The first half of Brookside’s Dec. 17 victory over Lorain County League foe Clearview went as well as Larry Babics could have hoped.
The Cardinals forced nine turnovers and allowed just six runs. It looked like Brookside – who was leading 22-6 after the first eight minutes of the game – we were going to run away with a win.
Instead, Clearview remained stable and made a comeback in the game. Forcing misfires and turnovers, Clearview reduced the lead to ten in the third quarter. This race was not enough, however, as Brookside won the game 84-62.
The Clippers outscored Brookside 22-13 in the third quarter, but allowed the Cards to warm up beyond the arc. Brookside scored five of his 13 three-pointers in the fourth quarter, including three from Shalom Simpson.
Simpson was one of four Cardinals to reach double digits in the victory.
Avery Young was the Cardinals’ leading scorer with 16 points while Simpson scored 15. Zion Young and Nolan Waechter both had 14 for the Cardinals.
Alumni Young and Waechter had Brookside’s other triples in the final quarter. Waechter, a freshman, had three 3-point marks, tying Simpson for the lead.
In contrast, Clearview didn’t manage a single three-point shot in the game. This was in large part thanks to the dangerous Brookside press that forced those 19 giveaways in the first half.
Clearview ended the game with 27 turnovers. Brookside coughed the ball 17 times, including 12 in the second and third quarters.
The Clippers were led offensively by Keith Colvin’s record 26 points. Jalen Ferenzi also crossed the ten point mark with 12.
Brookside, who is now 5-1 under Babics, will face Columbia and Oberlin in their next two conference games. The Phoenix and Raiders are among the favorites to win the league this season.
Columbia is also the former Babics team. Babics coached for 15 years in school before moving to Brookside this offseason.