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Chemeketa loses a close one at home against Clark Penguins

Chemeketa Storm’s shooting struggles caused them to lose a close home game against the Clark Penguins 73–66 on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Players from Chemeketa Storm and Clark Penguins get into position around the center of the court as they get ready for the game to start.
Chemeketa Storm and Clark Penguins prepare for the game before tipoff. Chemeketa ultimately lost to Clark. Photo by Jarret Whitenack

Chemeketa started out strong with a quick five points right after tip-off, followed by two great blocks on Clark players in the paint. Allowing Chemeketa to establish a lead very early on. Clark hit their stride and closed the gap with a three from Sam Scarpelli. The first half went back and forth with the largest lead for Chemeketa being only seven points.

However, once the tumultuous beginning of the game panned out, Clark was able to start to run plays and move the ball to get open shots. Clark with a 52.9 percent shooting from behind the arc to Chemeketa’s 16.7 percent allowed the Penguins to outscore the Storm 36–9. Even with Clark outshooting them from the three they were able to keep ahead by shooting frequently from closer to the basket.

With 2:48 remaining, the score was tied at 60–60. Chemeketa was not in double bonus on fouls, making it a danger for Clark to be overly aggressive. In double bonus, if Clark fouled Chemeketa again, they would be able to take two free throws. At the same time when Clark was in the double bonus, Chemeketa only had three fouls, allowing them some leeway to stop the clock by fouling Clark. With both sides scoring two points the game was still tied with only one minute remaining.

Turner Grimm number 13 on Chemeketa charged a Clark player, causing a crucial turnover allowing Clark to score. Chemeketa also fouled on the shot giving them an extra free throw on top of the basket. This gave Clark a 65–62 lead. On Chemeketa’s possession, they missed a three-pointer allowing Clark to get a defensive rebound causing a foul on Chemeketa. On the inbound after that foul Clark got a break giving them a five-point lead.

The last 30 seconds were prolonged by Chemeketa in an attempt to close the gap. However, once Chemeketa got seven fouls, it allowed Clark’s 66.7 free throw percentage to guide them to a seven-point win.

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