Clyde fends off scrappy Calvert at ’Berg
For about a half, Calvert gave Clyde all it could handle.
Then with the disadvantage of playing Bellevue last night and it being the Fliers’ first game of the season, Clyde’s all-out pressure defense got to the tired legs of Calvert.
Clyde led 36-33 at the half Saturday, but then had a big 18-6 third period to pull away en route to a 71-57 non-league win at Heidelberg to begin its season.
“Hats off to Calvert. They played Bellevue last night and then turned around and played us tonight on a bigger court than most teams are used to,” Clyde coach Ryan Fretz said. “They are going to win some games. They might have went 0-2 this weekend, but coach (Jon) Otterbacher is doing it good and preparing his guys for the River Division by playing up like this.
“Would I want a million things to be better for our first game? Yes. Do I understand it was the first game? Absolutely. Yes, we brought the pressure on them, which is our style and being three weeks into the season we are still getting our legs. Hopefully by the primetime of the season we can keep up the intensity as much as we need to.”
The pressure got to the Senecas (0-2) early with 10 turnovers in the opening quarter (21 for the game), but the Senecas were hanging in, down 20-12 after the first stop — mainly due to the outstanding first half from Nic Somodi.
Somodi, who a lot of the time in the first half had a big on him on the perimeter, just took them to the basket and finished. He had 18 of his team-high 24 points in the first half, which kept the Senecas in the contest.
“He played really well. We saw he had a bigger guy guarding him, so we isolated him and kind of uncharacteristically we went baseline and told him to just go around him and he was able to get to the basket,” Otterbacher said. “It got him into the flow a little more than it did yesterday. He definitely helped us out a ton by bringing the ball up the floor and attacking the basket.”
The other No. 32 in the game was Clyde’s Derick Harrah, who got off to a somewhat slow start, but ended with a game-high 25 points, including a 13-for-13 effort at the free throw line.
“We knew their best two players would be really good,” Otterbacher said. “Coming out shooting on fire kind of hurt us and I told (Cam Farrar) he wasn’t allowed to make anymore 3s and I don’t think he listened to me very well, but getting to the basket and (Harrah) at the free throw line killed us as well. They play to their strengths and getting those two the ball help them. We just didn’t close out well on Harrah. He would just drive right by us and we had to foul.”
After a 13-6 run to end the half down by three, Somodi started the second half with a jumper. Then Clyde (1-0) went on a 13-0 run behind five points from James Dry, a Farrar triple and buckets by Harrah and Jack Morrison.
Calvert freshman point guard Garrett Spaun stopped the run with a tough layup in the lane, but the Fliers began to pull away. Calvert was only able to get within 12 with a little more than a minute remaining.
“It’s a process and we aren’t expecting them to build Rome in a day, but when you see them do some good things you reward them when they do some good things,” Fretz said of his team. “Will Dowling played a solid game inside for us and we went to him early. Jack Morrison, a guy you don’t see often ahead of the press with his size and length able to do that and he rebounds for us. It’s fun to watch him play. Lozier is a kid you just have to play. He does what he’s supposed to do and he plays within himself out there.”
Farrar ended with 18 points for the Fliers, while Morrison had eight. For the Senecas, Nick Seifert poured in 16 points and Spaun finished with seven.
“We enjoy playing the underdog. We know that bigger teams that we scheduled and we’ll keep scheduling them too because it was a good battle for us,” Otterbacher said. “And I think it was good for them to get a little scared. I think coach Fretz enjoyed the competition today, but I think it was a little closer than he would have wanted it to be. Now we keep battling and get ready for a league opponent next week.”