Clements Lead Rebels to 61-51 Victory PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bob Kelly   
Saturday, 22 December 2012 02:47

Michael Clements turned in a dominating performance on both offense and defense and host Roncalli held off a charging Scecina Memorial team in the fourth quarter to close out its last home game of 2012 with a 61-51 win.



The Rebels jumped out to an eight-point lead after the first quarter and a basket from the top of the key made it 20-10 with 6:50 remaining before the Crusaders closed the quarter on a 13-6 run to trail only 26-23 at halftime. Senior Gary Gee's lay-up pulled the Crusaders to within 32-31 in the third quarter as both teams battled throughout the rest of the game.

Sophomore guard Jimmy King hit a free throw to give Roncalli a 48-40 lead with 3:45 remaining in the game and Roncalli looked poised to put together back-to-back wins for the first time this season. But Scecina Memorial battled back to 50-47 after sophomore guard Zach Rutland's basket made it 50-47 with 2:06 left to play in the contest.

The Rebels led 52-47 after a tip-in by Clements, who scored a game-high 28 points, with 1:50 to play in the game.

Head coach Mike Wantz said Clements would be a factor in the game.

"We knew that was our advantage going into the game," Wantz said. "We used our size to our advantage and got off to a good start."

Roncalli has put together a 20-game win streak over the Scecina Memorial on its home floor with the Crusader's last win coming in a 68-63 contest on February 1, 1975.

Scecina loses best player in controversial call

The turning point of the game came shortly after Clements' basket. On the ensuing possession, Rutland crashed into the padding and a referee requested a concussion test to be administered to Rutland after he appeared wobbly. The referee asked Rutland to start at 100 and count backwards by seven or recite the alphabet backwards.

The next part is what first-year Scecina Memorial head coach Rob New explained to The Sports Chronicle.

"Our player told him he was all right, but the trainer asked him to do one of them and eventually he was ejected from the game for not doing it," New said. "Our best player was tossed out of the game for nothing."

A technical foul was called on junior guard Jaylen Kimble and another one was called on New for arguing the call and the Crusaders never recovered from it. The Rebels hit four consecutive free throws.

"I just cannot believe how this game ended tonight. Our player told him he was OK, and he was ejected from the game before he even knew it," New said.

"We are trying to create a new culture at this school for the basketball program and the guys are buying into it," New said. "I am proud of the and their effort tonight and so for this season."

New went on to say that his team wants to do the same for the boys basketball team as what has been done in the football and softball programs.

Click on link to see slideshow of pictures from the game.








1955 ─ Six players have a hand in scoring as Scecina defeats Pike Township 27-0.

1965 ─ Sophomore Tommy Armour leads the city in passing for quarterbacks with 467 yards and four TDs.

1975 ─ Brebeuf garners 15 points to beat Scecina (45 points) in cross country.

1985 ─ Chatrand beats Scecina 15-3, 9-15, 15-3 in volleyball match.

1995 ─ Crusaders grab 16 first-place votes to grab top spot in Class 2A football poll.


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