Five Clippers score in double figures enroute to victory over Eureka-Bowdle
Strasburg-Zeeland got off to a slow start offensively, but the Clippers scored 62 points over the final three quarters on the way to a 67-58 victory over Eureka-Bowdle (SD) in Zeeland on Feb. 9. The Clippers improved to 16-2 on the season with the victory.
Strasburg-Zeeland mustered just a three-pointer and a pair of free throws from Scotti Scherr to account for just 5 points in the opening period, and Eureka-Bowdle held an 8-5 lead at the end of the frame. However, the Clippers used a 19-11 run during the second quarter to take a 24-19 halftime lead, and they would never relinquish the lead in the second half. Scherr and Cole Nieuwsma each scored 7 points for Strasburg-Zeeland in the first half, while Tyler Wipf netted 11 points in the half to pace Eureka-Bowdle.
The Clippers used a much more balanced scoring attack in the second half to take control, and six players got in the scorebook for Strasburg-Zeeland during the third period as the Clippers built a double-digit (46-34) lead heading into the final quarter. The Clippers hit on just half (9) of their 18 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter, but that would make up the winning margin.
Both teams shot 47 percent from the field and hit 5 three-pointers in the game, but Strasburg-Zeeland hit one more field goal, and the Clippers attempted more than twice as many free throws as Eureka-Bowdle. Strasburg-Zeeland sank 18 of 32 (56%) free throws, including 13 of 25 in the second half, compared to an 11 of 15 (73%) showing from the line by the Patriots.
Five Clippers scored in double figures, led by Cole Nieuwsma, who scored 10 of his team-high 17 points in the second half, while pulling down 6 rebounds. Mason Kramer netted 15 points with 3 assists and a pair of steals, and Kyle Nieuwsma (5 rebounds, 4 assists), Brody Nieuwsma (two 3-pointers, 4 rebounds, 2 steals) and Scherr (4 steals) netted 11 points apiece for Strasburg-Zeeland. Nic Kramer grabbed 6 re- bounds and dished out 3 assists for the Clippers. Austin Weiszhaar scored a gamehigh 19 points, including 17 in the second half, to lead Eureka-Bowdle. Wipf finished with 15 points, Brandon Beutler added 12, and Josh Raile tallied 9 points for the Patriots.
Eureka-Bowdle: Austin Weiszhaar 19, Tyler Wipf 15, Brandon Beutler 12, Josh Raile 9, Jesse Weber 3.
Strasburg- Zeeland: Cole Nieuwsma 17, Mason Kramer 15, Kyle Nieuwsma 11, Brody Nieuwsma 11, Scotti Scherr 11, Nic Kramer 2.
3-Pointers: Eureka-Bowdle (5- 14): Wipf 2, Weiszhaar 1, Beutler 1, Raile 1, Strasburg-Zeeland (5-13): B. Nieuwsma 2, M. Kramer 2, Scherr 1. Fouled Out: None.