The Clintonville boys’ basketball team went 0-2 last week.
The team suffered a tough one-point loss to Berlin on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 20-19. The outcome wasn’t that close later in the week when the team traveled to Freedom and lost 45-15.
Freedom 45, Clintonville 15
FREEDOM – The first quarter set the tone for the entire game as the Truckers were shutout in the first quarter. They gave up nine points in the quarter.
The Truckers finally got on the scoreboard in the second quarter, scoring four points. Freedom upped its point output in the quarter to 10 to take a 19-4 halftime lead.
The Truckers scored a total of seven points in the third quarter, but gave up 12 points.
Freedom saved its best offensive quarter for the fourth quarter when they scored 14 points. Clintonville was regulated to four points in the quarter.
Nate Krueger led the Truckers with 10 points. Aaron Morse and Todd Taylor chipped in with two points each, while Nick Hogen scored one point.
The Truckers made 6 of 26 shots (23 percent) and hit 2 of 8 from 3-point range (25 percent). Clintonville was 1 of 8 from the foul line.
Freedom had only a two rebound advantage on the boards, 19-17.
A total of 18 turnovers doomed the Truckers. Of those turnovers, 12 of them were steals by Freedom.
Berlin 20, Clintonville 19
CLINTONVILLE – The Truckers got out to an 8-4 lead after one quarter and held a 15-8 lead at halftime, but the Indians came out hot in the second half to outscore Clintonville 10-2 in the third quarter.
Both teams scored just two points each in the final quarter, and Berlin walked away with the win.
Morse led Clintonville with six points, while Jordan Koeppen added four. Paul Kenfield netted three, while Todd Taylor Jr., Tyler Petermann, and Hogen each scored two.
The Truckers made 9 of 27 shots (33 percent) and hit 1 of 12 from 3-point range (8 percent). Clintonville missed all three of their free throw attempts.
Berlin outrebounded Clintonville 19-14 and had eight steals to Clintonville’s seven. The Indians turned the ball over 13 times, while the Truckers had 10 giveaways.
(Bert Lehman contributed to this story.)