Clippers remain perfect after whipping Napoleon
Strasburg-Zeeland kept rolling along, improving to 9-0 with a 65-29 victory over Napoleon in Strasburg on Jan. 10. The Clippers improved to 5-0 in District 6, while Napoleon dropped to 1-3 in the district and 4-6 overall.
Neither team could get on the board until Mason Kramer knocked down a three-pointer at the 4:55 mark for Strasburg-Zeeland at the 4:55 mark, but that started a 9-0 run by the Clippers over the next 2:30, and the lead was never threatened again.
Napoleon, which misfired on its first 8 field goal attempts, couldn’t get on the board until Trent Fettig hit a free throw at the 2:08 mark, and the Imperials didn’t notch their first field goal until Cole Breidenbach put in a short jumper with 1:18 left in the opening period. Strasburg-Zeeland led by 10 points on a couple of occasions during the frame, and the Clippers took a 14-7 advantage into the second quarter.
Strasburg-Zeeland would completely take Napoleon out of the game by halftime after exploding for 26 points during the second period. Brody Nieuwsma’s threepointer extended the lead to 21-9, and after Dylan C. Bitz put in a basket for Napoleon at the 6:00 mark, Strasburg-Zeeland scored three baskets off steals in a :22 span to quickly open up a 27-11 advantage with 5:20 left in the half. Fettig momentarily slowed the run with a three-pointer on Napoleon’s ensuing trip, but the Imperials went scoreless over the final 5:00 of the quarter, while Strasburg-Zeeland closed out the half with a 13-0 run to open up a 40-14 cushion at the break.
Strasburg-Zeeland connected on two-thirds (12 of 18) of its field goal attempts in the second period, and finished 17 of 31 (55%) from the field in the first half. The Clippers also dominated the boards, holding a 20-9 advantage in rebounds, including a 6-1 margin on the offensive glass. Napoleon shot just 24 percent (6 of 25) from the field, 33 percent (1 of 3) from the line, and committed 11 turnovers in the half.
Brody Nieuwsma scored 16 points, including 12 in the second period, while Cole Nieuwsma and Nic Kramer added 8 points apiece for Strasburg-Zeeland in the half. Fettig accounted for over half (8) of Napoleon’s points in the first half.
Strasburg-Zeeland coasted through the second half as the lead was never even remotely threatened. A pair of three-pointers by Bryce Fettig on successive trips made it 42-20, but that would be as close as the score would get the rest of the way. Napoleon scored just 2 points over the final 5:05 of the third period, and Strasburg-Zeeland closed out the period with an 8-0 run to open up a 30-point (52-22) advantage with one quarter left.
Strasburg-Zeeland shot 56 percent (28 of 50) from the field and held a 36-21 advantage in rebounds in the game. The Clippers were also stellar on the defensive end, holding Napoleon to a 24 percent (12 of 51) clip in field goal attempts and forcing 21 turnovers, while committing just five fouls the entire game.
Brody Nieuwsma tallied game-highs in points (20) and rebounds (7), while Nic Kramer netted 14 points and 3 steals, and Cole Nieuwsma added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists for Strasburg-Zeeland. Mason Kramer had 6 points and 3 assists, Kyle Nieuwsma chipped in 5 points and 5 rebounds, and Scotti Scherr had 4 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists for the Clippers. Fettig and Breidenbach scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, to lead Napoleon.
Napoleon: Trent Fettig 11, Cole Breidenbach 10, Bryce Fettig 6, Dylan C. Bitz 2.
Strasburg-Zeeland: Brody Nieuwsma 20, Nic Kramer 14, Cole Nieuwsma 12, Mason Kramer 6, Kyle Nieuwsma 5, Scotti Scherr 4, Logan Kramer 3, Jon Stabler 1.
3-Pointers: Napoleon (3-18): B. Fettig2,T.Fettig1,Strasburg-Zeeland (4-14): B. Nieuwsma 2, M. Kramer 1, L. Kramer 1. Fouled Out: None.