Hard fought battle ends 64-61, with Clare notching another win

January 31, 2019

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

Clare didn’t care what the circumstances were, its boys basketball team wanted a win. A tough loss a few days before and missing key starter Kaden Kelly didn’t matter to the Pioneers, as they earned a hard-fought road Jack Pine Conference win in Houghton Lake Friday night, 65-61.

“Coming off a loss at home and having Kaden go down (earlier in the week) in practice we had to have some guys step up and step up they did,” head coach Matt Alexander said. “Shane Jenkins had a huge game for us as well as Nick Roe and Mason Clark, both stepped up their scoring with Kaden out.”

Jenkins found the nets for six points in the opening quarter and Roe poured in four, helping Clare hold an edge of 15-9 after one. Clark and Jacob Recker found four points each in the second as the Pioneers held a 28-23 lead at the break.

Jenkins netted 12 points to help the Pioneers barely stay ahead entering the fourth, 49-47. In the final frame Recker had seven points and Roe netted five points to help Clare hold on for the victory.

“We got some huge minutes from Jacob Recker as well as getting some great minutes from Todd Lake,” Alexander said. “Brenden Sersaw gave us that defensive grit and leadership that we needed to get through this game.”

Jenkins finished with 22 points, Roe finished with 15, Recker had 14, Clark hit for 10 and Sersaw and Lake had two apiece. Clark and Recker had seven rebounds apiece and Jenkins tracked down six boards. Roe and Clark passed for five assists each and Sersaw dished out three assists.

Clare (10-3 overall, 7-2 JPC) hosted Beaverton on Wednesday, hosts league-leading Meridian tonight (Friday), hosts Reed City Tuesday and heads to Harrison on Friday.

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