2013-01-24 / Sports

Clippers notch key district victory over South Border

The Strasburg-Zeeland Clippers improved to 6-0 in District 6 with a 54-45 victory over South Border in Zeeland on Jan. 15.

The Clippers, who are ranked in the State Class B Poll for the first time since 2002, improved to 11-0 overall, and came in ranked 9th in the Class B Poll. South Border, meanwhile, suffered a huge blow to its chances to earn the top seed in District 6, as the Mustangs dropped to 3-3 in district play, and 4-7 overall.

Both teams got off to a slow start, and a low-scoring first quarter ended with Strasburg-Zeeland holding an 8-7 edge. However, Strasburg-Zeeland used a strong defensive effort and balanced scoring in the second period to open up a lead they would never surrender. Brody (8), Cole (6) and Kyle (5) Nieuwsma combined for 19 points in the first half, and Strasburg-Zeeland took a 24-16 advantage to the intermission.

Strasburg-Zeeland maintained a steady lead throughout the second half, and even though the Clippers couldn’t add much onto their advantage, South Border was unable to put together any kind of a run to threaten the lead. Strasburg-Zeeland took a 36-27 lead into the final period. Three-pointers by Brody Nieuwsma and Scotti Scherr to start the fourth quarter quelled a potential rally by South Border, and Nieuwsma sank 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch to help seal up the victory. The Clippers attempted just two free throws over the first three quarters, before sinking 6 of 9 shots from the line in the final period.

Strasburg-Zeeland finished 21 of 44 (48%) from thefield,includinga5of14 (36%) showing from behind the arc. South Border hit 9 of 11 free throws, and held a 31-24 advantage in rebounds, including a 15-4 margin in offensive rebounds, but the Mustangs shot a dismal, 28 percent (16 of 57) from the floor, including just 19 percent (4 of 21) on three-point attempts.

Brody Nieuwsma scored 8 points in the final period and finished with a game-high 19 points, to go along with 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Scherr (3 three-pointers, 3 assists) and Cole Nieuwsma scored 9 points apiece, Nic Kramer tallied 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists, and Kyle Nieuwsma chipped in 7 points for the Clippers. Adam Jacobson led South Border with 13 points, and Hunter Pinke, who fouled out in the fourth quarter, added 11 points for the Mustangs.

Scoring Summary

S.Border 791118 45
Stra.-Zeel. 8 16 12 18 54

Team Stats

S B S-Z
Field Goals 16-57 21-44
(28%) (48%)
Free Throws 9-11 7-11
(82%) (64%)
Rebounds 31 24
Turnovers 7 10
Team Fouls 16 11

Individual Scoring

South Border: Adam Jacobson 13, Hunter Pinke 11, Ross Knoll 9, Michael Jacobson 7, Adam Wishek 3, Matt Kretschmar 2.

Strasburg-Zeeland: Brody Nieuwsma 19, Scotti Scherr 9, Cole Nieuwsma 9, Nic Kramer 8, Kyle Nieuwsma 7, Mason Kramer 2.

3-Pointers: South Border (4- 21): Knoll 2, M. Jacobson 1, A. Jacobson 1, Strasburg-Zeeland (5-14): Scherr 3, B. Nieuwsma 2. Fouled Out: Pinke.

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