Mount Vernon boys upset Clear Creek Amana

Mount Vernon boys upset Clear Creek Amana


Mount Vernon boys upset Clear Creek Amana


It took awhile for Clear Creek Amana to get going. When the Clippers finally did get into gear, they made one costly mistake to let it slip away.

Mount Vernon withstood Clear Creek Amana’s third-quarter charge and canned 13-of-14 free throws in the fourth quarter – scoring only one field goal in the period – to register a 60-49 upset of the Clippers in a Class 3A WAMAC matchup on Friday night.

Mount Vernon improved to 12-8 on the season, while the Clippers lost for just the third time in their last 14 games and dropped to 14-6.

Clear Creek Amana trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half but had closed to within five on a bucket by leading scorer and post pillar Drew Wagner. But Wagner drew his third foul on the next possession and compounded the mistake by drawing a technical – his fourth foul – when he slammed the ball to the floor.

“He should know better, especially at that juncture in the game,” said Clear Creek Amana coach Steve Ottoson. “I mean, that’s four free throws and the ball. We worked our butt off all third quarter, and we look up, and we’re right we’re at at halftime.”

Mount Vernon benefited, hitting four consecutive free throws to stretch the lead to nine at the end of three. The Mustangs feasted at the free-throw line after that to keep Clear Creek Amana at bay.

“That was big, yeah, that was,” Ottoson said. “We were having a hard time getting open, to get some shots. We didn’t get very good looks from 3-point range, and we’ve shot pretty well from three this year, and they did a pretty good job of shutting us down. Credit to them.”

Mount Vernon got 10 points from leading scorer Connor Herrmann to lead 32-21 at the half. The Mustangs led by as many as 16 points, at 30-14, before Clear Creek Amana ripped off a 7-0 run to keep within striking distance at the break. Wagner scored only two points in the half, as he was aggressively double teamed every time he touched the ball in the post. He also sat for an extended time after picking up his second foul with 2:44 left in the first quarter.

Clear Creek Amana picked up the pace after halftime, switching to a zone that appeared to befuddle Mount Vernon. A 3-pointer by Jake Neubauer, who scored a team-high 16 points, and two inside buckets by Wagner pulled the Clippers to within five points, at 41-36, with 53 seconds left in the third quarter. But Wagner fouled a driving Ketelsen, and drew a technical when he let his emotions get the better of him.

“He went to bounce it, and it got away and went up in the air, and as soon as that happens, it’s an automatic ‘T,’ ” Ottoson said.

Ketelsen made both free throws from the foul, and Tommy Hook sank the technical shots to push Mount Vernon’s lead to 45-36 as the third quarter closed.

Wagner re-entered the game with about five minutes to go. A three-pointer by Aaron Akers – only his second trey of the season – and two free throws from Wagner, and Clear Creek Amana trailed by only four, 47-43. But Neubauer committed his fifth personal moments later, robbing the Clippers of their best outside threat. Wagner followed him when he was whistled for his fifth foul with 2:03 remaining.

Mount Vernon missed just one free throw in the fourth and finished 21-25 from the stripe for the game.

“Once we get to the foul line – we shoot 73 percent as a team – and that’s really built, that’s been growing,” said Mount Vernon coach Wes Bruns. “We’ve really improved in that area. That’s one of our emphases, get to the foul line. (The players) do a really good job of that, and I couldn’t be more proud of the team.”

Clear Creek Amana (49) – Jake Neubauer 16, Drew Wagner 12, Cal Miller 5, Mitchell Stopko 5, Aaron Akers 3, Keyan McAraeavy 3, Nile Rourke 2, Kahler Green 2, Evan Downes 1.

Mount Vernon (60) – Connor Herrmann 18, Tommy Hook 11, Austin Ash 9, Nolan Teubel 7, Andy Decamp 6, Adam Ketelsen 4, Nick Bevans 3, Joe Corcoran 2.

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3-point field goals – Clear Creek Amana 4-12 (Neubauer 2, Miller 1, Akers 1), Mount Vernon 3-12 (Decamp 1, Teubel 1, Ash 1). Free throws – Clear Creek Amana 8-16, Mount Vernon 21-25. Turnovers – Clear Creek Amana, 9, Mount Vernon, 9. Total fouls – Clear Creek Amana, 21, Mount Vernon, 19. Fouled out – Neubauer, Wagner. Technicals – Wagner.


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