Alex Hardy and his Martin teammates improved to 6-0 with their win over Watervliet. (Photo by Scott Sullivan)

Clippers cruise past Watervliet to stay unbeaten at 6-0

By: 
Jason Wesseldyk

It’s important to maintain perspective in life.
That’s one of the messages second-year Martin boys’ basketball coach Bradley Moelker preached to his team after its game with visiting Watervliet on Thursday, Dec. 20.
“It’s definitely nice going into (Christmas) break at 6-0,” said Moelker, who led the Clippers to the 53-35 victory. “But we also know that these six games are just the start of a long season.”
Cayden Curry came off the bench to pace the Martin offensive charge, scoring a game-best 14 points.
“Cayden’s just continuing to play smart offensive basketball,” Moelker said. “You can tell his dad (former Martin coach David Curry) coached him well growing up because he really understands how the game should be played.”
Curry led a balanced scoring effort for the Clippers that saw eight different players find their way into the scoring column, including four with eight or more points.
Carter Hilton and Clayton Geerlings added nine points each, while Alex Hardy had eight points. Jacob Yowler added five points, Michael Morey and Collin Coburn had three each and Ethan Gillihan chipped in with two.
Morey and Hardy also shined on the defensive end.
“Michael and Alex both played well on defense and offense,” Moelker said. “They each had a handful of steals and assists as well.”
Martin held a scoring edge over Watervliet in each of the four quarters. And in no quarter was that advantage greater than in the second stanza.
That’s when the Clippers outscored the Panthers 17-10 to turn an 11-7 lead after one quarter into a 28-17 lead at halftime.
“Tonight we used our experience to take advantage of a rebuilding team,” Moelker said. “Watervliet lost a lot of talent last year, so they have some players getting their first real playing time on varsity.”
Despite the double-digit lead, Moelker thought there was room for improvement on the offensive end and shared that with the Clippers during the intermission.
“They really played patient against our defense and forced us to make some adjustments coming out of half,” Moelker said. “I thought our guys responded well.”
Martin extended its lead to 40-24 at the end of the third quarter before outscoring Watervliet 13-11 in the final frame to secure the 18-point win.
While pleased with the results his team has garnered thus far, Moelker believes the Clippers are capable of even more.
“Although we are 6-0, we realize we have a lot to work on in order to become a great team,” he said. “We just have to keep working and growing as a team. The guys understand this and are definitely not satisfied with where we are yet.”
 

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