Coach Huber | March 7, 2014
By Paul Barney, The Morning Journal | March 6, 2014
WESTLAKE — An emotional Gerrell Williams struggled to find the words after Clearview’s Division II district semifinal loss to Holy Name on March 6.
And it was the Clippers who struggled to stop the Green Wave’s offense, which scored early and often in a 73-58 win to advance to the district final against Vermilion on March 8.
“They just kept making shots,” said Williams, who in his last game led Clearview with 20 points. “In the first quarter, they were just hitting everything. Even in the second half we came out a little slow, so it was just hard to come back after that big lead they had.”
Brad Karn was a big part of that fast start, scoring 10 of his game-high 25 points in the first quarter. Karn paced two others in double figures, as Lawrynce Johnson and Will Davis added 22 and 16 points, respectively.
“Brad Karn and Lawrynce Johnson have been 20-point scorers for us all season, but for Will Davis to step up and play such a good second half really made the difference for us tonight,” Green Wave coach Jeff Huber said. “Just to have somebody else who can get in double figures for us is really big and takes a little bit of the burden of those two guys.”
Holy Name led by as many as 17 points in the fourth quarter and never saw its lead drop below six points in the second half. Clearview’s only lead of the came on a 3-pointer from Daimon Knowles that made it 3-2.
After that it was all GreenWave.
Holy Name went on a 9-0 run — highlighted by a Karn fast break dunk off a turnover — to take an 11-3 lead. Trailing, 22-14, after the first quarter, Clearview pulled to within four after a basket from Williams, but Holy Name answered right back with a long-distance shot from Johnson.
“They kind of took it to us early, and we weren’t as aggressive as I would’ve liked us to be at either end,” Clippers coach John Szalay said. “We kept fighting, but then they would knock down a big shot. We weren’t aggressive enough; I think that’s the biggest thing.”
Johnson had 11 points in the second, nine of which came off 3-pointers. Karn added seven points. Knowles’ 3 before the buzzer cut the deficit to 40-32 at the half.
Clearview got as close as six points in the third after a basket from Williams, but that’s as close as it would get the rest of the game. Williams scored 10 of the Clippers’ 12 third-quarter points.
Knowing it was the last game he will play for Clearview, Williams said it was “really hard.”
”I tried to play my hardest and give it my all, it just didn’t come out the way I wanted it to,” Williams said.
Neither did the rest of his team, which finished 18-6.
“I’ve got a great group of young men in there that I’m just lucky to have been their coach,” Szalay said. “They’re good people. We played 24 games and won 18 of them, sometimes we’ve got to remember that.
“There are some hearts that are broken — I’m used to it as a coach — but we’ll stick together. I couldn’t be prouder; it’s been a great year.”
Knowles and Jason Young finished with 10 points apiece for the Clippers, while Eric Burkey and Antonio Bennett each added six.