LAFAYETTE -- Max Clark likes scoring and rebounding -- and he certainly does plenty of both -- but often the thing that brings him the most joy on a basketball court is that nice pass that sets up a Peak to Peak teammate for an easy hoop.
As has been the case every game this season, Clark was all-around good Friday night in the Pumas' 70-49 home rout of the Classical Academy.
The 6-foot-5 senior put together his third double-double (points-rebounds) in four games and also regularly fed his teammates for open baskets.
"The thing I'm most happy about is my assists," said Clark, whose 20 points Friday left his season scoring average at 22 per game. "I've had two games with eight assists. Tonight I was moving the ball well, especially in transition. I love finding my teammates because they make me better in the end."
Clark came into the weekend averaging 11.3 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals per contest, and Friday was more of the same.
"I was hoping I'd get that out of him," Peak to Peak coach Tony Peters said. "During the summer it wasn't that way; there was a little more selfishness. But I think he's learned to play with these guys and trust them a little bit more. He's an all-around player, and he's trying to make his teammates better."
On Friday, Clark was joined in double figures scoring by Brian Goedde (15 points), Cos Braswell (11) and Sam Fangman (10).
The victory was the third straight for the Pumas (3-1) after a season-opening loss at Eaton, the sixth-ranked team in the state in Class 3A.
After Friday's game was tied at 17 in the second quarter, Peak to Peak used a 13-0 run in that period and 11 unanswered points in the third quarter to pull away from Classical Academy (0-2).
During both runs, the Pumas' pressure defense proved decisive. For the game, they forced 24 turnovers, while the Classical Academy shot just 36 percent from the field.
"I was proud of the way we responded" after losing the season opener, Clark said. "We've won three in a row and have progressively gotten better each win. Tonight we flew around and dominated defensively.
"We've got a lot of really athletic guys who want to pressure the ball. We've got a tiny court here at Peak to Peak, so we're just trying to pick up the pace on everybody. Eventually we wear them down and get those quick runs."
Peak to Peak, which plays eight games before the Christmas break, resumes its busy schedule with a Tuesday contest at Frontier Academy.
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Peak to Peak 70, Classical Academy 49
At Peak to Peak HS
CLASSICAL ACADEMY (0-2)
Haddad 4 5-9 14, Willis 1 0-1 2, Austin 3 0-0 6, Ball 3 0-0 7, Sutton 4 2-2 10, Dalrymple 2 0-0 4, Troupe 0 0-0 0, Hooten 0 0-0 0, Walker 0 0-0 0, Anderson 2 0-0 4, Shambach 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 7-12 49.
PEAK TO PEAK (3-1)
Peterson 1 0-0 2, Goedde 6 2-2 15, Braswell 3 3-4 11, Clark 9 0-2 20, Fangman 5 0-0 10, Griffith 1 0-0 2, Howard 0 0-1 0, Otey 2 1-2 6, Powers 0 1-2 1, Ward 1 1-2 3. Totals 28 8-15 70.
Score by quarters:
Classical Academy 13 6 15 15 -- 49
Peak to Peak 17 13 19 21 -- 70
3-point field goals -- Classical Academy (2): Ball, Haddad; Peak to Peak (6): Braswell 2, Clark 2, Goedde, Otey. Total fouls -- Classical Academy 13, Peak to Peak 19. Fouled out -- Fangman. Technical fouls -- Classical Academy bench.