiffer got rolling for Amherst, scoring 14 of his team-high 21 points as the Comets outscored the Clippers 18-12 in the final 5:51 of the quarter to pull within 13 at 58-45 after three.
Amherst got much closer. Kyle Ferguson, Khennedy Scagliozzo and Jason Monos all hit 3-point field goals in the fourth quarter. Amherst pulled to within a single point at 64-63 with 1:54 left. After back-and-forth exchanges, Amherst trailed by two with 7.6 seconds left in regulation. Amherst’s last second three-point attempt missed and the Clippers escaped with the victory.
The Clippers featured three players in double figures — Javon Todd with 27, Jamir Billings with 17 and Jaylen Paschel with 10. Josiah Hitchens also added 8.
Clearview is 1-0 on the season. Next up, the Clippers will face Lutheran West in the Patriot Athletic Conference opener on Friday, December 7. Freshmen begin at 4:30 p.m. with JV and Varsity to follow.
Both the freshmen and junior varsity teams fell in their openers against the Comets tonight.
Clearview 67, Amherst 65
Clearview 21 16 21 9 67
Amherst 15 12 18 20 65
CLEARVIEW (67): Jaylen Pascehel 5-0-10, Josiah Hitchens 3-2-8, Chase Christensen 0-0-0, Joseph Norris 0-0-0, Joshua Cordero 1-0-2, Javon Todd 10-1-27, Jamir Billings 8-0-17, C.J. Fleming 1-0-3, Jordan Reed 0-0-0. TOTALS: 28-3-67.
AMHERST (65): Kyle Ferguson 2-2-7, Khennedy Scagliozzo 3-0-7, Gavin Darmos 1-0-3, Jason Monos 2-3-8, Ryan Hritsko 3-4-10, Scott Iliff 0-0-0, Tony Branchen 0-2-2, Ty Weatherspoon 2-0-4, Coltin Camp 1-1-3, Alex Karohl 0-0-0, Christian Pfeiffer 10-1-21. TOTALS: 24-13-65.
Turnovers: Amherst 29, Clearview 9. Three Point Field Goals: Clearview 8 (Todd 6, Billings, Fleming), Amherst 4 (Ferguson, Scagliozzo, Darmos, Monos). Free Throws: Clearview 3-12, Amherst 13-17. Team Fouls: Clearview 17, Amherst 15. Fouled Out: Paschel. Technical Fouls: None. Bench Scoring: Amherst 23, Clearview 7.
Junior Varsity: Amherst 65, Clearview 47.
Freshmen: Amherst 65, Clearview 33.