Sebring marches past Crestview

SEBRING–Sebring got back on track with a 52-43 win over Crestview on Saturday in the Sebring Holiday Hoops Classic consolation game.

“It was a bounce back performance,” Sebring coach Brian Clark said. “Our four losses this season have been close games to good teams.”

Canton Heritage had came away with a close win over the Trojans in the tournament opener on Friday.

“We are knocking on the door of taking better teams down and I’m just going to keep asking my players to work hard in practice to improve their skills so we can win those close games,” Clark said.

Crestview trailed 21-17 late in the second quarter before Sebring closed the half with a six point run.

“We aren’t executing that well on offense,” Crestview coach Jeff Wilson said. “Our lack of experience shows sometimes but with time it will come. Two of our top guys are on vacation and did not play tonight (Yanssens and McGoogan).”

Crestview’s lone senior Scotty Murray led the Rebels with 19 points.

“Scotty had a good two nights,” Wilson said. “That’s the kind of leadership we expected from him this season.”

Jude Riffle contributed 12 points for the Rebels.

“This team has been coming together,” Wilson said. “Sebring’s a pretty good team with a good coach but a nine point loss isn’t anything to be mad about. If we don’t give up that spurt at the end of the first half it could have been a different game.”

Sebring was led by Joey Clark with 17 points.

“This team has been getting better with playing experience,” Brian Clark said. “We are going to contine to push forward and remain positive. We need to realize that in our losses we have played well in spurts even in the games we lost. We have some exciting basketball coming forward in 2018.”

Also for Sebring, Jake Hunter had 10 points and Gabe Lanzer had eight points.

Sebring is now 5-4 on the season and will travel to McDonald on Friday.

Crestview falls to 2-7 on the season and will host Lowellville on Tuesday.

“Sebring is a basketball town and we want people to think of it that way,” Brian Clark said. “Thanks to all the sponsors for making this a great tournament.”


• Southern’s Jacob Joiner was named tournament MVP. The Holiday Hoops all-tournament team consisted of Crestview’s Scott Murray, Sebring’s Jake Hunter, Heritage Christian’s Angelo Millini, Evan Caldwell and Southern’s Max Hart.

• In the championship game Southern beat Heritage Christian 87-54.

CRESTVIEW: 6-17-10-16–43

SEBRING: 12-15-9-16–52

CRESTVIEW SCORING: Jude Riffle 5-0-12, Scott Murray 7-5-19, Drake Golden 2-0-4, Donnie Wycoff 0-0-0, Isaac Flasco 1-0-2, James Fitzgerald 1-2-4. TEAM TOTALS: 16, 7-10: 43.

SEBRING SCORING: Jake Hunter 4-2-10, Joey Clark 6-1-17, Collin Baia 3-0-6, Wes Latham 1-0-2, Zane Peterson 3-0-7, Gabe Lanzer 4-0-8, Trent Richey 0-0-0, Nick Weingart 0-2-2. TEAM TOTALS: 21, 5-12: 52.

Three-point goals- Crestview 2 (Riffle 2), Sebring 5 (Clark 4, Peterson).