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Creek Boys rally, comes up short

Dyersville Beckman wins, 48-42
CCA’s Nolan Schwarting grabs a rebound in the second half of a varsity game between the Clippers and the Blazers of Dyersville Beckman Catholic. The Creek Boys came out on the short end of the 48-42 final score. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– A tie at the end of the first period turned into a deficit for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boy’s basketball team.
It was a deficit they came close to overcoming, but came up short in the end as Dyersville Beckman Catholic handed the Clippers a 48-42 loss in the season opener Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Tiffin.
Junior Nolan Schwarting opened for the Creek Boys with a 3-pointer as the Clippers and Blazers battled to a 7-7 tie in the first period. The Blazers pulled ahead in the second period for a 25-19 advantage at halftime. Darius Moore tied the game at 16-16 with a timely two-point bucket, while Schwarting made it a 21-19 game late in the quarter.
The Blazers pulled ahead 37-25 at the end of the third period. Freshman T.J. Bollers gave Clipper Nation reason to cheer scoring on a rebound and basket. Moore made it a 10-point game early in the final period as the Clippers trailed 37-27 with roughly 6:30 left to play. Junior Kaden McAreavy cut the gap to five, 39-34, with a 3-point basket, while a Moore free throw made it a four-point gap.
Moore moved the Clippers to within three points of the Blazers with a two-point basket for a 40-37 ballgame, but it was as close as the Creek Boys would get.
Late fouls accounted for five Blazer points before Bollers would score on a rebound with an added free throw. The Clippers still trailed, 45-40, however. Schrepfer scored CCA’s final basket in the last minute. The Blazers held on for the 48-42 win.
Moore led the Clippers with 15 points, backed by Bollers with 11. Schwarting had five points; Schrepfer contributed four, three points came from McAreavy and two points apiece were garnered from Quentin Gisleson and Jordan Wolfe.
The Creek Boys host the Center Point-Urbana Stormin’ Pointers on Friday, Dec. 8, with a 7:30 p.m. varsity tip-off, then travel to Vinton on Tuesday, Dec. 12, to take on the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings, also at 7:30 p.m. The South Tama Trojans march into Tiffin on Friday, Dec. 15.