Martin’s Garrett Dill dishes off the ball during the Clippers’ 47-46 loss to Holland Calvary. Dill scored 23 points in the losing cause.

Fourth-quarter struggles cost Clippers against Holland Calvary

Jason Wesseldyk

Everything seemed to be going so well for Martin in its non-league boys’ basketball contest with Holland Calvary on Monday, Jan. 12.
After facing a 16-5 deficit at the end of the first quarter, the Clippers fought back to take a 44-34 lead at the end of three quarters.
Then came the final period.
Martin managed only two points during the final eight minutes, while Holland Calvary scored 13 during that same timeframe to capture the 47-46 come-from-behind win.
A 3-pointer by Jacob Conklin with 27 seconds remaining to play proved to be the winning basket.
The loss left Clipper coach David Curry somewhat mixed emotionally.
“(The Crusaders) were undefeated so to come that close is great,” said Curry, whose team slipped to 2-5. “At the same time, we still need to be able to close out those close ones like this.”
On the possession following Conklin’s go-ahead triple, the Clippers turned over the ball and were forced to foul. Crusader Caleb Kwantes then missed the front end of a one-and-one at the line, giving Martin a final chance at the win.
But Tanner Curry’s shot as time expired wouldn’t fall, leaving the Clippers one point short.
“We had something set up and we just didn’t execute the play,” David Curry said of his team’s final possession.

For full story, pick up a copy of the January 15 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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