Boys Basketball: Bobcats Drop Close Game To Kane (01/07/20)

(Above photo) Nick Frederick puts up a jumper

The Clarion Area Boys Basketball Team put up a strong effort, falling just short to the visiting Kane Wolves 56-54, on Monday (January 6th).

The Bobcats were down 7-4, in the first, before going on a 12-3 run to take an 18-10 lead. Cal German, who led all scorers with 31 points, had 10 points in the frame and three during the Bobcats’ run. Nick Frederick, who finished with 12 points, scored eight during the run.

The Wolves Chad Greville hit a three-pointer at the end of the first to cut the Bobcat lead to 18-10 and start a 15-0 Kane run, that moved the Wolves out to a ten-point 28-18 lead with under four minutes left in the second period. But the Cats bounced back, seven unanswered points with a bucket by Frederick, a three-pointer by Josh Craig and a basket by German, to pull the Bobcats to within three, at 28-25.

Skylar Rhoades playing strong inside

Zuke Smith hit a shot for Kane, to end the second quarter scoring and give the Wolves a 30-25 point lead going into halftime.

Kane opened the third with an 8-2 run, to open the third, stretching their lead to eleven at 28-27. Frederick had Clarion’s bucket. The Bobcats finished the quarter on a 10-2 run, with German scoring all of the Cats’ points, to pull to within three, 40-37.

With the fourth period just under way, German sank a three-pointer to knot things up 40-all, and then hit another bucket to to give the Bobcats a two point lead. The teams would trade several baskets, the Bobcats coming from Beau Verdille and Hunter Craddock. Then Skylar Rhoades hit a pair of free-throws to give Clarion their last lead of the night at 48-46. Kane would hit three shots, two of them treys to lead 54-48 with about 2:10 left. The Cats finished the game on a 6-2 run, with baskets by German and Frederick and a pair of free-throws by German, to just fall short at 56-54.

This was a very exciting game, with both teams putting up a fine effort.

Smith led the Wolves with 18 points; Greville had thirteen.

The Bobcats will be in action again, tonight (Tuesday, January 7th), as they travel to West Forest High School in Tionesta, to take on the Forest Area Fires.

(Keep up the good work, Cats!!!!)