Lions stretch win streak

   The Clear Lake boys pushed their win streak to four games last week, but couldn’t keep up with league leader and number four ranked Iowa Falls-Alden.  A pair of victories put the Lions at 7-8 overall; they are 7-6 in the North Central

Conference.    The Lions traveled to Hampton on Tuesday and will return home Friday, Feb. 3, to face another of the NCC leaders, St. Ed’s (11-5, 10-4).
CL 56, Garrigan 55
    The Lions played from behind most of the night, but finished strong for an exciting 56-55 win over Bishop Garrigan (8-7) Tuesday, Jan. 24.
    “This was a good win for us against a quality team.  They shoot the ball extremely well, so I was happy to only give up 55,” said Coach Kevin Kahler.   We were down 48-42 with 4:30 to go, but the kids kept battling and really executed during the last four minutes.”
    Senior Chase Crosby led the late Lion charge, scoring six of his 15 points in the final frame.  He sunk two free throws with 4.9 seconds remaining to put the Lions ahead, 56-53.
    Clear Lake fouled Garrigan’s Austin Vaske with a second to play. Vaske, who led the Golden Bears with 20 points, made the first free throw.  He attempted to miss the second one, but it also fell, making the score 56-55 and giving the Lions back the ball for the final second and the win.
    The Lions trailed by just four points at the half, 28-24, but outscored Garrigan 17-12 in the third quarter for a lead.  The two teams played even in the final period.
    Ozzie Adams led the Lions in scoring with 17 points.  Tanner Tusha joined Crosby in double figures with 10 points.  Spencer Davidson contributed six points and was among the leaders in rebounds with seven.  Pete Swenson came off the bench to lead the team on the boards with nine.  He also had three points.  Gavin Sheakley and Bryson Hamilton each finished with two points, while Luke Schiller had one.

CL 56, C-G 38    
    The Lions manhandled Clarion-Goldfield to earn a 56-38 road win Friday, Jan. 27.
    “Any road win in this conference is a good one.  We didn’t execute as well offensively as I would have liked, but I’m happy with the win,” said Coach Kahler.  “We’re making progress and I feel like we’re headed in the right direction.  Hopefully we can continue to build as the tournament approaches.”
    The Lions opened the game strong, rushing out to a 19-12 first quarter lead.  The Cowboys re-grouped for a 7-7 second quarter score, but Clear Lake again dominated in the third, 17-9 to take a 43-28 lead into the fourth quarter.
    Ozzie Adams was again the high scorer with 16 points. He also dished out eight assists and had four steals.  Bryson Hamilton finished with 10 points on 5/6 shooting from the field.  He also pulled down six rebounds.  Chase Crosby came off the bench to also score 10 points and lead the team with 10 - Read More Via e-Edition

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