Offensive explosion propels Golden Eagle men’s basketball over Penn State Dubois

Clarion men’s basketball team resembled that of the old-school arcade game “NBA Jam” because they were in “On Fire” mode all game.
Clarion, who had 12 players score, six of which reached double figures, unveiled their up-tempo offense.
Clarion shellacked Penn State-Dubois 121-64 Saturday afternoon, Nov. 16 at Tippin Gym.
“We were really balanced offensively… I liked that about [the] game,” said Clarion’s 26 year Head Coach Ron Righter.
The Golden Eagles’ defensive prowess was the story of the afternoon.
Clarion forced 30 turnovers and had 27 steals and scored 37 points off those turnovers.
Clarion ran out to a 12-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game and led 33-8 just eight minutes into the game.
The Golden Eagles built the lead up in the first half to as many as 47 points to take a commanding 72-25 at the half.
In the second half, the lead reached to as many as 63 points twice.
The Golden Eagles were led by senior forward Mike Kromka.
Kromka filled the statistics sheet with a stellar performance as he poured in 17 points, had three assists, blocked four shots, stole the ball three times and pulled down a career-high 20 rebounds in just 24 minutes of game action.
Fellow junior forward Darius Stevens chipped in with 13 points, five rebounds and two steals.
Leading all scorers in the game was junior guard DeMarius Miller with 22 points on 10 of 15 shooting.
Miller also added three assists and three steals in just 19 minutes of play.
Junior point guard Marques Jones added 18 points, four steals and three assists.
Senior Corey Bellovich, who registered his first career double-double had 13 points and 10 rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Freshman BJ Andrews rounded out Clarion’s potent attack with 13 points, five assists and three steals.
Junior guard Jeremy Schmader, who is Jones back up, came off the bench and got late minutes filled in with five steals, two blocked shots, and two assists.
Schmader spoke on the team’s play after the game.
“We shared the ball and took great shots. We know we’re capable of being a better team and we expect to improve as the season continues.”
The 121 points scored by the Golden Eagles goes down as the second most points ever scored by a Clarion men’s basketball team in a single game.
With the victory, Righter is now two coaching victories away from reaching the 400 win plateau.
The Golden Eagles’ next contest at Tippen gym will be Nov. 23 against Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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