CLINTON — The Clinton Maroons boys’ basketball team has fought through many trials this season from the loss of several key players to graduation to a swing in the toughness of the conference overall.
Overall the team finished the season at 11-20 and 3-4 in conference play. The team was only 7 points away from second place in the conference.
The biggest highlights of the final run by the team was the Senior Night game with the Meridian Hawks and their Regional game against Springfield Lanphier.
On Senior Night the Maroons, at 9-18, faced a tough Meridian team that was 20-10. This would pose a strong possibility of a loss to most teams, but not the Maroons.
All five seniors contributed to this win with the rest of the team coming from the bench to assist also played a major role in the win.
Matthew Overton had a team/game high 28 points followed by Jared Jording and Cal Case with 10 points each. Jake Torbert (7 points) and Ben Nelson (6 points) rounded out the Maroon scoring. Overton had four 3-point buckets while Cal Case added two more. When speaking of the games Coach Haurburg stated, “Our best effort and performance of the year, hands down”. He finalized his remarks with,”This is a great win for our seniors and our team”.
In the final game of the season, the home town Maroons were pitted against the Springfield Lanphier Lions (16-15).
The Maroons held tough through the first two quarters trailing by only three points at the end of each stanza. The Lions, however, made a tactical change at the half and outscored the Maroons 27-16 in the third quarter to cause the most damage.
The Maroons held a three-point deficit in the final quarter to lose 70-53.
Coach Haurburg expressed his pride in the team and their efforts in the game.
“The standard of effort and intensity has been raised a little higher at CHS by this group of kids, especially our seniors who will be missed next season,” Haurberg said. “We definitely have something to build on going into 2019-2020.” G