WASHINGTON — On a very cold first Friday of 2017, the Washington Blue Lions welcomed the Clinton-Massie Falcons for an SCOL game to begin play in the new year.
The Blue Lions overcame a very cold-shooting first quarter and rallied from an 11-point deficit to post a 46-45 victory.
Washington improves to 5-4 overall, 4-1 in the SCOL.
The Falcons fall to 1-8 overall, 0-5 in the league.
Washington was led in scoring by junior Evan Upthegrove with 13 points. He hit two of his team’s five three-point field goals.
Sophomore Dillon Steward scored nine (with one three-pointer), and seniors Jarett Patton and Griffin Shaw each scored eight.
Falcons’ senior Nick Chowning was the game’s high scorer with 17 points. He hit three of Clinton-Massie’s four treys on the night and went 8 of 8 from the free throw line.
Senior Christopher Demler had nine points for the Falcons and sophomore Thomas Myers scored seven.
The shooting was off for both teams Friday. Unofficially, the Blue Lions hit 17 of 54 shots for 31 percent. Clinton-Massie was 14 of 44 for 32 percent.
The difference may have come down to turnovers as the Falcons had (unofficially) 17 compared to 8 for the Blue Lions.
After falling back 2-0, the Falcons then went on a 9-0 run thanks to a pair of threes from Chowning to start the game. The Falcons increased their lead to 17-6 with 5:28 to play in the first half. Washington outscored Clinton-Massie 14-3 the remainder of the second quarter to tie the game at the half, 20-20.
The Falcons, who shot 72 percent from the free throw line, sank four free throws to start the second half, taking a 24-20 lead.
But the Blue Lions scored 16 of the next 20 points and led 36-28. A nifty 7-0 run by the Falcons cut the margin to 36-35 at the end of three quarters of play.
The Falcons took the lead with the first score of the fourth quarter. Washington surged ahead by four, only to see Clinton-Massie tie the game, 40-40, with 5:15 to play.
Shaw hit a three and Chowning responded in kind, knotting the game at 43-43. Another basket by the Falcons was followed by a basket by Shaw, tying the game, 45-45.
Kenny Upthegrove made one of two free throws with 25.9 seconds to play. Shaw blocked a lay-up attempt, but the Falcons retained possession. First the Falcons, then the Blue Lions turned the ball over, with Massie calling a time-out with 13 seconds to play. The Falcons did get a shot off, but it was no good.
December 6, 2017
@Washington Senior High School
Washington 46 Clinton-Massie 45
(46) WASHINGTON (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Dillon Steward 3 (1)-0-9; Jarett Patton 3-2-8; Evan Upthegrove 2 (2)-3-13; Kory Proby 2-0-4; Kenny Upthegrove 1-1-3; Griffin Shaw 1 (2)-0-8; Blaise Tayese 0-0-0; Richard Burns Jr. 0-1-1. TOTALS — 12 (5)-7-46. Free throw shooting: 7 of 11 for 64 percent. Three-point field goals: E. Upthegrove, 2; Shaw, 2; Steward. Field goal shooting: 17 of 54 for 31 percent. Turnovers: 8.
(45) CLINTON-MASSIE (fg-3fg-ft-tp) Christopher Demler 3-3-9; Daulton Wolfe 0-0-0; Nick Chowning 0 (3)-8-17; Thomas Myers 3-1-7; Griffin Cook 0 (1)-0-3; Noah Greathouse 3-0-6; Bailey Leforge 1-1-3; Trey Uetrecht 0-0-0; Griffin Laake 0-0-0. TOTALS — 10 (4)-13-45. Free throw shooting: 13 of 18 for 72 percent. Three-point field goals: N. Chowning, 3; Cook. Field goal shooting: 14 of 44 for 32 percent. Turnovers: 17.