BRIMFIELD TWP. — Bad things come in threes, and that was precisely the case for Cloverleaf’s boys basketball team Friday.
The Colts lost 66-50 to Field in a Portage Trail Conference Metro Division game in which 3-pointers were the calling cards.
The Colts (7-13, 4-9) were riding high, having won three of their last four games. However, thanks to the hot shooting hands of sophomore Caleb Francis and senior Andrew Johnson, who accounted for 43 points and nine threes, that hot streak came to an end.
“We’re a (2-3) zone team, so we dare teams to shoot from outside,” Cloverleaf coach Jack Banks said. “They’re very good at it and they made shots, so we just have to recognize where the shooters are and get a hand up on them.”
The Falcons (7-13, 5-8) were locked in from the get-go, as Francis and Johnson drained four threes in an 18-9 first quarter. Francis in particular had the magic touch, hitting six 3-pointers en route to 22 points.
“You’ve just got to give them credit,” Colts sophomore guard Brycen Holliday said. “They were hitting some deep threes, and sometimes you just have to tip your hat.”
Holliday was the only Cloverleaf player to reach double digits with 19 points, including three 3-pointers.
“I felt pretty good,” Holliday said. “We just need to make shots. It all comes down to making shots since it’s a make-or-miss type of game.”
The Colts were able to make adjustments, as they came out in the second quarter and held Field to just eight points to pull to 26-24 at the half. Also, they came out in the fourth quarter playing more up-tempo and aggressively, particularly on defense.
“We just changed defenses,” Banks said. “We’re just not a team that can play man for four quarters. We can do it in spurts. If we do change up defenses, it can lead to our offense scoring points in transition off the steals. It wasn’t a lack of effort. This is just a tough place to play.”
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Field 66, Cloverleaf 50
CLOVERLEAF 9 15 6 20 — 50
FIELD 18 8 23 17 — 66
Cloverleaf — Joe Rohde 2-4-9, Nick Bailey 1-3-5, Sylar Jones 2-0-4, Brycen Holliday 5-5-19, Cruz Severson 1-0-2, Matthew Tanko 1-0-3, Jeremy Cottrell 2-0-5, Tyler Webb 1-0-3. TOTALS: 15-12-50.
Field — Andrew Johnson 7-2-20, Demire Edwards-Matthew 2-0-4, Max Adelman 0-1-1, Caleb Francis 6-6-23, Tanner Voiers 0-6-6, Carter Baumberger 1-1-4, Jacob Lupardus 1-0-2, Logan Citraro 1-1-4, Jaheim James 0-0-0, Jacob Gartner 0-2-2, Nevada Lowden 0-0-0. TOTALS: 18-19-66.
3-point goals — Holliday 4, Rohde, Tanko, Cottrell, Webb, Francis 5, Johnson 4, Baumberger, Citraro. Rebounds — Cloverleaf 29 (Holliday, Bailey 7), Field 26 (Adelman 7). Assists — Cloverleaf 9 (Severson 4), Field 13 (Francis, Adelman 3). Records — Cloverleaf (7-13, 4-9), Field (7-13, 5-8). Junior varsity — Field 60, Cloverleaf 19.