Spartans keep Falcons winless with 74-64 win


GERMANTOWN – Austin Clark came off the bench to score 11 points in the fourth quarter to lead Valley View to a 74-64 win over Clinton-Massie Monday in a non-league boys basketball game at VVHS.

Clark’s long-range shooting helped the Spartans break open a close game and pull out a 10-point win.

“He’s a streaky shooter,” said Valley View head coach Ben Buehner, a former standout baseball player at Wilmington College. “But you know what? He came in early before the game and put up an hour’s worth of shots. The more you invest, the more you get in return.”

Clark finished with 14 points while Zach Haeseker led the Spartans with 17 points.

Noah Greathouse was the game’s high scorer with 18 points.

“Noah played a great game,” CM coach Todd Cook said after the game.

Trey Uetrecht added 13 points while Griffin Cook and Thomas Myers had 11 points each.

“Trey has the football out of him and is demanding the ball; he is doing a very good job for us,” said Cook.

The Falcons are now 0-5 on the year. The Spartans are 3-3.

“We are consistently inconsistent,” Buehner said. “When we’re on, we’re on.”

The Falcons trailed early 5-3 but then used its fastbreak offense to scored 6 straight points and grab a 9-5 advantage. Greathouse had 5 points during the CM run. The Falcons later rallied from a 14-12 deficit on 3-pointers by Greathouse and Griffin Cook.

But the homestanding Spartans surged in front, 22-18 at the end of the first when Austin Clark grabbed a long rebound, scored the putback and went to the line for a free throw as time expired.

In the second, the Valley View lead varied from 3 to 6 points but Clinton-Massie was unable to get the lead back through most of the quarter. Uetrecht had a couple of baskets early to keep the Falcons close.

Uetrecht then turned playmaker, assisting on Chris Demler’s 3-pointer at the 2:04 mark that gave the Falcons a 31-30 lead. Uetrecht caused a Valley View turnover when he took a charge at 1:45.

Demler returned the favor with about 35 seconds to go in the second when his pass set-up a Uetrecht layup and a 33-30 Massie lead.

But the Falcons didn’t handle their sudden success well, giving up 6 unanswered points to end the quarter, including a steal and layup by Zach Haeseker of Valley View as time expired to put CM in a 36-33 hole.

Massie quickly made it a one-point game in the third, 38-37, thanks to a basket by Uetrecht and a steal and lay-in by Daulton Wolfe. With 3:10 to play in the third, Myers hit a pair of free throws to give Massie a 42-41 lead.

The CM advantage went to 47-43 when Uetrecht grabbed an offensive board then assisted on Myers’ basket in the paint.

Massie again faltered late in the period, giving up a steal and free throw, then a last-second offensive stickback. That turn of events gave the lead back to Valley View, 48-47.

“We don’t finish well,” coach Cook said. “We haven’t been able to take advantage of our opportunities. Like they banked in a 3 … when are we going to get a break like that.”

The Spartans continued to build its lead until Massie called time at 5:40, down 54-49.

Myers and Greathouse collaborated on 5 points for the Falcons – Greathouse to Myers for 2 then Myers to Greathouse for a 3 but it was still a 60-54 Valley View advantage. Austin Clark had a trio of 3-pointers to keep the Spartans on top.

The Massie deficit went to 64-56 before Cook called time at 2:37, the end seemingly determined. The highlight of the mini-run by Valley View was an alley-oop dunk by Tyler Whiteman from Haeseker.

Massie battled to the end, though, in large part to Valley View’s inability to put the game away at the line. Griffin Cook hit a 3 to make it 68-64 and CM quickly called time. Todd Cook was hit with a technical and Haeseker hit both freebies. The Falcons forced a 5-second call on the inbound play but then turned the ball right back over to the Spartans with 16 seconds to go to seal the loss.

Clinton-Massie will host Cincinnati Shroder Wednesday at the Lebanon Road gym. The freshman game will tip-off at 4:45 p.m. followed by the reserve and varsity games.

In the reserve game Monday night, Cameron Stern sent the game to overtime but the Falcons came up on the short end 49-48.

Stern’s stickback in the final seconds tied the game at 45-45 at the end of regulation.

Griffin Laake had a three-pointer in the extra session but Massie came up one point short.

Drew Settlemyre finished with a team-high 15 points for the Falcons, eight of those coming in the fourth quarter.

Zach Chowning had 11 points and Spencer Voss added 8. Stern finished with 7, Laake had 5 and Spencer Branham scored 2.

Gio Geiger led Valley View with 12 points, 10 in the second half. Will Harshberger had nine points.


December 19, 2016

@Valley View High School

Valley 74 Clinton-Massie 64



(64) CLINTON-MASSIE (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Cook 4-3-0-11 Uetrecht 5-0-3-13 Wolfe 1-0-1-3 Greathouse 7-2-2-18 Myers 4-0-3-11 Chowning 2-1-0-5 Leforge 0-0-0-0 Demler 1-1-0-3. TOTALS

(74) VALLEY VIEW (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Herman 3-2-1-9 Erbaugh 2-0-7-11 Whiteman 4-0-2-10 Haeseker 5-1-6-17 McMonigle 3-0-1-7 Smith 1-0-2-4 Clark 5-3-1-14 Vantrease 1-0-0-2. TOTALS 24-6-20-74

By Mark Huber

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