Focused Clare takes control out of gate, blasts Hornets 82-44

January 10, 2019

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

Coaches never quite know what they’re going to get when their teams come back from a long winter break. Clare boys basketball head coach Matt Alexander had nothing to worry about however, as the Pioneers came out with good energy and dominated their home Jack Pine Conference game with Harrison on Thursday, Jan. 3, allowing them to handily defeat the Hornets, 82-44.

“The guys came out extremely focused and took control of the game right from the tip,” head coach Matt Alexander said. “Our defense was extremely good and created a lot of turnovers and contested shots which led us to getting fast break points. We were able to dominate the game from start to finish.”

Clare opened the game with a 21-10 lead after the first quarter, sparked by seven points in the frame by Kaden Kelly and a three each by Brenden Sersaw and

Shane Jenkins soars in for a basket.  Photos by Shannon Zinser

Shane Jenkins soars in for a basket.
Photos by Shannon Zinser

Nick Roe. Harrison did get five points from Hunter Woolston, but couldn’t get much else going.

Kelly netted five more points in the second and Clare got a three each by Mason Clark and Nick Roe, pitting the Pioneer lead to 40-19 at the half.

It was all Clare in the third as it got a trey each by Roe, Sersaw and Clark, with Josh Gould and Kelly netting six each in the frame, all to give it a 66-33 edge entering the fourth. The Hornets had their third highlighted by five points by Luke Cooper, including one from behind the long-line.

The Pioneers put it on cruise control in the fourth, getting five points by Todd Lake and four by Jacob Recker. The

Harrison’s Luke Cooper hauls in a rebound. 

Harrison’s Luke Cooper hauls in a rebound. 

Hornets had Cameron Ashcroft net six points in the final frame.

Clare had Roe finish with 18 points, Shane Jenkins netted 15, Roe added 11, Gould had seven and with six apiece were Sersaw, Clark and Recker. Lake finished with five, Jake Hawley added four, Dylan Schalm had three and Avery McJames had one.

The Hornets received 11 points each by Woolston and Cooper. Ashcroft netted 10, Lucas Gillespie scored seven, Ethan Smith and Logan Yost had two points each and Connor Haines netted one.

Clare (6-2 overall, 3-2 JPC) was home against Farwell on Thursday, heads to Gladwin Monday and hosts Roscommon Thursday.

Harrison (3-5, 3-2) had its home game against Houghton Lake on Tuesday postponed due to weather. The Hornets were at Meridian on Thursday, play at Lake City on Monday and head to Beaverton on Thursday.

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