Clare couldn’t put up much of a fight against visiting Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart Tuesday night, falling to the visitors 67-25.
The Irish outscored the Pioneers in every quarter, taking an 18-9 lead after the first and 35-17 margin into the half.
“We weren’t mentally ready for this game,” Clare head coach Rob Wise said. “We had 28 turnovers and they were bad ones. We should be fired up about playing one of the best teams in class ‘D’ and we were worried about other things. This team has a lot of potential but that won’t amount to anything if they aren’t mentally prepared and focused on the job in front of us.”
Colton Punches led Clare with seven points, Mason Packard put in six and Spencer Harrell scored four.
On Friday, Jan. 4 the Pioneers fell on the road to Roscommon, 58-53 in Jack Pine Conference play.
Clare took early leads of 7-6 after the first quarter and 19-17 at the half, but the Bucks pulled ahead 33-32 after the third quarter.
Roscommon led by one point late in the game, and scored four points in the final 30 seconds to close out the win. The Bucks made eight-of-10 free throws in the fourth quarter to close out the win.
“We led the whole first half but didn’t finish well,” Wise said. “We need to learn how to finish the quarters and the game.”
Hunter Ruby, Harrell and Punches all had 10 points with Ruby adding 12 rebounds, Harrell grabbing 10 and Punches hauling in eight.
Clare (3-4 overall, 1-3 JPC play at Farwell tonight (Friday) play against Beal City at Central Michigan University on Saturday and host Gladwin on Wednesday.
Saturday’s game against Beal City is scheduled for 6 p.m., with the girls game to follow.
“It’s always a fun game,” Wise said of playing at a college venue. “It should be a good matchup between the two teams.”