YORK TWP. — Sometimes you tip your hat and move on to the next game.
The Buckeye boys basketball team found itself in a back-and-forth Patriot Athletic Conference contest with Stripes Division champion Clearview through three quarters before fading in a 65-50 loss.
It wasn’t so much Clearview (14-3, 13-0) as it was Jaylen Paschel, who again put his team on his back to keep the Clippers prefect in the league with Javon Todd (ankle) out.
“He got hot and made some shots, and we did a poor job of letting him get loose,” Bucks coach Todd Harrington said. “After he made a couple, we didn’t do a good job of getting closer. Give him the credit, though, he was open and he made us pay.”
Paschel scored 15 of his 24 points in the final quarter by going 5-for-8 from the floor, including 3-for-4 on 3-pointers, and 2-for-2 from the line.
When Paschel wasn’t blistering Buckeye (12-6, 9-4) with one of his signature swishes, he was collecting four rebounds, adding an assist and pocketing a steal in the final eight minutes.
“You have to tip your cap,” said Buckeye forward Carter Hudak, who had 10 points and 10 rebounds. “He was making some tough shots. At the same time, we needed to find an answer for him. There’s nothing you can do about it when he’s hitting those tough shots.”
When Paschel or Sam Daniels (15 points) weren’t hitting the tough shots for the Clippers, Buckeye was doing a poor job of controlling the ball.
Of the 20 turnovers the Bucks made, an uncharacteristic eight came in the final quarter. That allowed Clearview to go on a 16-5 run to start the fourth, turning a three-point game into a contest decidedly in the Clippers’ favor with 4:02 left.
“It’s hard to pinpoint right now,” Harrington said. “I’d have to watch the film, but give credit to Clearview. They’re a really good basketball team. They’ve got some kids that really apply some pressure. They get the credit. They were the better team tonight.”
The fourth quarter completely squashed what was a nip-and-tuck game through three periods, as the two traded the lead nine times with five ties. Before the fatal fourth, Buckeye’s biggest lead was three, while Clearview held a seven-point advantage midway through the first quarter.
“It was real tough once they got the momentum,” said Buckeye guard Anthony Watkins, who had a team-high 13 points and six rebounds. “They started making all the shots and getting all hyped up.”
The loss, coupled with Wellington’s 70-59 win over Lutheran West, puts Buckeye two games behind the Dukes in the Stars Division with three to play, making virtually everything a must-win for the Bucks.
But Harrington isn’t ready to start concentrating on the postseason yet.
“Nothing should change for us because every day we’re trying to improve,” he said. “Every day we’re trying to get better. I told them you can’t change the past, but the future is whatever you want it to be. We have to come back to work tomorrow. That’s the reality of it, so that’s what we’re going to do.”
Dylan Rebman’s successful layup was ruled to have left his hand after the buzzer, giving the Buckeye junior varsity a 50-49 victory. Clay Gunkelman’s layup with 17.0 seconds left gave the Bucks the lead. Aaron Drew led Buckeye with 15 points.
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Clearview 65, Buckeye 50
CLEARVIEW (65): Gee Newton 3-0-8, Sam Daniels 4-7-15, Jaylen Paschel 9-2-24, Jamir Billings 1-2-5, Javon Todd 2-0-4, Evan Berrios 1-1-3, Josiah Hitchens 2-0-4, Anthony Terry 1-0-2, Darien Jackson 0-0-0. Totals 23-12-65.
BUCKEYE (50): Spencer Imes 0-0-0, Carter Hudak 4-0-10, Justin Canedy 3-0-6, Anthony Watkins 3-5-13, Brock Brumfield 5-0-11, Adam Fauver 0-1-1, Mike Knoll 1-0-3, Aaron Drew 2-0-6. Totals 18-6-50.
Clearview 15 8 16 26 — 65
Buckeye 12 13 11 14 — 50
Three-point goals: (C) Paschel 4, Newton 2, Billings, (B) Hudak 2, Watkins 2, Brumfield, Knoll, Drew 2. Rebounds: Fairview 33 (Pashchal 7), Buckeye 32 (Hudak 10). Assists: Clearview 17 (Hitchens 5), Buckeye 15 (Brumfield 5).
Junior varsity: Buckeye, 50-49