Clyde clips Columbian

CLYDE – A strong finish to the first half gave Columbian a lead and momentum against Clyde.

A disastrous third quarter erased both, and all but eliminated the Tornadoes’ chances of a win.

The Fliers got 18 points and seven rebounds from Derek Gray, and picked up a 56-41 win.

The Tornadoes were done in by a third quarter in which they went 0 for 9 from the floor – they went 9:50 of game time without a basket – and scored only two points, thanks to a pair of Josh Flint free throws.

The Fliers scored 14 points in the stretch, and went from trailing by one to being up 39-28 at the end of the quarter.

“Third quarter was totally the difference in the game, and that’s what we just talked about,” said TC coach Bill Beaston after his team slipped to 5-5. “I think, easily, we left 12 points out there offensively, just with point-blank missed shots and missed free throws.”

Clyde coach Ryan Carter said his team picked up its D.

“We went to a little more zone in that third quarter,” Carter said. “They started making some jump shots (earlier) and I thought we did a nice job of limiting them to one rebound. And against a team like that, that definitely has a size advantage on you, you have to make sure you control the glass.”

Clyde finished the game with a 38-30 rebounding edge. Eric Wiseman led everybody with 11 boards to go with 11 points.

Columbian had started slowly, but clawed back late in the first half. It did this despite Derek Dryfuse spending much of the first 16 minutes on the bench after picking up two early fouls. Isiah Moore, who had eight first half points, led the Tornadoes back from a 23-15 second quarter deficit, pacing an 11-2 run to close out the half.

Columbian went into halftime up 26-25.

Carter blamed much of the TC run on Clyde miscues. After a flawless first quarter, the Fliers turned the ball over six times in the second.

“We turned it over in that second quarter, and allowed them to close the gap and take the lead on us,” Carter said. “It was careless. I don’t think it was so much them forcing us to turn it over, it was us just turning it over. We got a little bit of that shored up, cut down on our turnovers in the second half.”

Columbian was led on offense by a trio of players – Alec Demith, Flint and Donovan Walker – who each had nine points. Moore had eight, all in the first half, and led the squad with seven boards.

Dryfuse, limited by foul trouble, scored two. The team also is without the injured Cody Daniel, another one of its bigs.

“No excuses,” Beaston said. “We’ve got to play with the eight guys that we have, and if guys get in foul trouble, then other guys have to step up. That’s gonna be our theme going forward.”

Collin Gregory was Clyde’s most efficient player Monday night, scoring 10 points on 4 of 4 shooting from the floor. Gray, who was 9 of 9 from the stripe, also finished with five assists.

“(Gray’s) been good for me for four years,” said Carter, who also coaches Gray in football, where the latter is a standout receiver. “I don’t play many freshmen, but he played for me as a freshman. He’s started the last three years and really done some good things.”

Clyde improved to 7-2.