The Trucker boys’ varsity basketball team was frustrated by the swarming defense applied by the Freedom Irish on Tuesday, Feb. 3, as the visiting team cruised to a 53-25 win.
Freedom used a few 3-pointers to build a 15-11 lead after one quarter. Their lead grew to 24-17 at halftime.
After the break, the Trucker offense still couldn’t solve Freedom’s high-pressure defense. Clintonville managed just six points in the third quarter while Freedom put up 11.
Down by 12 going into the fourth quarter, the Truckers desperately needed a spark on offense. Unfortunately, that spark was never found, and the Irish outscored the Truckers 18-2 in the fourth quarter to earn a 28-point win.
Clintonville made just 8 of 24 shots (33 percent) including 3 of 12 from 3-point range (25 percent) and 6 of 11 from the free throw line (54 percent).
Meanwhile, Freedom was on fire, making 18 of 29 shots (62 percent) including 5 of 10 from 3-point range (50 percent) and 12 of 18 from the free throw line (66 percent).
The Irish earned a 22-10 rebounding advantage and had 11 steals, compared to Clintonville’s six. Freedom committed 10 turnovers on the night, and the Truckers gave the ball away 15 times.
The Irish held an 8-5 edge in bench points and a 5-0 advantage in second-chance points while outscoring the Truckers 14-7 in points off turnovers.
Tyler Petermann led the Truckers with nine points and five rebounds while Nick Hogen added eight. Nate Krueger and Aaron Morse both scored three and Jordan Koeppen tallied two.