CINCINNATI – Clinton-Massie senior Thomas Myers eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in a 64-41 loss at Cincinnati Purcell Marian Saturday.
Myers led all scorers with 17 points. He hit the mark with 5:30 left in the third quarter with points 10 and 11, which came off an offensive rebound and reverse layup.
The Cavaliers (14-3), then-ranked fifth in the state in the Division III Associated Press poll, scored the first seven points of the game. Massie (12-3) responded with the next seven, capped by a free throw and a bucket by Myers.
Purcell Marian, who dropped to No. 7 in Monday’s state poll, reeled off the next nine to go up 16-7 before a Myers three stopped that run.
Clinton-Massie then went the final 6:36 of the half without a field goal and trailed 34-12 at the break.
“This was an opportunity to come see how we match up against the No. 5 team in the state. We found out quick they’re No. 5 in the state for a reason,” CM head coach Todd Cook said. “I thought in the first half we came out and played real timid. We didn’t come and meet passes.”
Myers needed four points to reach 1,000 entering the second half and he got them early, scoring them as the Falcons scored eight of the first 10 points to open the third period.
The Cavaliers responded with nine straight to take its largest lead of the game to that point, 45-20 with 3:01 left in the third quarter.
With seven straight points early in the fourth quarter, Massie cut Purcell Marian’s lead from 52-30 to 52-37.
“We came out and attacked the basket a lot better. We hit some shots from the outside. We worked hard on defensive side,” Cook said. “We’re going to have the effort. We just have to prove it for four quarters. We can play with about anybody, but we have to come out and do it four quarters, not two. But what I do know about these kids is they don’t give up. They kept on fighting.”
Brendan Lamb joined Myers in double figures with 10 points for Massie.
Purcell Marian had three in double figures, led by Javonta Lyons with 16. Bryan Warah added 14 and Jared Baldock chipped in with 10.
Clinton-Massie won the JV game 61-53. Nate Baker led the Falcons with 19 points. Tate Olberding had 15.
Massie returns to action Tuesday at Goshen looking to secure at least a tie for the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division title.
February 1, 2019
@Purcell-Marian High School
Purcell-Marian 64 Clinton-Massie 41
(41) CLINTON-MASSIE (fg-ft-tp) Lamb 5-0-10, Chowning 1-0-3, Myers 7-2-17, Laake 2-1-5, Settlemyre 0-0-0, Wolfe 1-0-2, Faucett 0-0-0, Olberding 0-0-0, Valentine 1-0-2, Baker 0-2-2, Voss 0-0-0. Total 17-5-41. 3-point goals: 2 (Chowning, Myers). FTM-FTA 5-12, 42 percent.
(64) PURCELL MARIAN (fg-ft-tp) Jefferson 1-0-2, Garrett 3-1-7, Dotson 3-1-7, Lyons 5-4-16, Warah 7-0-14, Jackson 0-0-0, Hoover 0-0-0, Baldock 5-0-10, Little 2-4-8. Total 26-10-64. 3-point goals: 2 (Lyons 2). FTM-FTA 10-16, 63 percent.
Shawn Robinson covers high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @twinzdad01.