run down the clock

run down the clock

In sports, to protect a lead by using up as much possible time that remains in a game or match without giving the opposing team a chance to score, generally by maintaining a passive or defensive strategy. With just a narrow two-point lead, the home team is trying to run down the clock to hold out for a win. I don't know, Jim, there's a lot of game time left for them to start running down the clock already.
See also: clock, down, run
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Good thing in our last possession, we got the offensive rebound and the players spread out to run down the clock,' said Banal.
CHARLEE ADAMS 6 Came on late for Coulibaly to run down the clock.
Subbed Di HERNANDEZ Cs 7 Club record PS10m striker had a header cleared off line and was denied by a superb save c d SUBSTITUTES Clucas 5 (Snodgrass 82) Helped see out victory Meyler 5 (Hernandez 85) Came on to start party Maguire 5 (Diame 89) Put on to run down the clock Subs not used: Kuciak, Bruce, Maloney, Akpom
I put Chris on to run down the clock because Carter was getting tired.
But it was not meant to be as Macclefield were able to hold out and run down the clock to seal the points.
Enough Republicans had signed on as co-sponsors to guarantee the bill's passage had it reached the floor, and Democrats spent Thursday prolonging debate in an attempt to run down the clock and prevent Bell's legislation from being heard - a practice called "chubbing.
He ran the ball into the corner to run down the clock, showing close control to kick it against defenders, win throwins and frustrate another Villa JG, Crawley boss John Gregory.
Mohawks fought back to within three points, which Jake Butler reduced to one after slicing through the Heat defence, but two turnovers saw Heat run down the clock and hold on for a 29-28 win.
Even on Saturday when asked to run down the clock, he won a series of corners right at the death to kill time, using all his experience.
But Schmeichel wonders if history would have been the same had Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld not elected to replace key men Lothar Matthaus and Mario Basler in an effort to run down the clock.
But they were given another set of six on the Blues line and were able to run down the clock and seal another epic series triumph.
5 points) as Seattle's fourth-down play had come up short and his side could run down the clock at no risk.
He set off in measured fashion, seemingly to run down the clock, but then exploded into action, cutting inside and unleashing a sensational 30-yard right-foot shot past the helpless Ben Chapman.
Leading 11-10, and with Ireland flanker Denis Leamy in the sin-bin, they just needed to collect the restart and run down the clock.
Suddenly Westoe broke free with four converted tries in a blistering 10-minute spell to establish a 38-28 lead Rugby had no answer to, and they were then able to run down the clock.