Clearview 53, Lutheran West 51
By Mark Fenske  |  LutheranWest.com staff
Friday, January 6, 2012

ROCKY RIVER -- 
Lutheran West let one slip away last night, as they fell to the Clearview Clippers 53-51 in the Rock Gymnasium. The game was tight the entire way, with no team winning a quarter by more than three and neither team holding more than a seven point lead at any time. Lutheran West had a chance to tie the game in the last four seconds, but senior Shane Elkins’ seven foot jumper bounced off the front of the rim as the buzzer sounded. 
Elkins got a good look off the inbounds play. With 4.0 seconds on the clock, LW had the ball out of bounds on the wing above the key on the scorer’s table side. Sophomore Chris Scott inbounded the ball to an open Elkins across the court near the baseline. The lobbed pass took long enough to give Clearview time to react and force Elkins to dribble once before he put up the short jumper that fell short as the buzzer sounded.
Lutheran West found itself down 45-38 after surrendering an 8-2 run to the Clippers to start the fourth quarter, but clawed their way back thanks to senior Ricky Downer. After a Scott basket and an Elkins free throw, Downer hit a pair of free throws, a basket, and then grabbed a steal that led to more free throws for Elkins. A three pointer from Clearview was answered by free throws from Scott and Elkins and LW found itself down by one with a minute to play. 
They never quite got over the hump, however. After a Clearview layup put the Clippers up by three, Downer pulled it back to a one point game with a jumper at 25 seconds left. Clearview put in a free throw to push the lead to two. Elkins then missed the eight-footer as time expired.
Ricky Downer led the team with 16 points. Junior Dan Hillenbrand was the only other Longhorn in double figures with 11.
Schedule
Date
Opponent
Results
Tue 12/6/11
L, 61-49
Fri 12/9/11
L, 67-64
Tue 12/13/11
L, 67-59
Fri 12/16/11
W, 68-60
Tue 12/20/11
W, 57-44
Tue 1/3/12
W, 82-39
Fri 1/6/12
L, 53-51
Tue 1/10/12
L, 66-59
Fri 1/13/12
W, 68-65
Tue 1/17/12
L, 77-64
2011-12 Coach Alan Januzzi
2011-12 through 2014-15
 

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