By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Joshua Jirak pounded in 37 points to lead the Center Point-Urbana (CPU) Stormin’ Pointers past the struggling Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Tuesday night on the Clippers’ home hardwood. The Pointers took the late-starting varsity game 65-48, dropping the Clippers to 2-11 as the regular season heads for the home stretch.
Josh Martinac started the Clippers off on the right foot, putting up the first four points of the game and giving CCA a 4-0 lead. The home team led after the first period, 12-9. However, the Pointers took a 13-12 lead with a steal and a lay-up. Kam Kahler sank a pair of charity shots to take back a brief 14-13 lead. Martinac boosted that with a steal and lay-up, but a 3-point bomb at the buzzer by the CPU canines knotted the game 25-all at the half.
Keyan McAreavy sank a 3-pointer for CCA to kick-off the third period, but the Pointers retook the lead and never looked back. Jirak hit a field goal at the quarter-ending buzzer and gave the Pointers a 48-37 advantage. Jaysen Petersen put in a 3-pointer for CCA in the fourth but the Clippers just weren’t able to close the gap.
Martinac led the Clippers with 24 points, Kahler had 9 and Mitch Stopko put in 5. McAreavy and Pedersen had 3 points each while Cody Wagner and Tony Pederson contributed 2 points apiece to the effort.
The Clippers are on the road against the Marion Indians Friday, Jan. 25, and are back home Tuesday, Jan. 29, to face Williamsburg.
In sophomore action, the Pointers won 56-26 while at Center Point the varsity girls fell, 64-46.