Second quarter surprise gives Clippers an 82-72 win


Johnny Matakovich penetrates for two of his 17 points.


Casey McConihe drives the lane for two.


Finding room to move down the court, Tino Laboy looks to score.


Reno Kruman fights for position on the rebound.


Marshall Busey nails down a three.


Photos by Joseph Colon | Amherst News-Times

Coming off their first win of the season and a long holiday break, Amherst looked solid in the first quarter Saturday against the Clearview Clippers. On the non-conference action on the road, the Comets jumped out to a tenuous four-point lead (21-17) at the end of the period. But no one expected the 13-point Clippers run that started the second quarter. When Clearview’s Lance Billings stole the ball to sprint in for a layup, it put the Clippers on top and changed the tide of the game. The teams played in lockstep for the rest and Amherst never found the lead again in the 82-72 loss, trailing by nine heading into the second half and again as the fourth quarter began. The Junior Varsity Comets also slipped 68-50 to the Clippers earlier in the day but the freshmen found a resounding 50-22 victory.

Johnny Matakovich penetrates for two of his 17 points.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/01/web1_Neeko74.jpgJohnny Matakovich penetrates for two of his 17 points.

Casey McConihe drives the lane for two.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/01/web1_Neeko74-2.jpgCasey McConihe drives the lane for two.

Finding room to move down the court, Tino Laboy looks to score.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/01/web1_Neeko74-3.jpgFinding room to move down the court, Tino Laboy looks to score.

Reno Kruman fights for position on the rebound.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/01/web1_Neeko74-4.jpgReno Kruman fights for position on the rebound.

Marshall Busey nails down a three.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2016/01/web1_Neeko74-5.jpgMarshall Busey nails down a three.

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