Regina’s Sam Stein defends CCA’s Camden Armstrong on SaturdayBy Ryan Murken
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TIFFIN – Brandon Clubb has celebrated quite a few wins in his coaching career.
167 wins to be exact.
Victory number 168 for Clubb carried a little bit of extra meaning.
Tyler Hallett had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds as Clubb earned his first win at Clear Creek Amana with a 61-58 victory over Regina on Saturday in a non-conference game in Tiffin.
The win snapped a two-game losing skid for Clear Creek Amana (1-2) which opened the season with a 32-point loss on Tuesday and dropped its first two games by a combined 50 points.
“It was good to get that one off our chest especially where we were at on Tuesday,” Clubb said. “We’ve made a lot of strides and one of the things we talked about tonight was taking steps to make yourself better. We really needed to get that win and it was good that we made a big step up and we got that out of the way.”
Clear Creek Amana shot 57 percent from the floor, made 21 free throws and scored a season-high 61 points on Saturday.
Hallett led three Clippers in double figures as Tate Thomsen added 14 and Cory Siders had 10 in the Clippers’ first win under its new head coach.
Clear Creek Amana senior Tyler Hallett
“It’s been a fun ride so far,” Hallett said of Clubb taking over. “I’m glad that he’s here and I appreciate all the work he has put in for us.”
Tyler Schrepfer snapped a 59-all tie with a free throw with 39 seconds left and Hallet grabbed an offensive rebound following a Schrepfer miss on his second free throw to held the Clippers secure the win.
Thomsen hit a pair of free throws following the offensive rebound by Hallet and a potential game-tying 3-pointer by Regina junior Zach Seaman came up short in the final seconds.
“It’s about time, it feels great,” Thomsen said of the win.” I hate losing so it’s great to go out and Following an 18-point loss at West Delaware on Friday the Clippers were energized early against Regina.
The Clippers bolted to a 13-9 lead and led 17-16 after the opening quarter.
“It was good to get up early because we’ve been down early the past two games,” Thomsen said. “That just let us know we could hang with them.”
Clear Creek Amana broke open a 30-30 tie at halftime with an 8-2 run to start the third quarter.
Hallett had six points during the 8-2 spurt to start the third quarter.
“The past couple of games we have laid an egg in the third quarter so we wanted to come out big this time and we did exactly that,” Hallett said. “The momentum of that just carried into the last quarter.”
Clear Creek Amana led by as many as seven in the final quarter after a Drake Mougin bucket with 4:05 left but Regina responded.
The Regals cut the lead to 57-54 on a driving layup by Jocoa Kerschen and tied the game at 57 when Seaman hit a deep 3-pointer from the top of the key.
Schrepfer gave the Clippers the lead for good when he hit the first of two free throws with 39 seconds left.
His second attempt was long but Hallett corralled the offensive rebound and found Thomsen who was fouled and converted a pair of free throws with 31 seconds left.
“If he missed it I was hoping I could get it but I really hoped it would go in,” Hallett said. “I was just so happy, I kicked it out just hoping that we could get another chance.”
Sam Stein led a balanced Regina attack with 13 points while Jake Phillips had 12, Seaman added 11 and Kerschen had 10.
Schrepfer added nine points for Clear Creek Amana as seven different Clippers scored.
Everybody contributed and we had a lot of energy which we needed because it was a long week,” Clubb said. “It was awesome.”
Clear Creek Amana 17 13 16 15 – 61
Regina 16 14 12 16 – 58
Regina (58) – Masen Miller 0-3 0-0 0, Jack Jensen 1-2 0-0 3, Jacob Sueppel 0-1 0-0 0, Jocoa Kerschen 4-14 2-2 10, Zach Seaman 4-10 1-2 11, Jake Phillips 5-8 0-0 12, Sam Stein 5-15 0-0 13, Evan Brauns 3-8 1-2 7, Jacob Clark 1-3 0-0 2, Team 23-64 4-6 58.
Clear Creek Amana (61) – Tate Thomsen 4-7 6-10 14, Nolan Schwarting 2-4 0-0 4, Cory Siders 3-4 4-7 10, Drake Mougin 2-6 0-1 4, Tyler Hallett 6-8 4-4 16, Tyler Schrepfer 2-4 5-6 9, Camden Armstrong 1-2 2-3 4, Team 20-35 21-31 61.
3-point field goals – CCA 0-6 (Thomsen 0-1, Schwarting 0-2, Hallett 0-1, Schrepfer 0-1, Armstrong 0-1) ICR 8-27 (Miller, Jensen 1-1, Sueppel 0-1, Kerschen 0-5, Seaman 2-4, Phillips 2-3, Stein 3-9). Rebounds – CCA 35 (Hallett 10) ICR 29 (Stein 7). Turnovers – CCA 18, ICR 9. Total fouls – CCA 6, ICR 22. Fouled out – ICR (Phillips). Technical fouls – None.