Junior High Boys Basketball B-Team Summaries (02/01/18)

The Clarion Junior High Boys B-Team has been busy. Coach Jason Craig shares these game summaries:

Clarion-Limestone at Clarion

(All photos by Kristen Geiger) Luca Cherico defending Forest Area player

On January 16th, the Junior High Boys Basketball season tipped off as Clarion hosted the C-L Lions.  With the early start to the season, both teams showed signs of rust as they struggled to put the ball in the hoop.

Reece Geiger got off to a quick start, scoring all 6 Bobcat points in the opening quarter as Clarion lead 6 – 4 after one.  Cole Wrhen was the lone scorer for Clarion in the second quarter and the game was tied at 8 at the half.  

Once again, Cole Wrhen had the only Bobcat basket and we were unable to score at all in the 4th quarter.  The final score was set at 13 – 10 and the B-Team would lose their opening game.

Ryan Alston with a jumper at A-C Valley

Cranberry at Clarion

On January 18th, the Clarion boys B-Team was hoping to get past the slow start against C-L as they played host to the Cranberry Berries.

The young Bobcats came out firing, scoring 10 points in the frame to take a 10 – 6 lead after one.  Reece Geiger and Luca Cherico each had 4 points in the quarter while Bailee Verdill added 2.

Clarion outscored the Berries in the second and third quarters 12 – 0 and took a 22 – 6 lead into the 4th.  Milton McElravy excited the crowd with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the second quarter.  

Cranberry would outscore Clarion 12 – 4 in the 4th quarter, but Clarion would get the 26 – 18 win in the end.

Scorers for Clarion were:  Cole Wrhen (7 points, 5-7 from the line), Reece Geiger, Bailee Verdill and Luca Cherico (4 points each), Milton McElravy (3), Josh Witherow and Will Clark (2)

Scorers for Cranberry were:  Noel Bunyak (8), Colin Zerbe (7),

Ben Seybert (2)

Clarion’s B-Team moves to 1 – 1 on the season.

Moniteau at Clarion

Clarion’s B-Team played host to the Moniteau Warriors on January 22nd and came away with a 23 – 14 win.

Bailee Verdill, Cole Wrhen and Ryan Alston each scored in the first quarter as the game was tied at 6 after one.  Luca Cherico displayed some hard work and effort, scoring 4 points in the second.  Reece Geiger and Alston each had 2 in the frame.  The team held the Warriors scoreless in the frame and went into the half leading 14 – 6.  

Alston kept the hot hand into the second half, scoring 5 points in the third while Cole Wrhen added a free throw.  The Bocats were outscored in the fourth 4 – 2 but won the game 23 – 14.  Wrhen had the lone basket in the fourth.

Scorers for Clarion were:  Alston (9), Wrhen (6), Cherico (4), Geiger and Verdill (2)

Scorers for Cranberry were:  Roxberry (7), Bush (4), Ross (2), Hedgelin (1)

The B-Team moves to 2 – 1 on the season.

North Clarion at Clarion

The Clarion B-Team would play their 4th straight home game on January 23rd and come out with a 27 – 16 win over North Clarion.

Both teams had a hard time scoring in the first quarter as it ended 4 – 4.  Bailee Verdill had a basket in the frame while Logan MacKinley and Cam Lapinto each went 1 – 2 from the line.

The Bobcats would turn on the defense in the second and third quarters and outscore the Wolves 12 – 2 in those frames.  Reece Geiger and Verdill each had 6 points in the span.

The teams would light up the scoreboard in the 4th quarter scoring 10 points each to set the final score at 27 – 16.  MacKinley lead the way with 4 points in the quarter while Teddy Rearick, Will Clark and Gary Matus each added a basket.

Scorers for Clarion were:  Verdill (8), Geiger (6), MacKinley (5), Matus, Clark, Rearick and Lapinto (2)

Scorers for North Clarion were:  Hargenrader and Hartle (6), Gilara and Byers (2)

The B-Team moves to 3 – 1 on the season.

Reece Geiger going high against Forest area

Clarion vs Forest Area at Tionesta

On January 25th, the Jr. High would play their first away game, traveling to Tionesta to take on the Forest Fires.

The B-Team jumped out to and early 10 – 2 advantage after one period and never looked back.  Aiden Quinn lead the charge with 6 points in the frame while Reece Geiger and Luca Cherico each had 2.

Bailee Verdill took the lead in scoring in the second, totaling 8 points to help the Bobcats go into the half up 24 – 6.  Geiger, Cherico and Will Clark each chipped in with 2 in the frame.

The second half would be much like the first half as Clarion outscored the Fires 15 – 6 and get the 39 – 12 win.

Scorers for Clarion were:  Quinn and Verdill (10), Geiger (9), Cherico (6), Josh Witherow and Clark (2)

After a bad opening game against C-L, the B-Team has won 4 straight to improve to 4 -1 on the season.

Clarion vs Keystone

On January 30th, the Clarion B-Team saw their 4-game win streak come to an abrupt stop at the hands of the Keystone Panthers.  Keystone used balanced scoring and solid defense to hand our Bobcats a 38 – 11 loss.

Reece Gieger had the only basket for Clarion in the first quarter as the Bobcats surrendered 13 points to the Panthers.  Clarion got outscored 9 – 0 in the second quarter and went into halftime down 22 – 2.

The third frame saw each team score 4 points.  Geiger and Bailee Verdill each scored for Clarion, but we headed to the final quarter behind 26 – 6.

Keystone got baskets from 6 different players in the fourth while Clarion managed 3 points from Geiger and a basket by Josh Witherow.

Scorers for Clarion:  Geiger (7), Verdill and Witherow (2)

Clarion had a bad night at the free-throw line, going 1 for 15.

Scorers for Keystone:  K. Nellis (8), Heeter (7), Gutunski and Nick (4), Henry, Albright, Easton, Shetler, Blazosky, Keth and C. Nellis (2 each), Hannold (1)

The loss drops the B-Teams’ record to 4 – 2.

(Thanks to Coach Jason Craig for these summaries and to Kristen Geiger for the photos. Keep up the hard work, B-Team!!!!)