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Beckerink, Einink’s Late Shots Put Clymer Past Sherman In ‘D’

Clymer’s Kaden Beckerink goes past Sherman’s Devin Johnson for a layup in Monday’s Section VI Class D semifinal at Jamestown Community College’s Physical Education Complex. P-J photo by Matt Spielman

Clymer and Sherman combined for just 65 points and 22 field goals in Monday’s second Section VI Class D boys basketball semifinal at Jamestown Community College.

Every bucket was huge.

None more than those of Kaden Beckerink and Kameron Einink late in the game.

Beckerink tied the game with 2:25 remaining and Einink put the game away on a 3-pointer with 21 seconds showing on the clock as the second-seeded Pirates beat the third-seeded Wildcats 35-30 inside the Physical Education Complex.

“It’s just about somebody stepping up and making a play,” Sherman head coach Cory Emory said. “They had a couple of guys … who came through big in the second half.”

Clymer’s Jonathan Massing blocks a shot by Sherman’s Daniel Meeder in Monday’s Section VI Class D semifinal game at the Physical Education Complex at Jamestown Community College. P-J photo by Matt Spielman

Next up for Clymer is a 6 p.m. Friday date with No. 1 Pine Valley back at JCC. The Pirates beat the Panthers on an overtime buzzer-beater in their first game of the year, but lost at Pine Valley on Jan. 13.

“It’ll be a tight game. I think a lot of it is going to be how we handle and break their press. … It’ll probably be a higher-scoring game than tonight was. I just have that feeling,” Clymer head coach Irv King said. ” … It’s about executing on Friday night. Which team comes out, hits big shots and takes care of the ball.”

Clymer’s five-point lead at the end of the game Monday matched the biggest for either team all night.

Sherman scored the first five points of the game, but the Pirates scored the final seven points of the first quarter to lead by two after eight minutes.

“Early, we were rushing. We weren’t being patient and letting the offense develop,” King said. “We both know each other so well. You are not getting many open looks by scheming.”

It didn’t get much better offensively for either team.

Beckerink scored through contact late in the second quarter as Clymer took a 13-12 lead into halftime, but the teams came out of the third quarter tied at 22.

“It gets tough on a night when you are scraping for every bucket,” King said. “The goal was to keep them close.”

The Wildcats’ Logan Swan made his only 3-pointer of the game with 7:30 remaining to give his team a 25-22 lead, but Tanner Mihalko answered with a basket and Jonathan Massing followed with a free throw as the Pirates tied the game at 25.

Andrew Beatman’s third 3-pointer of the night made it 28-25 in favor of Sherman with 5:40 left, but Einink made it a one-point game less than a minute later.

Daniel Meeder pushed the Wildcats’ advantage back up to three with 4:26 remaining, but Beckerink’s second 3-pointer of the night with an even 4:00 showing on the clock tied the game at 30-all.

“He’s been a great leader this year for us,” King said of Beckerink. “In the clutch, he has really stepped up.”

Two possessions later, Beckerink added a baseline jumper to give the Pirates the lead and after Sherman missed a 3-pointer at the other end, Massing gave Clymer an extra possession with an offensive rebound.

“The baseline jumper was just a great take. … He created and finished it,” King said of Beckerink’s shot, adding of Massing’s late rebound, “as close as that game was, any possession could have made the difference.”

Einink made sure that possession counted when he nailed his second 3-pointer of the night to put Sherman away.

“We wouldn’t get the win without it. There were definitely huge contributions off the bench,” King said. ” … Ten points off the bench when you score 35 is a huge lift.”

“We just didn’t have anybody who could find the hoop. That happens,” Emory said. “We played our butts off. Good luck to Clymer.”

NOTES: Beckerink finished with 16 points, five rebounds and two steals; Einink had a career-high 10 points; and Massing had seven rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots for Clymer, which shot 13 of 41, including 5 of 24 from 3-point range, and turned the ball over nine times. … Jacob Ferranto had nine rebounds and Meeder had eight, while Swan had three assists and Meeder had three steals for Sherman, which shot 9 of 36 from the field, including 6 of 24 from 3-point range, and turned the ball over 14 times.

SHERMAN (30)

Pinzok 0 0 0, Thomas 2 0 5, Johnson 0 0 0, DeKoning 0 0 0, Beatman 3 0 9, Chambers 0 0 0, Swan 1 0 3, Meeder 2 4 8, Ferranto 1 2 5. Totals 9 6 30.

CLYMER (35)

Mihalko 2 0 5, Einink 4 0 10, Dunnewold 0 0 0, KBeckerink 6 2 16, Massing 1 2 4, Shampoe 0 0 0, Redlecki 0 0 0, WMitchell 0 0 0. Totals 13 4 35.

3-point goals–Thomas, Beatman 3, Swan, Ferranto, Mihalko, Einink 2, Beckerink 2.

Sherman 5 7 10 8 — 30

Clymer 7 6 9 13 — 35

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