Clippers notch wins over Central Prairie, Ellendale
The Strasburg-Zeeland Clippers kept their perfect mark intact with a pair of road victories over the weekend. The Clippers defeated Central Prairie, 71-55, on Friday night, and then downed Ellendale, 69-51, on Saturday.
Central Prairie 55
Brody, Kyle and Cole Nieuwsma combined for 47 points to lead Strasburg-Zeeland to a 71- 55 victory over Central Prairie in Medina on Jan. 4. The Clippers improved to 7-0 overall, and 4-0 in District 6 with the victory, while the loss dropped Central Prairie to 1-6 on the season, including a 0-2 mark in the district.
Strasburg-Zeeland held a 14-7 advantage after one period, and the Clippers increased their lead over the next two stops, including a 29-20 margin at the halftime break. Strasburg-Zeeland then exploded for 28 points, while doubling up (28-14) Central Prairie in the third period to take a comfortable, 57-34 cushion into the final stanza.
Strasburg-Zeeland shot 54 percent (30 of 56) from the field and committed just 8 turnovers in the game. The Clippers also held a 34- 22 advantage in rebounds, including a 16-9 margin on the offensive glass. Central Prairie hit on 20 of 46 (43%) field goals in the game.
Brody Nieuwsma tallied 20 points, 3 assists and 3 steals, while Kyle Nieuwsma netted 14 points and 3 assists, and Cole Nieuwsma scored 13 points and pulled down a dozen rebounds for Strasburg-Zeeland. Scotti Scherr added 9 points on 3 three-pointers, and Nic Kramer chipped in 7 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists for the Clippers. Alex Essinger drained five 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 23 points for Central Prairie, and Hunter Larson and Zach
Meyer added 14 and 10 points, respectively, for the Firebirds.
Strasburg-Zeeland: Brody Nieuwsma 20, Kyle Nieuwsma 14, Cole Nieuwsma 13, Scotti Scherr 9, Nic Kramer 7, Mason Kramer 4, Jon Stabler 4.
Central Prairie: Alex Essinger 23, Hunter Larson 14, Zach Meyer 10, Avery Foerderer 3, Cameron Schlecht 2, Donavan Moser 2, Jackson Schmidt 1.
3-Pointers: Strasburg-Zeeland (5-13): Scherr 3, B. Nieuwsma 2, Central Prairie (5-15): Essinger 5. Fouled Out: None.
Three players scored in double figures and Strasburg-Zeeland cruised to a 69-51 road victory over Ellendale on Jan. 5. The Clippers improved to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in the South Central Conference, while Ellendale dropped to 3-6 on the season, including a 1-1 mark in the SCC.
Strasburg-Zeeland jumped out to a 22-10 cushion by the end of the opening period, and increased the lead to 43-24 at the intermission. Brody Nieuwsma scored a dozen points, while Scotti Scherr netted 9 points for the Clippers in the half.
The Clippers sputtered a bit during the third quarter, but they still took a 52-38 advantage into the final period. Cole Nieuwsma scored 9 points to help Strasburg-Zeeland pull away in the fourth quarter.
Both teams shot fairly well from the field, but not so well from the free throw line. Strasburg-Zeeland hit on 30 of 52 (58%) field goals, including 6 of 14 (43%) from behind the arc, but the Clippers misfired on 13 of 16 free throws for a 19 percent showing from the stripe. Ellendale hit 21 of 40 (52%) field goals, but the Cardinals hit only 8 of 21 (38%) free throws in the game.
Cole Nieuwsma led Strasburg-Zeeland with 15 points while grabbing 8 rebounds, and Brody Nieuwsma added 14 points, 3 assists and 3 steals. Scherr hit 4 threepointers to finish with 12 points, and Kyle Nieuwsma scored 9 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and dished out 6 assists for the Clippers.Adam White scored a game-high 19 points for Ellendale, and James Johnston chipped in 13 points for the Cardinals.
Strasburg-Zeeland: Cole Nieuwsma 15, Brody Nieuwsma 14, Scotti Scherr 12, Kyle Nieuwsma 9, Nic Kramer 8, Stabler 6, Mason Kramer 5.
Ellendale: Adam White 19, James Johnston 13, Shawn Hofer 9, Zach Dathe 6, Logan Wang 2, Chase Durheim 2.