Women Split, Men Drop Two to Briercrest

Basketball Action Jan.17, 18, 2020
Basketball Action Jan.17, 18, 2020

In women's action on Friday:

The 6-3 Briercrest Clippers Headed into Alberta and the Snake Pit to take on the 5-5 Medicine Hat College Rattlers. The teams both got off to a hot start scoring on each of their first two trips down the floor. From here the defensive play picked up and both sides went on a scoring drought until a free throw gave Briercrest a 1 point lead as the clock neared the midway point. With the drought broken, the Clippers were able to score on their next trip down the board, only to be once again matched by the Rattlers. The back and forth play continued and the Rattlers battled back to take a 10-9 lead with 3:09 left on the clock. With another single free throw the clippers tied it up at 10 in a very even first quarter. Another basket on each end saw the score climb to 12-12 and the clock read 1:00 left. Briercrest scored with 20 seconds on the clock and took a 14-12 lead into the break.

The second quarter started off with a Clippers miss followed with a Rattler miss on the other end. Neither team could find the basket early with the score remaining static. The first baskets came from a Rattler free throw, followed by a 3 point play from Clipper Angenay Williams. This seemed to open up the floodgates as both teams started to score slightly more efficiently. The Clippers lead 21-17 with 6 minutes left on the scoreboard. A Quick Rattlers basket narrowed the Clippers lead to 2. A Morgan Muir pull up jumper evened the score at 21 before a Rhiannon Ware 3 gave the home side their first lead of the quarter. Able to score on the other end, the Clippers remained within 1. A defensive stop and a quick layup saw the Clippers retake their lead briefly. The Rattlers applied full court pressure and forced a turnover deep in the Briercrest end. The Clippers were able to convert on some tough baskets late and were able to take a small lead heading into the half, 34-32.

The Teams came out of the break with fire in their eyes. Both teams came down the court to score on their first possession of the half. Briercrest came up with another 2 and stopped the Rattlers to extend their lead to 4. The Rattlers answered with a defensive stop on the one end and 2 points of their own. The back and forth game continued to be evenly matched until the Clippers started to pull away. With the Rattlers struggling to score, Briercrest went on a run and opened up a 44-36 lead. Morgan Muir broke the Rattlers drought, raining down on another pull-up jumper. The Clippers went back down and were able to score again to maintain their lead. Williams was the Clippers best player on the court, involved in almost every Briercrest scoring play. The Rattlers Defense was having a hard time stopping the Clippers with the ball in her hand. Briercrest was able to maintain their lead heading into the late stages of the quarter. With 2:27 on the Clock Briercrest lead 52-46 with the intensity of the game ramping up.  The teams continued to battle to the last second of the quarter and at the buzzer the Clippers remained in the lead, up 57-50.

The Fourth quarter started with the Clippers Williams hitting a deep 3 following a Rattlers layup. This extended the lead to 4 in a game where neither team was giving up anything on defense. The Clippers were able to extend their lead to 10 on the back of Williams who was involved in almost every offensive play in some way. With the score 56-66, the Rattlers were able to muscle out a tough basked that forced Briercrest to take a timeout. Briercrest were able to hit a 3 coming out of break from Williams. After yet another Williams 3, the Clippers re-established the 10 point advantage up 72-62 forcing the Rattlers to take a timeout. with less than 5 minutes on the clock there was not a lot of time for the Rattlers to chip away, they would need points quickly to close down the lead. Briercrest's Williams continued to be able to find a way to score or help her teammates score keeping the Rattlers at bay. With the Rattlers down and taking lots of deep 3 pointers, Briercrest was able to extend their lead'. up 82-66 the Clippers coasted and took a 85-68 win

The ACAC Players of the Game were Williams from Briercrest and Rozdeba from MHC

On Saturday:

The 6-3 Briercrest Clippers Headed into Alberta and the Snake Pit to take on the 5-5 Medicine Hat College Rattlers. The teams both got off to a hot start scoring on each of their first two trips down the floor. From here the defensive play picked up and both sides went on a scoring drought until a free throw gave Briercrest a 1 point lead as the clock neared the midway point. With the drought broken, the Clippers were able to score on their next trip down the board, only to be once again matched by the Rattlers. The back and forth play continued and the Rattlers battled back to take a 10-9 lead with 3:09 left on the clock. With another single free throw the clippers tied it up at 10 in a very even first quarter. Another basket on each end saw the score climb to 12-12 and the clock read 1:00 left. Briercrest scored with 20 seconds on the clock and took a 14-12 lead into the break.

The second quarter started off with a Clippers miss followed with a Rattler miss on the other end. Neither team could find the basket early with the score remaining static. The first baskets came from a Rattler free throw, followed by a 3 point play from Clipper Angenay Williams. This seemed to open up the floodgates as both teams started to score slightly more efficiently. The Clippers lead 21-17 with 6 minutes left on the scoreboard. A Quick Rattlers basket narrowed the Clippers lead to 2. A Morgan Muir pull up jumper evened the score at 21 before a Rhiannon Ware 3 gave the home side their first lead of the quarter. Able to score on the other end, the Clippers remained within 1. A defensive stop and a quick layup saw the Clippers retake their lead briefly. The Rattlers applied full court pressure and forced a turnover deep in the Briercrest end. The Clippers were able to convert on some tough baskets late and were able to take a small lead heading into the half, 34-32.

The Teams came out of the break with fire in their eyes. Both teams came down the court to score on their first possession of the half. Briercrest came up with another 2 and stopped the Rattlers to extend their lead to 4. The Rattlers answered with a defensive stop on the one end and 2 points of their own. The back and forth game continued to be evenly matched until the Clippers started to pull away. With the Rattlers struggling to score, Briercrest went on a run and opened up a 44-36 lead. Morgan Muir broke the Rattlers drought, raining down on another pull-up jumper. The Clippers went back down and were able to score again to maintain their lead. Williams was the Clippers best player on the court, involved in almost every Briercrest scoring play. The Rattlers Defense was having a hard time stopping the Clippers with the ball in her hand. Briercrest was able to maintain their lead heading into the late stages of the quarter. With 2:27 on the Clock Briercrest lead 52-46 with the intensity of the game ramping up.  The teams continued to battle to the last second of the quarter and at the buzzer the Clippers remained in the lead, up 57-50.

The Fourth quarter started with the Clippers Williams hitting a deep 3 following a Rattlers layup. This extended the lead to 4 in a game where neither team was giving up anything on defense. The Clippers were able to extend their lead to 10 on the back of Williams who was involved in almost every offensive play in some way. With the score 56-66, the Rattlers were able to muscle out a tough basked that forced Briercrest to take a timeout. Briercrest were able to hit a 3 coming out of break from Williams. After yet another Williams 3, the Clippers re-established the 10 point advantage up 72-62 forcing the Rattlers to take a timeout. with less than 5 minutes on the clock there was not a lot of time for the Rattlers to chip away, they would need points quickly to close down the lead. Briercrest's Williams continued to be able to find a way to score or help her teammates score keeping the Rattlers at bay. With the Rattlers down and taking lots of deep 3 pointers, Briercrest was able to extend their lead'. up 82-66 the Clippers coasted and took a 85-68 win

The ACAC Players of the Game were Williams from Briercrest and Rozdeba from MHC

In men's action Friday:

The 6-3 Briercrest Clippers Headed into Alberta and the Snake Pit to take on the 5-5 Medicine Hat College Rattlers. The teams both got off to a hot start scoring on each of their first two trips down the floor. From here the defensive play picked up and both sides went on a scoring drought until a free throw gave Briercrest a 1 point lead as the clock neared the midway point. With the drought broken, the Clippers were able to score on their next trip down the board, only to be once again matched by the Rattlers. The back and forth play continued and the Rattlers battled back to take a 10-9 lead with 3:09 left on the clock. With another single free throw the clippers tied it up at 10 in a very even first quarter. Another basket on each end saw the score climb to 12-12 and the clock read 1:00 left. Briercrest scored with 20 seconds on the clock and took a 14-12 lead into the break.

The second quarter started off with a Clippers miss followed with a Rattler miss on the other end. Neither team could find the basket early with the score remaining static. The first baskets came from a Rattler free throw, followed by a 3 point play from Clipper Angenay Williams. This seemed to open up the floodgates as both teams started to score slightly more efficiently. The Clippers lead 21-17 with 6 minutes left on the scoreboard. A Quick Rattlers basket narrowed the Clippers lead to 2. A Morgan Muir pull up jumper evened the score at 21 before a Rhiannon Ware 3 gave the home side their first lead of the quarter. Able to score on the other end, the Clippers remained within 1. A defensive stop and a quick layup saw the Clippers retake their lead briefly. The Rattlers applied full court pressure and forced a turnover deep in the Briercrest end. The Clippers were able to convert on some tough baskets late and were able to take a small lead heading into the half, 34-32.

The Teams came out of the break with fire in their eyes. Both teams came down the court to score on their first possession of the half. Briercrest came up with another 2 and stopped the Rattlers to extend their lead to 4. The Rattlers answered with a defensive stop on the one end and 2 points of their own. The back and forth game continued to be evenly matched until the Clippers started to pull away. With the Rattlers struggling to score, Briercrest went on a run and opened up a 44-36 lead. Morgan Muir broke the Rattlers drought, raining down on another pull-up jumper. The Clippers went back down and were able to score again to maintain their lead. Williams was the Clippers best player on the court, involved in almost every Briercrest scoring play. The Rattlers Defense was having a hard time stopping the Clippers with the ball in her hand. Briercrest was able to maintain their lead heading into the late stages of the quarter. With 2:27 on the Clock Briercrest lead 52-46 with the intensity of the game ramping up.  The teams continued to battle to the last second of the quarter and at the buzzer the Clippers remained in the lead, up 57-50.

The Fourth quarter started with the Clippers Williams hitting a deep 3 following a Rattlers layup. This extended the lead to 4 in a game where neither team was giving up anything on defense. The Clippers were able to extend their lead to 10 on the back of Williams who was involved in almost every offensive play in some way. With the score 56-66, the Rattlers were able to muscle out a tough basked that forced Briercrest to take a timeout. Briercrest were able to hit a 3 coming out of break from Williams. After yet another Williams 3, the Clippers re-established the 10 point advantage up 72-62 forcing the Rattlers to take a timeout. with less than 5 minutes on the clock there was not a lot of time for the Rattlers to chip away, they would need points quickly to close down the lead. Briercrest's Williams continued to be able to find a way to score or help her teammates score keeping the Rattlers at bay. With the Rattlers down and taking lots of deep 3 pointers, Briercrest was able to extend their lead'. up 82-66 the Clippers coasted and took a 85-68 win

The ACAC Players of the Game were Williams from Briercrest and Rozdeba from MHC

And on Saturday:

The Briercrest Clippers were in the Snake Pit for the second time in as many days to take on the Medicine Hat College Rattlers. Following a 20 Point loss the night before, the Rattlers looked to change the result and come back to split the weekend. They would need to really find something early as the first quarter from the night before was absolutely dominated by the Clippers. The Game started with a miss on both ends and no points through the first minute of play. The Rattlers opened the scoring with two free throws at the 2 minute mark. the Clippers hit back to back 3's and took a 6-4 lead. the Rattlers tied it at 6 in a very defensive battle. Hitting another 3 the Clippers took a 3 point lead, getting all their points beyond the arc. The Rattlers got a single point hitting on a Technical foul from Nelka Edoa. The Clippers stayed hot from beyond the arc going up 14-7 before the Rattlers could respond. Medicine Hat hit 2 getting to the line but still trailed as the quarter moved into the late stages. They extended late when Riley Seaborn hit 2 3's late and went up 22-13 at the break.

The Rattlers came out hard and scored quickly along with 2 stops on the defensive end. The Rattlers Battled back to get within 4 20-24 before a Kieron Burgess take put them only down my 2. The teams battled in a very even contest through the whole second quarter with both teams coring and missing at an equal rate. The clippers held an advantage mainly due to 3 pointers made. With 2 mintues left in the quarter, the Clippers were up 37-30 when Nelka Edoa kicked a Rattler and was ejected from the game. The Teams traded baskets as the half came to a close, the Rattlers trailed by 5 down 39-34.

The third quarter started with the clippers adding to their lead. up 45-34 they held a decent advantage. They continued to build this advantage as the Rattlers went cold on offence until Zavier Croft got to the line to start the Rattlers back up. This was not enough as the Clippers continued to hold off the Rattlers and were able to answer any Rattler points on their return trip down the court. Medicine Hat needed to get some stops in order to get back into the game. With 3 minutes left in the quarter, the Clippers lead 59-38 and the Rattlers continued to struggle offensively. They fell behind by 26, down 40-66 after failing to find the basket. The quarter ended and the Rattlers still had a huge deficit to overcome.

The fourth quarter started very fast with the Rattler finally finding the basket early in the quarter. They still trailed 50-69 and called a time out in an effort to come back to at least make it a game. The Rattlers chipped away and came back to trail 60-73 before another Clippers 3 broke them out of their slump . they were again able to pull away again when 2 Rattlers fouled out with over 5 minutes remaining in the game. As the clock passed 5 minutes the score read 81-62 clippers. The teams continued to battle with little change in score. The Rattlers made up a small amount of ground down 75-90 with 1:30 left on the clock. the Rattlers played hard right till the final whistle but fell 90-79

The ACAC Players of the game were Kyle Helsloot for BC and Zavier Croft for MHC.