Clippers drop overtime heartbreaker in district final
Sometimes the calls go your way.
Sometimes they don’t.
The latter was the case for Martin in its Class D boys’ basketball district final against Kalamazoo Heritage Christian on Friday, March 13.
A pair of non-calls late in regulation went against the Clippers, who ended up dropping a 45-39 decision to see their season come to an end.
Martin finished the year at 10-12 under the guidance of second-year coach David Curry.
“It was a great game, I’m sure, for the fans,” Curry said.
With the game tied at 39-39, the Clippers pulled back to play for a final shot. With about 15 seconds left, sophomore Tanner Curry drove the lane, but was unable to get the foul call.
Martin then got the ball to Garrett Dill for a 3-point attempt. And although David Curry thought enough contact was made to warrant a whistle for the officials, none was forthcoming.
“In games like this, the officials tend to swallow their whistle and you don’t get the calls you normally would,” David Curry said of the non-calls in question.
In overtime, Martin failed to score.
“They went up and we didn’t convert on our possession so in the end we had to foul to try to get as many possessions as possible,” David Curry said.
Dill finished with a team-high 13 points, with Tanner Curry going for 10. Brandon Buell nearly gave the Clippers a third double-digit scorer with nine points, while Matt MacVean had five and Scott Kerley added two.
The game started well enough for Martin, which went up 15-8 after one quarter and led 26-17 at the half.
In the second half, however, the execution wasn’t quite the same and the Clippers saw their lead trimmed to 33-32 after three quarters before ending the fourth quarter deadlocked at 39-39.
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