Fliers shoot lights out in rout of Columbian
CLYDE — Columbian’s young team took a step forward Friday night on the road at Sandusky Bay Conference Lake Division rival Clyde.
Despite being down 14-3 early in the contest, Columbian stepped up and battled with the Fliers. Freshman Bryce Burns and sophomore LJ Reaves combined to score 35 points for TC, but in the end, Clyde was simply better.
The Fliers put on a 3-point shooting display, going 13 of 24 from deep, including a 6-of-9 effort from Cam Farrar, who poured in 18 of his game-high 24 points in the first half to lead Clyde to a 75-54 victory.
“We have a lot of offensive weapons on this team and the four seniors can shoot the ball,” Clyde coach Ryan Fretz said. “We learned that at Ashland where we hit 14 3s and we lost the game by two. Ever since that game we’ve been preaching defense.
“We know we can score. We know we have the offensive weapons, but we wanted to stress defense tonight. Hats off to Tiffin for attacking us. Looking over the top of the press … Bryce Burns played his rear end off tonight. Hitting a couple shots with some pump fakes and from the outside … I thought Columbian had an answer for almost every defense we threw at them. Our No. 1 goal was to pressure them from the start and apparently let it fly on offense.”
The full-court press got to TC (1-9, 0-5 SBC) early on as Clyde (6-4, 4-1) sprinted out to a 14-3 advantage just three minutes into the contest. Brock Newsome and Farrar drained consecutive triples in the scoring run.
Columbian coach Travis Kinn called two timeouts to try to settle his team down, which did work. TC outscored the Fliers 10-7 to end the quarter. Reaves hit a trey and Chase Frankhauser hit a 3 right before the buzzer.
Burns had nine of his 18 points in the second quarter for the Tornadoes, but Farrar matched him shot for shot. Farrar drained two of his six 3s on the night in the last minute of the half to give the Fliers a 41-27 lead at the half.
“Minus those first three minutes I thought our guys did an excellent job. It’s not the start you want, given it’s at Clyde and against an experienced team like they have, but a lot of credit to our guys for responding. Especially after that second timeout I took. The game could have gone two ways from there and our guys chose to fight their tails off.
“Clyde shot 13 of 24 from 3. Seemed like every time we’d get (the score) to nine, 10 or 11, they’d have an answer and knock it back up to 15 or 17 right away. (Farrar) did a great job tonight. Had 18 in the first half, including four 3s, which is on the scouting report, but he just gets his shot off so quick. He quite frankly killed us. He’s a kid you can tell puts in a lot of work and is invested and he played really well.”
Fretz added on Farrar: “He has a green light as soon as he steps on the floor. He knows that and our team knows that. I love the way he’s shooting the ball right now. He works on his shot. I think he’s in the top two in the league in 3 percentage. We work a lot on shooting in practice and it definitely paid off tonight, no doubt.”
Columbian got within 46-35 halfway through the third quarter, but James Dry and Newsome swished consecutive treys to push the lead back up again for the Fliers. That’s how it was all night for the Tornadoes trying to get back in the game. They could never get within reach.
“We’ve had Sandusky down, we had Ashland down, we had Bellevue down and you get to that double-digit mark and you want to stick the nail in and put them away,” Fretz said. “We’ve struggled with that with those teams. Tonight, for us to turn up the defensive pressure it started with that and then to knock down some shots, it was nice to finally get over the top there in the fourth.”
Reaves put in a layup to begin the fourth period, but Clyde responded with a 16-6 run top put the game away.
Harrah had 14 points for the Fliers, while Newsome and Will Dowling each added 11 and James Dry finished with eight. Reaves dropped in 17 points for TC. It also got seven points from Cole Zimmerman.
“Bryce did a really good job playing in that second quarter, especially with nine of our 14 points in that quarter,” Kinn said. “As I’ve said before, he’s showed that he belongs. He’s learned a lot and he’ll continue to learn. Obviously, we need to sharpen some things up and be a little more disciplined in areas, but he did a really good job tonight. I thought all our guys played well tonight.”