CLEAR LAKE – Clear Lake boys basketball coach Jeremey Ainley said prior to the Lions' game against Webster City on Monday that the Lynx would be a good test for the undefeated Lions.
Little did he know at the time how accurate that statement would be.
Clear Lake was looking at absorbing its first loss of the season after Webster City took a seven-point lead midway through the fourth quarter, but the Lions roared back and pulled out an improbable 52-51 win when Carson Toebe netted a short jumper with less than a second remaining.
“I told them to keep fighting and find a way,” Ainley said. “It was good to see that the guys did not panic.”
Prior to Monday, Clear Lake had only two games that ended with a single-digit margin of victory, and one of those was a nine-point win over the Lynx on Dec. 11.
This game, though, had a different feel for the Lions as Webster City jumped out to a 6-0 lead early.
Clear Lake fought back to take a 27-21 lead at intermission, but the Lions struggled mightily from the floor in a third quarter that saw the Lynx outscore the Lions 19-8.
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A three-point play by Henry Hoversten put the Lynx up by seven before the Lions recovered.
Drew Enke pulled the Lions within four on a three-point play of his own, and then, after an Andrew Formanek basket, Enke added a 3-pointer to put Clear Lake up 48-47.
The Lynx scored four in a row to take a three-point lead before an Enke drive pulled Clear Lake back within one with less than 10 seconds remaining.
After a missed free throw, Enke drove the length of the floor but missed a heavily-contested layup before Toebe, a freshman, dug the ball out of the pile and dropped an eight-foot jumper at the buzzer.
Enke finished with 20 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Lions.
Toebe added 12.
Clear Lake (14-0) returns to the court Thursday when it entertains Crestwood in nonconference action.