Clippers fall just short against Bloomingdale
Since the SAC went to a three-division format last season, the Martin boys’ basketball team had yet to suffer a divisional loss.
The Clippers went 10-0 against division opponents last season in claiming the SAC Central championship and started this season with three straight wins against teams in the division.
But it’s been said that all good things must eventually come to an end. And for Martin, its divisional winning streak ended on Friday, Jan. 20, in a road game with Bloomingdale.
In a game that was back-and-forth throughout, the Clippers came up just short as they dropped the 41-40 decision.
“We definitely had our chances to win the game,” Martin coach David Curry said. “We left a lot of points on the floor tonight that were easy shots.”
The Clippers also left some points—six, to be exact—at the free throw line.
Martin went 3-of-9 at the charity stripe.
“(Free throw shooting) was a definite factor in the game,” Curry said. “We’re typically a 70-percent free throw shooting team, so shooting 33 percent is definitely disappointing. A lot of games are won and lost at the line and tonight it cost us the game. It wasn’t just one or two guys. It was our team as a whole.”
Martin led 19-18 at halftime and was up 29-28 entering the final stanza.
The fourth quarter was much like the rest of the game, with the action going back and forth as neither team led by more than two points the rest of the way.
“Bloomingdale was the last team to score and ended up winning by one,” Curry said.
Carter Hilton led the scoring charge for the Clippers (5-4 overall, 3-1 in divisional play) with 15 points. Tanner Curry had 13 points to go with 16 rebounds for the double-double.
Andrew Boss nearly produced a second double-double for the Clippers. He grabbed 10 rebounds, but fell two points short with eight.
“Bloomingdale played better than we did tonight and deserved to win,” David Curry said. “But I‘m proud of the way our kids battled all night long. One thing that is for certain, they are never going to lie down, no matter what the score is. That says a lot about the character of our team.
“We will get back to work in practice and continue to get better.”
Martin also dropped its game with Delton on Tuesday, Jan. 17, coming up on the wrong end of a 50-44 final score.
The Clippers fell behind 12-0 to start the game before coming back to take a 25-19 lead at halftime.
Unfortunately for Martin, that momentum didn’t carry into the second half as Delton held a 19-5 scoring edge in the third quarter to take control.
Cogan McCoy led the Delton charge, hitting three 3-points in the third period.
Martin did narrow the gap to two points late in the fourth quarter, but could get no closer.
“It was a very good game with two evenly matched teams,” David Curry said. “We weathered the runs they made throughout the game and were able to battle back each time. That shows the character our kids have. We just came up a little short.
“It came down to needing to be a little more composed down the stretch and pushing the pace in the final minutes. We didn’t play with enough urgency late in the game and it ended up biting us.”
Tanner Curry finished with 22 points, five rebounds and five assists. Hilton went for seven points and six rebounds, while Boss added six points.