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Clipper boys fall to Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings

Mitch Stopko looks for a fellow Clipper in second-half action at home Tuesday night against Vinton-Shellsburg. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers fell to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the WaMaC Tuesday night after the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings came to town, sacking and looting for an 83-57 win.
A Tony Pederson 3-pointer gave CCA a 10-9 lead in the first period, the only Clipper lead of the night. The Vikings took the quarter 17-10 and never looked back as the Clippers struggled to maintain possession of the ball.
A salvo of 3-pointers by Mitch Stopko, Konrad Moore and Kam Kahler in the second period helped the Clipper cause, but the home team still lagged behind 38-21 at the half.
Stopko picked up his second 3-pointer of the game in the third to bring CCA to a 46-28 deficit and a short run with points from Kahler and Josh Martinac kept the squad in the game, but the Vikings still held the high ground 65-43 after three quarters of play. The Vikings nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, ending the period and adding insult to injury for CCA.
Vinton-Shellsburg opened the final period with another 3-bomb to further demoralize the Clippers, but Steve Ottoson’s crew continued to fight. Jacob Klingeman answered the Vikings with a 3-pointer of his own to make it a 68-48 ballgame. The Clippers, out-scored in all four periods, put up 14 points in the quarter but just couldn’t close the gap.
Josh Martinac led the Clippers with 21 points, Kam Kahler had 11 including one 3-pointer, Pederson had 8 points with a 3-bomb included while Stopko and Moore put in 6 points each. Moore had one 3-pointer, Stopko sank two. Klingeman had 3 points on the night and Jayson Pedersen added 2 for the Clippers.
In the sophomore game, CCA’s Drew Wagner led everybody with a 30-point effort. The sophs picked up a 45-25 win.
The Clippers are in Van Horne Friday, Dec. 14, kicking off a road campaign through the end of the year. On Tuesday, Dec. 18, the Clippers are at Waterloo Columbus, then it’s off to Wellman to face Mid-Prairie on Friday, Dec. 21.