Fourth-quarter run lifts Clymer over Pine Valley

SOUTH DAYTON — The Clymer Pirates erupted for 21 fourth-quarter points to rally past Pine Valley, 47-41, Wednesday in non-league boys high school basketball action.

Trailing, 33-26 heading into the final frame, the visitors went on a 21-8 run to steal the victory.

“They played good defense,” Pine Valley coach David Pihlblad said. “We turned the ball over a ton in the fourth quarter. They played zone in the fourth and we gave up the ball way too many times.”

Not helping matters was the balanced scoring attack of the Pirates as three players scored in double digits, led by Dustin Neckers’ 13 points. Josh VanEarden added 12 and Justin Svetz had 10 in the win. Neckers also had seven rebounds and three blocks while Svetz had five rebounds.

“They are a balanced team,” Pihlblad said. “They don’t have a go-to guy, but they spread ball around well. They set tons of screens which allows them to get open looks.”

Zach Mansfield was the lone bright spot for Pine Valley with a game-high 19 points. Robbie Clutter added 13 rebounds and three steals in defeat.

Pine Valley looks to get back into the win column Friday at Brocton.