Bean there for Dragons when needed
MARTINSBURG — Central sophomore Seth Bean has been making the most of some extra minutes on the court in his past two games.
After scoring 19 points in a loss to Tyrone on Wednesday, Bean led the Scarlet Dragons with 18 points and added eight rebounds and a critical assist in a 54-48 victory over Clearfield on Friday.
“He’s played well,” Central coach Paul Frederick said. “He’s been great. We have a lot of guys playing well, and it helps when we’re getting contributions from everyone. Seth puts a lot of time into his game. He plays almost year round, and it’s paying off for him.”
Bean came off the bench in Central’s opener at Tyrone and scored four points but has started the last two games. He and Lleyton Kling were involved in a key sequence late in the first quarter that allowed the Scarlet Dragons to take control of the game.
With Central up by one point, Kling got an offensive rebound and kicked the ball out to Bean, who drilled a 3-pointer. On the Dragons’ next possession, Bean got an offensive rebound and passed to Kling for a trey, and Central suddenly had a seven-point lead at the end of the quarter.
“Offensive rebounds are killer when you give them up, and they’re great when you can get them,” Frederick said. “Extra possessions against a team like Clearfield gives you a chance to win at the end. You know they are going to make a run. We preach trying to go inside out, because that’s a good way to shoot the 3-pointer.”
Kling and Bean were two of the five Central players that scored at least seven points each.
“It was good to see some balls go through the hoop early,” Kling said. “We’re a very unselfish team. We don’t care who is scoring as long as we’re getting points and playing tough defense. That’s all that matters to us.”
Along with Bean, Central’s Hunter Smith helped the Dragons to a 38-21 advantage on the boards with a team-high nine rebounds.
Still, Central led by just one at the half. The Dragons regained control of the game by allowing only one field goal, a Matt Pallo putback, in a third quarter in which they outscored the Bison, 18-2.
“They missed a couple shots they normally make, but we really communicated well and fought on the defensive end,” Frederick said. “We played defense with our feet and not our hands and had a lot of energy in the third quarter.”
Frederick warned his team the game was not over despite Central holding a 17-point lead going into the final quarter.
He was right.
Clearfield went on an 11-0 run to make it 48-42 using a full-court press, and then Cole Miller answered Central layups with 3-pointers to make it a four-point game with 1:10 left to play. Miller finished with a game-high 23 points.
“Central is a really good team. It’s tough to put pressure on (Eli Lingenfelter), because he’s a really good ball handler,” Clearfield coach Nathan Glunt said. “We just wanted to play solid, physical man-to-man defense, but we got into a situation where we got down too much, so we had to go full court and take some chances.”
Smith missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity at the foul line with 48.4 seconds left, but Clearfield could not convert on the offensive side, and Hunter Klotz made a layup after beating the press to seal the game.
“We scored two points in the third quarter, and they easily could have decided it wasn’t their night,” Glunt said. “I challenged them to cut it to single digits in four minutes, and we played really hard, but you have to give Central credit. They handled the pressure and got that last bucket that really sealed it.”
Clearfield dropped to 6-2 and suffered its first Mountain League loss, and Central won its first game after losing a pair to Tyrone over the first two weeks of the season.
“We’re really happy to win. We have had two tough games against Tyrone, and Clearfield is really good too,” Frederick said. “It’s been a tough way to start the season, but we’re happy to be playing. We played through some adversity, and there were times we handled it well and times we didn’t.”
CLEARFIELD (48): Rumsley 7 3-4 19, Winters 0 0-0 0, Pallo 2 0-0 4, Ryan 1 0-0 2, Miller 9 0-0 23, Gearhart 0 0-0 0, Lezzer 0 0-0 0, Billotte 0 0-0 0, Way 0 0-0 0. Totals — 19 3-4 48.
CENTRAL (54): Kling 3 0-0 8, Lingenfelter 4 0-0 9, Smith 2 0-1 4, Lowery 0 0-0 0, Bean 8 0-0 18, Klotz 2 4-4 8, Boyles 3 1-2 7. Totals — 22 5-7 54.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Clearfield 11 16 2 19 — 48
Central 18 10 18 8 — 54
3-point goals: Clearfield 7 (Miller 5, Rumsley 2); Central 4 (Kling 2, Lingenfelter, Bean).
Records: Clearfield (6-2); Central (1-2).
Officials: Chuck Glasser, Chris Garritano, Frank Garritano
JV: Central, 44-41. High scorers–Seth Bean, Ce., 13; I. Way, Cl., 13.