The Clintonville boys’ basketball team held a three point lead at halftime, but couldn’t fend off Freedom, eventually falling 45-37.
Clintonville and Freedom stayed close to each other in the first quarter, with Freedom coming away with a 10-8 lead. The Truckers turned on the offense in the second quarter, putting up 10 points compared to Freedom’s five points.
A poor third quarter proved to be Clintonville’s downfall, as they gave up 17 points in the quarter and scored only eight points.
The Truckers held strong the final quarter, being outscored by only two points. That wasn’t nearly good enough, as they fell 45-37.
The Truckers shot for a better percentage from the floor than Freedom, 42% to 31%. Freedom got 11 more shots off. Clintonville also out rebounded Freedom, and had more assists. Points at the free throw line proved to be the difference, as Freedom scored 12 points from the line, while Clintonville had only two points. Freedom’s 11 steals also had an impact on the game.
Clintonville’s Andy Schmidt led all scorers with 23 points. Nick Hogen added eight points, while Tyler Petermann, Ross Westphal, and Parker Mindel had two points each.
Clintonville travels to Fox Valley Lutheran, Friday, Jan. 3.