The Trucker boys’ varsity basketball team came up on the short end of a 52-41 score in their game against the Freedom Irish on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
Freedom led 9-6 after one quarter, but Clintonville led 21-19 at halftime. Freedom outscored Clintonville 16-13 to retake the lead going into the fourth quarter and then outscored the Truckers 17-7 in the final frame.
Emmett Battenberg and Andy Schmidt both scored nine points to lead Clintonville, while Aaron Teske and Turner Doornink both scored eight. Ross Westphal netted five and Skyler Lehman added two.
The Truckers made 16 of 39 shots (41 percent), hitting 4 of 15 from beyond the arc (26 percent). The team made 5 of 6 free throws (83 percent).
Freedom outrebounded Clintonville 22-20, while both teams had 13 assists. The Irish had six steals, while Clintonville had five. The Truckers turned the ball over 10 times, while Freedom coughed it up eight times. The Irish were whistled for 11 fouls, while Clintonville committed eight.
Clintonville 46, FVL 42
The Truckers started strong in front of a huge home crowd, leading 12-9 after one quarter and 28-25 at halftime.
The Foxes outscored the Truckers 16-5 in the third quarter to take an eight-point lead, and it looked as though the Truckers might not be able to mount a comeback.
The team stepped up to the challenge in the final frame, allowing the Foxes to score just one point while the Trucker offense cranked out 13 points to retake the lead and seal the victory.
Schmidt led Clintonville with 16 points, while Doornink added 10, Petermann scored eight, Battenberg tallied six, and Lehman, Westphal and Teske all scored two.
The Truckers made 13 of 31 shots (41 percent), hitting 4 of 14 from 3-point range (28 percent) and making 16 of 25 free throws (64 percent).
The Foxes gathered 22 rebounds, while the Truckers came up with 14 boards. Clintonville had 15 steals to FVL’s 6 and turned the ball over 13 times, while the Foxes had 21 turnovers. Both teams committed 19 fouls.