Clippers close out regular-season slate by cruising past Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier
Strasburg-Zeeland opened up a double-digit lead by the end of the first quarter and then cruised to a 65-49 victory over Edgeley-Kulm- Montpelier in the regularseason finale for both teams in Kulm on Feb. 12.
Strasburg-Zeeland finished the regular season with a 17-2 record (its best regular season record since 2002), and the Clippers captured a share of the South Central Conference title (with Linton-HMB). Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier, which lost for the 5th time in 8 games, dropped to 12-7.
The game was tied, 8-8, about midway through the opening period, but Strasburg-Zeeland ripped off 12 unanswered points to move into the lead for good, and the Clippers closed out the frame with a 14-3 run for a 22-11 advantage.
Chris Miller’s basket to start the second period cut the lead to single digits (22- 13), but Strasburg-Zeeland responded with a 20-6 run to open up a 42-19 cushion with just over a minute left in the first half, and the Clippers took a commanding, 44-23 advantage to the intermission.
Strasburg-Zeeland shot the ball very well throughout the game, and the Clippers hit 20 of 29 (69%) field goals in the first half. The Clippers also hit 4 of 6 free throws, committed just 3 turnovers, and held a 19-10 advantage in rebounds. E-K-M shot just 36 percent (9 of 25) from the field in the half. Cole Nieuwsma (11), Mason Kramer (10) and Kyle Nieuwsma (8) combined for 29 points for Strasburg-Zeeland in the first half, while Logan Hanson and Mason Madcke led the Rebel’s first-half scoring with 6 points apiece.
Strasburg-Zeeland continued its hot hand in the second half, and the Clippers maintained at least an 18-point lead throughout the third period, despite turning the ball over 10 times in the frame. Strasburg-Zeeland opened up as much as a 24-point (55- 31) lead in the quarter before taking a 55-35 advantage into the final stanza.
E-K-M made a little run to start the fourth quarter, as the turnover bug continued to plague Strasburg-Zeeland. Hanson’s basket capped an 11-2 run by E-K-M that cut the lead to 57-42 with just under 5:00 left in the game, but the Rebels would get no closer than that, and Strasburg-Zeeland ripped off 6 unanswered points over the next 1:30 to put the game away (63-42).
Strasburg-Zeeland shot 67 percent (10 of 15) from the field in the second half and finished a sizzling, 68 percent (30 of 44) from the floor for the game. The Clippers hit 5 of 8 free throws, and held a commanding, 31-17 advantage on the boards, but they turned the ball over 20 times in the game, with 17 of the miscues occurring over the final two quarters. E-K-M went 5 of 9 (56%) from behind the arc, but the Rebels shot just 37 percent (15 of 41) on 2-point field goal attempts. The Rebels hit 4 of 7 free throws and committed 15 turnovers in the game.
Mason Kramer scored a game-high 16 points to go along with 2 assists and 3 steals, while Kyle Nieuwsma (8 rebounds, 3 assists) and Cole Nieuwsma (4 rebounds) scored 15 points apiece for Strasburg-Zeeland. Nic Kramer added 9 points and 3 assists, Scotti Scherr tallied 4 points, 5 rebounds and a pair of steals, and Brody Nieuwsma scored 4 points and dished out a career-high 12 assists for the Clippers. Madcke led E-K-M with 15 points, and Hanson netted 10 points for the Rebels.
Stra.-Zeel. 22 22 11 10 65
Edg.-K-M 11 12 12 14 49
Strasburg-Zeeland: Mason Kramer 16, Cole Nieuwsma 15, Kyle Nieuwsma 15, Nic Kramer 9, Scotti Scherr 4, Brody Nieuwsma 4, Jon Stabler 2.
Edgeley-Kulm-Mont.: Mason Madcke 15, Logan Hanson 10, Tystan Harr 8, Tallen Berg 5, Chris Miller 4, Josh Foley 4,Tanner Zahn 3.
3-Pointers: Strasburg-Zeeland (0- 3), Edgeley-Kulm (5-9): Madcke 3, Berg 1, Zahn 1. Fouled Out: None.