By Don DiFrancesco
Clearview 22 14 15 11 = 62
Fairview (home) 21 21 17 23 = 82
According to the banner hanging from the rafters in the Fairview gym, the last time the Warriors won a boys basketball conference championship was way back in 1962. If they continue to play as they did on Friday night, there may soon be a new entry on that banner.
Using a combination of good shooting and precision passing, Fairview defeated previously unbeaten Clearview in a Patriot Athletic Conference game by a score of 82-62.
The first quarter was evenly played with Clearview holding a 22-21 lead. But Fairview went on an 11-2 run to start period number two and never trailed the rest of the way. Sophomore Ethan McQuate and junior Martin Lowry each hit four baskets and they combined for 23 first-half points as the Warriors grabbed a 42-36 halftime advantage.
In the third quarter, Fairview junior Luke Howes heated up, scoring 8 points before drawing his fourth foul midway through the period. With Howes on the bench, Clearview rallied to outscore the Warriors 8-2 in the last three minutes of the quarter and trailed 59-51 after three.
But it was all Fairview in the final 8:00. The Warriors sank 11 of their 15 shots in the quarter and won going away. The final margin of 20 was the largest of the game. Howes returned to the contest to score 6 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth period.
Howes, Lowry, McQuate, and junior Noah Mesaros each scored in double figures for Fairview (7-1, 5-1 PAC). Clearview was led by senior guard Javon Todd with 21 points.
The Clippers (6-1, 5-1 PAC) connected on only 33% of their field goals attempted, going 22 of 67. Fairview was successful on 33 of their 63 shots for 52%.
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