Christmas is still three weeks away, but Clintonville’s boys’ basketball team is already handing out gifts.
Waupaca converted several of the Truckers’ 20 turnovers into points Nov. 26, as the Comets picked up their first victory of the season with a 62-35 Eastern Valley Conference win in their home opener.
The Truckers took an early 3-0 lead, but the Comets closed out the first quarter with a 14-0 run and then outscored the visitors 11-10 in the second quarter to take a 25-13 halftime lead.
Waupaca added to its lead with an 18-6 advantage in the third quarter before outscoring the visitors 19-16 over the final eight minutes.
Turnovers were a key to the win, according to coach Ron Weber.
“We are going to have to be adaptable,” he said. “We can pick people up and create turnovers. We want to do that and that’s what the kids worked on this summer. Deflections lead to breakouts and all of a sudden, the momentum’s on your side.”
Zander Neuville led the Comets and all scorers with 19 points, but was the only Waupaca player to finish in double figures, as teammates Bryce Neidert and Nate Jenson added eight points each.
Waupaca also hit 27 of 46 shots for 59 percent, while the Truckers were 11 of 35 for 27 percent. Andy Schmidt led Clintonville with 11 points.
The Comets hosted Appleton Xavier Dec. 3 and will head to Little Chute for an EVC matchup with the Mustangs at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6.