SHERMAN, N.Y. — After taking a 28-13 halftime lead over rival Sherman, Clymer's boys basketball team appeared like it would cruise to its fifth straight win in Monday's Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Division 2 West contest.
But that was hardly the case.
In the end, the Pirates hung for a 45-43 victory to move to 5-0 on the season.
"We played tough man-to-man defense all night. The first half we rebounded and gave them just one attempts each trip," claimed coach Irv King. "In the third quarter we defended pretty well but got hurt on the offensive glass. They had quite a few second-chance points.
"Bishop Kopta knocked down a couple of clutch 3-pointers early in the fourth to keep us in the lead," he noted. "Sherman had a 3-point shot bounce off the rim in the last five seconds that would have given them the lead. It's great to leave Sherman with a win."
Kopta led the scoring with 12 points to go with five rebounds. Austin White hit four 3-pointers and also had five boards.
Hunter Wassink was held to nine points but came up with five assists and four rebounds. Weston Hepler and Micah Willink also had four boards.
Clymer won big in the JV game, 65-11. Kaden Beckerink netted 10 points while Trent Shampoe and Weston Mitchell each had eight points.
CLYMER (45): Bi Kopta 4 1-3 12, Wassink 4 1-2 9, A.White 4 0-1 12, Hepler 1 1-4 3, M.White 0 0-0 0, O.White 2 0-0 5, Willink 2 0-0 4. Totals 17 3-10 45.
Clymer 11 17 9 8 — 45
Sherman 7 6 2 8 — 43
3-pts: Kopta 3, A.White 4, O.White.