It was a close game after the first quarter, but Clare outscored host Farwell 42-18 in the second and third quarters, giving the Pioneers a 68-48 boys basketball Jack Pine Conference win.
“It was a good team game,” Clare head coach Rob Wise said. “We started off a little lazy on defense, but got it going in the second and third quarters. Our defense and rebounds led to some nice transition opportunities.”
Curtis Robinson scored four points and Austin Hickey hit a three-pointer early on for Farwell, but Clare, sparked by five points in the quarter by Hunter Ruby led 14-11 after the first.
The Pioneers had five players score in the second frame and got four apiece by Zach Pulcifer and Scott Smith to lead 30-19 at the half.
Clare had its best quarter in the third, netting 26 points to Farwell’s 11, with the Pioneers getting six more points from Smith and five from Colton Punches.
“We started out great and executing on both ends of the floor,” Farwell head coach Erik Schunk said. “The second and third quarter our shooting went cold and we started settling for too many outside shots.”
Robinson knocked down a three and scored five points in the fourth, helping the Eagles to their best quarter and earning an 18-12 edge in the frame to account for the 68-48 final.
Clare was led by Smith with 16 points, Hunter Ruby had 11 points and rebounds with Punches and Pulcifer both finishing with nine.
Farwell was led by Robinson with 14 points and two rebounds, Will Hallman had seven points and 10 rebounds and Jacob Sutton and Austin Hickey both had six points.
On Friday, Clare fell to host Houghton Lake 51-47 in another JPC game.
Houghton Lake led 13-9 after the first and 27-22 at the half before the Pioneers took a 37-34 entering the fourth. The Bobcats came back for a four point with with a 17-10 scoring edge in the final quarter.
“We were leading by four with under three minutes left (but) poor shot selection and turnovers gave the game away,” Wise said. “We really rebounded well and won the rebounding by 21. When you do that you should win most games.”
Smith led Clare with 20 points and eight rebounds, Spencer Harrell had seven points and 11 boards and Ruby had six points and 12 rebounds.
Clare (4-6 overall, 3-4 JPC) play at Beaverton tonight (Friday), play at Coleman on Monday and at Harrison on Friday.
Farwell lost it’s other recent action, falling to host Gladwin 56-35 in JPC play. Robinson had 12 points, Hallman, Sutton and Trevor McComber all had six.
The Eagles (2-8, 1-5) host Houghton Lake tonight (Friday) and play at Beaverton on Wednesday.