Clymer squeaks by PV in boys basketball game

FORESTVILLE — Clymer beat Pine Valley, 54-50, in a hard-fought non-league high school boys basketball contest Saturday afternoon.

The first quarter was a fast paced affair, with both teams getting many shots off. Great team play from Clymer allowed for the Pirates to use their depth for solid full court play. Zach Mansfield hit a three as time expired in the first quarter, which cut the Clymer lead to one after one.

Zavon Overton got Clymer off to a quick start in the second quarter with a quick three. Clymer was able to add to their lead with strong play by their forwards on both ends of the court.

Pine Valley’s (2-1, 5-5) press forced a few mistakes from the Pirates in the early minutes of the third quarter in which the Panthers were able to gain a one point lead two minutes in. On the next possession, Lucas Beckerink converted on a basket where he was fouled and finished off the three point play.

Three consecutive turnovers by Pine Valley in the backcourt then gave Clymer six points in a 30-second span highlighted by steals and layups from Beckerink and Sam Wiggers. Dustin Neckers added to the lead with back to back baskets from offensive rebounds.

Pine Valley made a late push at the end, but came up short as time expired.

“We did a nice job in the second half with our energy and we were able to take control of the game,” said Clymer coach Dan White. “We played great together as a team and it was a nice team win.”

Dustin Neckers led Clymer (1-4, 5-6) with 14 points while Jordan Wade had eight points and eight rebounds. Beckerink contributed with seven points, five assists, and three steals. Corey Neckers also chipped in with six rebounds. As a team, Clymer came up with 35 rebounds.

Stephen Crisanti and Trent Mihalko each tallied 14 points for Pine Valley. Crisanti also added seven rebounds and seven assists while Mihalko pulled down 11 rebounds.

“It was a great game today,” stated Pine Valley coach Chris Buczek. “This was a hard fought battle by both teams and competitive the whole way. Moving forward, this will help us prepare for our upcoming league games.”

Pine Valley gets back to league play on Tuesday when the Panthers host Ellicottville while Clymer hosts Westfield on Wednesday.