OSCEOLA — Spencer Thompson, Tyler Vandewater and Brady Hilpipre continue to be the offensive trio that makes the Nodaway Valley offense operate.
Saturday was no different as the group of three combined for 44 points during NV's 63-57 win.
A 30-26 halftime advantage for the Wolverines soon 53-38 in about six minutes of game time due to Nodaway Valley's ability to score buckets in rapid succession in transition.
Hilpipre, who ended the night with 14 points, scored three quick buckets to make the lead eight and Clay Hohertz sank an open dagger before Clarke ended NV's 11-0 run with a Lenny Peavy 3-pointer. That came after Hilpipre ended the first half with three personal fouls.
“He scored six to eight points with four fouls. They couldn’t get him out of the game. I thought that was a turning point," Nodaway Valley coach Darrell Burmeister said.
Easy buckets by Aryll Shantz off a pick-and-roll, Vandwater at the rim on the fast break and Shantz again on a putback added to the high spirits of the Wolverines, who found themselves up 57-40.
“They were getting out and running and we weren’t always there back to cover the guys," Clarke coach Jim Dingeman said. "It looked sometimes like they were even running out when we shot it. They were always boxing out. We’re a team that likes to crash the offensive boards. We’ve had some teams take advantage of us like that."
Dalton Stubbe then sparked something of a flame for the Indians, attacking the rim with conviction for a tough finish, followed by a putback, and yet another aggressive drive to narrow the score to 57-50. Stubbe finished with 10 points.
“The first three possessions, they got back in the game in that fourth quarter," Burmeister said.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter Dingeman had told his team they wanted to have the score within 10 at the six-minute mark.
“I challenged the guys at the end of the third quarter, this is the the point where we make the decision," Dingeman said. "Are we just going to pack it in or are we going to take it back at these guys? We made the switch to a zone and we were really looking to pick off passes and we got some turnovers and buckets back-to-back.”
Clarke came all the way to within four after a bucket by Payton Winship, a Cobey Robins free throw line jumper for two of his team-leading 14 points, and a Taylor Henry corner triple right in front of the Clarke bench with 18.3 seconds left.
After Dingeman's timeout, Spencer Thompson took the inbounds pass, and proceeded to knock down two free throws on each of the Wolverines' next two possessions to ice the six-point victory.
Thompson paced all scorers with 19 points as he knocked down three jumpers from behind the arc, and found room off the pick-and-roll to score and pass effiiciently. Two of those shots from deep came to start the second half, which set the tone for NV's 27-point third quarter.
Clarke did have an 8-4 lead early, which it grabbed following a Robins triple and a Winship duece.
Buckets by Hohertz and several Vandewater steals for layups helped change the things in favor of the visitors in the early going.
“Tyler Vandewater is our most consistent defensive player. He’s all over the place," Burmeister said.
Byron Rivera, who finished the night with eight points, pumped several shots through the net early in the second quarter to help Clarke grab the lead back 18-19, only for the two squads to trade blows the rest of the quarter.
Running score by quarter
Cl (57) – 10 26 40 57
NV (63) – 14 30 57 63
Cl (FG FT PTS) – Totals 23 3-6 57. Cobey Robins 6 1-1 14, Dalton Stubbe 4 1-1 10, Byron Rivera 3 0-0 8, Lenny Peavy 3 0-0 8, Payton Winship 3 0-0 7, Zach Smith 2 0-0 4, Taylor Henry 1 0-0 3, Sam Cooley 1 1-3 3. 3-point goals – 8 (Rivera 2, Peavy 2, Robins 1, Winship 1, Stubbe 1, Henry 1). Team fouls – 21. Fouled out – Stubbe.
NV (FG FT PTS) – Totals 24 9-20 63. Spencer Thompson 6 4-6 19, Brady Hilpipre 5 3-4 14, Tyler Vandewater 5 2-6 13, Aryll Shantz 4 0-0 8, Clay Hohertz 2 0-2 5, Josh Baudler 1 0-0 2, Cole Shike 1 0-0 2. 3-point goals – 6 (Thompson 3, Vandewater 1, Hilpipre 1, Hohertz 1). Team fouls – 11. Fouled out – None.
Clarke boys grab fist victory
BLOOMFIELD — Clarke boys basketball had to battle for its first win of the season, but overcame adversity in handing coach Jim Dingeman his first varsity victory as head coach, 64-59 at Davis County on Jan. 2.
“We were just a more aggressive team,” Dingeman said. “We decided at the beginning of the game if we were the aggressor, things would be good for us,”
Clarke led by as much as 31-16 in the second quarter, but fell behind due to a late Davis County charge in the fourth quarter.
Reegan Warming hit a 3-pointer to put DC up 55-52 with 3:07 to play.
But Clarke fought back.
Down 59-55 with a minute to play, Cobey Robins, who finished with 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and six steals, stole a pass and sank two free throws after being fouled. The Indians went into a press, got the ball back, and Dalton Stubbe hit a dagger of a 3-pointer. The freshman came up huge with 14 points.
Davis County did not score again.