DII Boys: Bengals dominate River for district title|
It didn’t take long for Rocky River to realize it had a major problem on its hands.
Benedictine, the top-seeded team in the Westlake Division II district tournament, took control early and rolled to a 57-24 win over the No. 2 Pirates in the district title game Saturday night. The loss ended River’s season at 15-8 and sent the Bengals to the Sweet 16.
“They pressured us well,” said Pirates head coach Michael Murray, whose team committed 21 turnovers and made just 10 baskets...
DII boys: Pirates stop Bay, aim to tame Bengals|
With both teams playing intense defense, Thursday’s Division II district semifinal between Bay and Rocky River seemed to have the makings of an instant classic.
But just like the previous two meetings this season, the Pirates’ offense provided fans with a rerun.
Despite getting held to just two points in the second quarter, Rocky River maintained its early lead and ran away in the third quarter for a 50-34 win over the Rockets. The defending champions used a 16-7 third quarter to advance to Saturday night’s title game with top-seeded Benedictine...
DI Boys: Radjen, Bees end Demons' district hopes|
When Shawn Hood looks back at Westlake’s 46-41 district semifinal loss to Brecksville, he’ll more than likely blame it on these three things:
Too many missed free throws.
Too many missed shots in the fourth quarter.
Way too much Danilo Radjen.
Radjen, held in check by the Demons through the first three quarters, scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and helped the Bees rally for the win in front of a vocal crowd at Midview. The loss ended Westlake’s season at 19-3 and sent 18-4 Brecksville to Saturday night’s Division I district...
DI Girls: Fourth quarter drought dooms Magnificat|
The first six minutes of the fourth quarter probably seemed like six hours of total frustration to the Magnificat basketball team.
After scoring six unanswered points to take a 36-33 lead, the Blue Streaks had a massive power outage offensively to start the final quarter. Wadsworth took advantage, going on a 15-0 run on its way to a 54-42 win in a Division I regional semifinal Tuesday night at Strongsville.
“We had worked so hard to get that lead,” said Magnificat head coach Meghann Hubach, whose team misfired on its first 12 shot attempts of the fourth quarter. “Our first half was good. They ended on a run, but we always know...
DII Boys: Bay, River to meet in district semifinals|
Tipoff Thursday night at the Westlake High School gym will have a distinctive West Shore Conference feel.
Longtime rivals Bay and Rocky River will meet for the third time this season, this time in a boys Division II district semifinal game at 7 p.m. The winner will move on to the district championship game Saturday night and play for a spot in the state’s Sweet 16.
Last Saturday, both teams dominated their opponents to win sectional tournament titles.
Bay, despite not having Bryan Lowrie, jumped all over third-seeded Brookside early and rolled to a 64-35 win. In the nightcap, the defending district champion Pirates built a 15-point halftime lead and eliminated Padua, 59-48.
The Rockets took the court without Lowrie, who suffered a concussion during their tournament opener...
DI Boys: The Rematch is set, Demons to face Bees|
Ever since a 53-37 beating at the hands of Brecksville last month, the Westlake boys basketball team had hopes of getting another shot at the Bees come tournament season. The top-seeded Demons will get their wish Wednesday night when they take on No. 2 Brecksville in a Division I district semifinal at Midview High School.
The matchup came to fruition last Friday night after a pair of sectional championship games.
Brecksville shot 56 percent from the 3-point line and took out Strongsville, 62-41, in the first game of the doubleheader. Then Westlake took the court and held Amherst to nine first-half points...
DI Girls: Magnificat tops Westlake for district title|
It had been 10 years since the Magnificat basketball program had won a district championship. The last time was back in 2002, and the Blue Streaks made it all the way to state final four that season.
In their efforts to get back to the Sweet 16, the third time proved to be the charm for the Streaks.
Magnificat broke open a close game with a 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter and defeated Westlake, 64-53, for a Division I district championship Saturday at Elyria Catholic. The Blue Streaks advanced to the Norwalk regional tournament and will take on Wadsworth Tuesday night at Strongsville High School.
The past two seasons, Magnificat had been stopped short of a Parma district title by Midpark. The move out to the new Elyria district brought a new challenge...
DII Girls: Defense powers Pirates on to Sweet 16|
Throughout the regular season and into tournament play, Rocky River head coach Mike Sislowski dropped some not-so-subtle hints about the importance of his team’s defense.
If folks weren’t catching the clues, Saturday’s district championship game with Keystone provided everybody with an eye-opening revelation.
The Pirates, bound and determined to return to the Sweet 16, suffocated the top-seeded Wildcats with a defensive performance for the ages. They held Keystone to seven baskets for the game, leaving Elyria High...
DII Girls: River tops Bay, to face Keystone in final|
The Rocky River girls basketball team is on a mission.
The Pirates completed another stage of that mission Thursday night at Elyria High. Behind a dominating defense and a strong performance from Ciara Kessler, they manhandled Bay, 44-19, to advance to Saturday’s Division II district championship game.
At 1 p.m. that day, they’ll take on defending Elyria district champion Keystone, which needed two overtimes to defeat Holy Name, 44-42, in Thursday night’s second game. The winner will move on to the Sweet 16 and a regional semifinal in Barberton next Tuesday at 6:15 p.m.
One year ago, the Pirates...
DI Girls: Magnificat tops Shoregals, Demons await|
In their first two games of the Division I tournament, the Avon Lake Shoregals had rallied to pull off narrow wins against Elyria and Avon.
Facing top-seeded Magnificat proved to be another story.
The Blue Streaks jumped out to an 11-0 lead and never looked back on their way to a convincing 64-30 win over the Shoregals Wednesday night in a district semifinal game at Elyria Catholic.
“Magnificat is a good team. We came out and played a little bit better in the second half, but we just didn’t handle the ball well,” said Avon Lake head coach Dave Zvara, as his team turned the ball over 29 times...
DI Girls: Big fourth quarter puts Demons in finals|
Ever since the tournament brackets were announced, girls basketball fans were anticipating a potential matchup between Westlake and Lorain.
Wednesday night at Elyria Catholic, those fans got their wish as the second-seeded Demons took on the third-seeded Titans in a Division I district semifinal. And for the better part of three quarters, the game lived up to all the hype and expectations.
But as the fourth quarter began, it soon became evident this was going to be the Demons’ night. Westlake dominated the game...
Video: Shoremen shut down Eagles, grab OT win|
Avon Lake shut down Avon’s 3-point shooting and used a 12-2 run in overtime to take down the Eagles, 55-45, Tuesday night in the boys Division I sectional basketball tournament at Midview.
Senior Claude Gray of Avon had a monster game, scoring 27 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. But it wasn’t enough to offset the scoring duo of Avon Lake’s Eric Stuczynski and Brandon Murway, who combined for 39 points with 19 and 20, respectively.
Defense was also key for the Shoremen as they shutout Avon’s vaunted 3-point attack. The Eagles did rally to tie the game late in the fourth quarter and force the extra period, but could not sustain the rally from there.
With the win, the Shoremen moved over the .500 mark at 11-10 and advanced...
Westlake's SWC share is one for the record books|
When the final buzzer sounded last Friday night, there was plenty of smiles to go around in the Westlake gymnasium.
A little bit of history was made as well.
The Demons had just gained a hard-fought win over Olmsted Falls, 69-63, to win a share of the Southwestern Conference boys basketball championship. For Westlake, 18-2 overall and 12-2 in the league, it was the second hoops title in four years and...
Video: Loss in OT brings Eagles' season to an end|
Despite a strong fourth-quarter rally, the 2011-12 season came to an end for North Olmsted.
Strongsville, thanks in part to 11 3-pointers on the night, defeated the Eagles, 62-58, in overtime Monday night in the opening game of the Division I boys sectional/district tournament at Midview. With the loss, North Olmsted finished its season at 8-13.
The Mustangs hit a pair of treys early and took a 21-16 first quarter lead. After three quarters, they held a 42-34 advantage and led by as many as 10 points in the fourth. But the Eagles dug down defensively and rallied to take the lead, 50-49, with 2:22 left in regulation.
North Olmsted, however, failed to convert on three straight defensive stops. Strongsville split...
DI Girls: 3-point barrage helps Streaks top Eagles|
For at least one day, Magnificat’s nickname should have been changed from Blue Streaks to Blue Bombers.
No team would agree more than North Olmsted.
The top-seeded Blue Streaks hit the Eagles with a barrage of 3-pointers to build an early lead and cruise to a 59-26 win Saturday afternoon in a Division I sectional tournament final at the Elyria Catholic Coliseum. Magnificat hit nine treys in the game, with four of them coming in the first quarter.
Magnificat, now 17-4, advances to this week’s district semifinals. The Blue Streaks will take on Avon Lake, a 51-49 winner over fourth-seeded Avon...
DI Girls: LeDuc, Shoregals do it again, stun Eagles|
With the score tied at 49 and less than 14 seconds left in regulation, Avon Lake’s Lacy LeDuc took the ball in the backcourt and quickly made her way up the floor.
As the clock ticked down, just about everybody in the Elyria Catholic Coliseum was on the edge of their seats.
Weaving her way through the Avon defense as if it were an obstacle course, LeDuc made her way to the basket. The senior kissed the ball off the glass and got the shot to fall with five ticks left, giving Avon Lake...
Demons fight off Falls, claim share of SWC crown|
With no less than a share of the Southwestern Conference championship on the line, Westlake found itself in a precarious situation.
Visiting Olmsted Falls, which for years had been the flagship boys basketball program in the league, was embracing its new role as the spoiler. The Bulldogs had come to play and sent that message early by running out to a 23-11 first quarter lead.
The Demons, in front of a packed house, were able to right themselves and tie the game by halftime. And in a second half flurry of fast breaks, steals and rugged play under the boards, Westlake emerged victorious, 69-63, to claim its share of the SWC crown Friday night.
The hard-fought win ended the Demons’ regular season...
DII girls: Third quarter run helps Pirates advance|
Zone defense slowing you down? Shots rolling around the rim and out? Lose one of your top scorers with an injury?
No problem at all for the Rocky River girls basketball team.
The second-seeded Pirates brushed all that aside in Thursday night’s Division II sectional final with Buckeye. River went on a torrid 16-0 run in the third quarter and left Elyria High with a 50-24 win over the Bucks.
River, now 15-7, will face West Shore Conference foe Bay next Thursday night at Elyria in the district semifinals. The winner of that game will play for the district championship and a berth in the Sweet 16...
DII Girls: Rockets spin turnovers into golden win|
In Bay’s tournament opener against Padua, the Rockets struggled from the start and needed a second-half rally to pull out the win.
To say Thursday night was a different story would be the understatement of the year.
The Rockets, behind a suffocating full-court defense, jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back. When the final buzzer sounded, Bay was moving on with a convincing 57-31 win over fourth-seeded Clearview in girls Division II tournament action at Elyria High.
Bay, the tournament’s fifth seed, will now face a familiar opponent in next week’s district semifinals. The Rockets will take on West Shore Conference rival Rocky River, which won the nightcap with a 50-24 win over Buckeye.
“Wow! What an effort my kids put forth tonight...”
DI Girls: Westlake rolls again, to face Lorain next|
It’s safe to say the Westlake girls basketball team has barely had to break a sweat in its first two games tournament play.
It’s also safe to say things will get much tougher for the Demons from this point on.
For the second straight game, Westlake overwhelmed its opponent in the first quarter. The Demons blanked John Marshall, 22-0, in the first quarter, went to their bench early and often, then cruised to a 63-27 win Wednesday night in a Division I sectional title game at Elyria Catholic.
No. 2 seed Westlake, however, walked off the Coliseum floor...
DII Girls: Defense rallies Rockets to tourney win|
There were several times during the regular season when the Bay girls basketball team dug a hole for themselves in the first half, only to make a game of it in the second half.
Some of those rallies resulted in wins, others in narrow defeats.
On Monday afternoon at Elyria High School, the fifth-seeded Rockets managed to pull another late-game win out of the hat. They put on a defensive clinic and turned a 22-14 halftime deficit into a 41-36 win over Padua in a Division II sectional tournament contest.
The win upped Bay’s record to 13-8 on the season and put the Rockets in Thursday night’s sectional championship game...
DII Girls: River shakes off rust, deals Cards a loss|
It had been eight days since Rocky River played in a basketball game that counted. The effects of that layoff showed early on in the Pirates’ opening round DII tournament game with Brookside.
It didn’t take long, however, for the tournament’s second-seeded team to shake off the rust and get down to work.
River, with its defense forcing 28 turnovers, got the job done Monday night with a 48-23 win over Brookside at Elyria High School’s new gymnasium. The win puts the Pirates in a Thursday night sectional title game against Buckeye.
“We felt like pressure defense was our ticket to success today,” said River head coach Mike Sislowski, whose team moved to 14-7...
DI Girls: Westlake dominates in EC tourney debut|
The Midview Middies never knew what hit ’em.
Westlake, a defending district champion, opened the new Elyria Catholic Division I district tournament with a bang Saturday afternoon. The Demons could do no wrong, hitting 10 of 21 shots from the floor and forcing 12 Middie turnovers in the first quarter alone.
By the end of the quarter, the game was virtually over.
Up 25-0 after the first eight minutes, the Demons led by as many as 35 points in the second quarter and rolled to a 71-24 sectional semifinal win...
Demons vanquish Meteors, keep pace in SWC race|
With just under two minutes left in the third quarter at Westlake, Midpark’s Christian Calton hit a driving floater to give the Meteors a 30-27 lead. In a game that had been a defensive struggle for both teams, a 3-point lead at the time seemed huge.
If the Demons were experiencing a deja vu moment, no one would have blamed them.
But with vision’s of last month’s 46-38 loss at Midpark lurking in the shadows, the Demons responded with an explosive 15-2 run. When it was all said and done, Westlake had erupted...
Avon bounces back with win over North Olmsted|
After getting knocked out of the West Shore Conference race on Friday, Avon head coach Jim Baker had a challenge for his Eagles squad Tuesday night.
“We talked about character. I mean really, nobody’s going to feel sorry for us,” said Baker, whose team was coming off a tough 54-51 loss at Bay that was settled on a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Eagles accepted the challenge, regrouped and came away with a 63-59 home court win over North Olmsted’s Eagles in a non-conference game.
“This was huge. This was absolutely huge,” Baker said after the game...
Blue Streaks weather the storm, top River 60-43|
Well into the third quarter, Saturday night’s game between Magnificat and Rocky River was living up to expectations. The two teams, each loaded with talent and championship pedigree, were matching each other basket for basket, rebound for rebound.
Something had to give. It did.
A nasty collision between the Blue Streaks’ Stephanie Haas and Pirate point guard Allyson Helleis knocked both players temporarily out of the game. Shortly thereafter...
Red-hot Bees swarm Demons, tie up race in SWC|
Anything that could go wrong, did go wrong for the Westlake Demons.
Brecksville came into Friday night’s Southwestern Conference showdown one game behind the first-place Demons. When the smoke cleared, The Hive was buzzing about the Bees’ convincing 53-37 win that tied up the race with two games remaining.
“I believe we were a little frozen by the magnitude of the game early on,” said Demons head coach Shawn Hood, whose team made just two field goals...
Video: Lowrie's buzzer beater gets Bay past Avon|
It’s been a tough season for the Bay boys basketball team. But as it turned out, the Rockets had their say in the West Shore Conference race.
Friday night, senior Bryan Lowrie drilled a 3-pointer to beat the buzzer and give Bay a thrilling 54-51 home-court win over Avon. The loss, combined with Midview’s 61-49 win over Vermilion, eliminated the Eagles from title contention.
Lowrie led all scorers with 19 points, while...
Cold shooting dooms Demons, Meteors claim SWC|
Prior to Wednesday night’s Southwestern Conference showdown between Westlake and Midpark, both teams had visions of adding another league title to their respective trophy cases.
When it was all said and done, the end result was a dream come true for the Meteors.
For the Demons? It was an utter nightmare...
Depth pays dividends for Demons against Eagles|
Throughout the season, Westlake head coach Shawn Hood has consistently used a 10-man rotation. No matter what the score, no matter who has the hot shooting hand that night, the non-stop march to the scorer’s table has remained the norm.
The result coming into the week? A 14-1 overall record and sole possession of first place in the Southwestern Conference.
Hood’s philosophy paid some additional dividends Tuesday night. With two starters out of action, the Demons still had enough...
Rockets hang on late, bring Eagles down to earth|
No one will argue that the Bay girls basketball team has gone through more than its fair share of ups and downs this season.
But if Saturday afternoon was any indication, the elevator is definitely going back up for Chris Brewer’s Rockets.
Bay took the lead early on and got some big plays down the stretch to claim a 49-45 win over visiting Avon and remain one game behind Rocky River in the West Shore Conference race...
Avon keeps pace in WSC race with win over River|
Two coaches. Two teams. Two very different viewpoints.
First coach: “I thought it was very important to set the tempo early in the game. I thought we did a really nice job at both ends of the floor, especially defensively. We guarded the heck out of them tonight, and that was the key to our win.”
Second coach: “It was a rough night for us on both ends of the court....
Bees, tourney draw next as Demons roll by Eagles|
With just three regular season games remaining, the Westlake girls basketball team is on target to attain its goals.
This coming weekend will more clearly define what road the Demons will take to achieve them.
On Wednesday night, the Demons used a tenacious defense and opportunistic scoring to take out visiting North Olmsted, 49-29, in a Southwestern Conference matchup...
Demons run by Shoremen, take over lead in SWC|
Avon Lake head coach Eric Smith was looking for his Shoremen to buck a trend and get off to a good start Tuesday night at Westlake.
Less than four minutes into the game, however, the Demons already had Smith’s team in catchup mode.
Westlake came out of the gates with a 9-2 burst and built its lead from there. Despite a rash of turnovers in the fourth quarter, the Demons came away...
Stunned! Midview's Morris beats River at buzzer|
Friday night’s West Shore Conference showdown between Midview and Rocky River had all the ebb and flow of a championship game.
There were clutch plays by both teams. There were big shots and blocked shots, frayed tempers, lead changes and fans from both sides getting worked up into a frenzy. And to top it all off, there was a game-winning shot as the final buzzer sounded.
Unfortunately for the Pirates and their fans, that shot came off the hand of Middie senior Justin Morris....
Demon D sends Shoregals home with SWC defeat|
Down just three points at halftime, Avon Lake got a pair of 3-pointers to start the third quarter and looked poised to pull off an upset of twice-beaten Westlake.
That’s when the wheels came off for the Shoregals.
Westlake turned up the defensive pressure and started to convert turnovers into points. An 11-0 run ensued, and the Demons kept pace in the Southwestern Conference race...
Video: Demons back on track, roll past Bulldogs|
Westlake got back on the winning track Tuesday night with a convincing 85-58 win at Olmsted Falls. The Demons raised their record to 11-1 overall and remained tied for first place in the Southwestern Conference at 6-1. Brecksville stayed tied with Westlake as the Bees buzzed past Avon Lake, 50-45.
The Demons had five players in double figures, with Gavin Skelly leading all scorers with 22 points. Larry was there to capture the action with his photos and video...
Determined Pirates on a mission, rattle Rockets|
It was Jan. 4, and the Rocky River girls basketball team was taking the long bus ride home after a 56-33 loss at Walsh Jesuit.
Since then, the Pirates have been on a mission.
Over the last four games, the Pirates have taken out their frustrations on their opponents. Saturday night, they held arch-rival Bay to five first-half points and tacked on a 14-0 run in the third quarter for good measure...
Pirates win sixth straight, sail past Rockets 49-32|
When Craig Linder’s 3-pointer beat the third quarter buzzer, things were looking good for the Bay Rockets.
Linder’s shot had just helped the Rockets trim an 11-point deficit down to six. Nobody in the Rocky River gym, though, knew that trey would be the Rockets’ final basket of the game.
The Pirates, whose own offense had sputtered most of the game, went on a 10-0 run to start the fourth quarter...
Eagles execute in final minutes to top Shoregals|
With 4:28 left in the game, Avon Lake had taken a 32-28 lead over neighborhood rival Avon. With both teams struggling on offense, the narrow 4-point lead seemed larger.
But despite making just eight field goals to that point, the Eagles dug down deep to make a run. They took advantage of key Shoregal turnovers and went on a 13-0 run to close out a come-from-behind 41-32 win Wednesday night in a non-conference girls hoops matchup...
Video: Buzzer beater leads Avon past Shoremen|
Ryan Poyle hit a layup to beat the buzzer and get Avon past visiting Avon Lake, 45-43, in a non-conference boys basketball game Tuesday night.
The Eagles, who were led by Claude Gray\'s 17 points, went on a 13-4 run in the fourth quarter to pull out the last-second win and even their record at 6-6. Eric Stuczynski led all scorers with 20 points for Avon Lake...
Strong starts, finish get Demons past Brecksville|
Despite leading the entire game, Westlake had a fight on its hands. It was the fourth quarter, and Brecksville was threatening.
The Demons’ offense was sputtering against the Bees’ zone defense. A 3-pointer from Mark Chrzanowski had brought the visitors to within three points, 38-35, with ample time for a game-winning run.
With the fans on the edge of their seats, the game took a dramatic turn.
With just over two minutes left in regulation, Gavin Skelly...
Turnovers prove costly as Streaks fall to Comets|
With the score 29-29 at halftime, Tuesday night’s basketball game between Magnificat and Solon looked like it was destined to go down to the wire.
The first 1:27 of the third quarter changed that theory.
The visiting Comets scored eight unanswered points, then extended their lead from there. The end result was a 59-54 win over the Blue Streaks in an action-packed contest at the House of Blues...
Meteors get the best of Demons, take SWC lead|
More times than not, a 28-point win over your main league rival and sole possession of first place would have a coach smiling from ear to ear.
But Saturday night, it was evident Midpark head coach Stephanie Mentz had higher aspirations for her Meteors in 2012.
Midpark, the defending Southwestern Conference champions, fought off visiting Westlake with a 10-0 run in the third quarter...
River thrashes EC, 58-23, moves to 5-0 in WSC|
For five straight years, the Rocky River girls basketball program has not only won, but dominated the field in the West Shore Conference.
If Saturday was any indication, that trend won’t stop any time soon.
The Pirates, after running a gauntlet of tough non-conference foes over the holidays, resumed WSC play at Elyria Catholic. They unleashed 32 minutes of mayhem...
Fourth-quarter run pushes Westlake past Eagles|
For the better part of three quarters, North Olmsted and Westlake battled each other on even terms in a key early-season Southwestern Conference hoops matchup.
As the third quarter ended, however, the game would change dramatically.
That’s when point guard Ezzat Assad’s long-range 3-pointer to beat the buzzer pushed the Demons’ lead to 45-35. That shot ignited a 12-4 Westlake run...
Video: Demons ground the Rockets, 66-44|
Westlake Demons men\'s basketball grounded the Rockets in a Holiday match at the Launching Pad. While Jim is on vacation, I captured stills and video of the game. Enjoy. Happy New Year!
Video: Lady Eagles prevail over Rockets in OT|
The Bay Rockets lady hoopsters took it to overtime in a loss to North Olmsted last Monday in a non-conference game at the Eagles Nest. Catch the highlights in this video. Our \'Photography\' page has 21 images to view.
Video: Eagles slip past Rocky River, 56-55|
Rocky River hosted the Avon Eagles in a West Shore Conference basketball game at the \'Pirates Cove.\' Check out the game and entertainment action Larry captured in this video, along with the 21 images on our Photography page...
Westlake remains unbeaten with win over Eagles|
For the better part of the first half, North Olmsted and Westlake looked like mirror images of each other. Both teams were pressing and pushing the ball up the floor at a frantic pace, but not doing much at the offensive end of the floor.
The song remained the same in the second half except for one thing:
The Demons found their scoring touch...
Westlake runs, stuns its way past Braves, 67-53|
Back in the 1980s, Cleveland State used its “run and stun” style of basketball to make a name for itself in the college basketball world.
If Friday night was any indication, the “run and stun” is alive and well in Westlake, Ohio.
Westlake hit visiting Berea hard with a 15-3 run in the second quarter, then used a 21-4 run in the third to stun the Braves, 67-53, in a big early-season Southwestern Conference matchup.
With the win, the Demons remained unbeaten...
Streaks shake off slow start, tame Cougars 65-54|
After a 10-day layoff, the Magnificat basketball team looked a little sluggish in the first quarter Wednesday night against Lake Catholic.
As it turns out, the Blue Streaks were just warming up.
Magnificat, behind a 10-point second quarter from Stephanie Haas, took an early 15-5 deficit and turned it into a 65-54 win over the Cougars to move to 3-2 on the season.
Wednesday night marked the Blue Streaks\' first game since a hard-fought win at Norton. It was also the their first home game...
Pressure defense helps Demons get by Shoregals|
Avon Lake head coach Dave Zvara knew the answer to the question before it was even asked.
“It’s been our one downfall so far this season,” Zvara said.
Westlake, despite some problems of its own, remained undefeated by pressuring the Shoregals into 30 turnovers to come away with a 45-40 win Saturday afternoon at the Avon Lake Fieldhouse...
Video: Bulldogs edge Eagles in SWC opener|
Arch rivals North Olmsted and Olmsted Falls squared off last Wednesday to open the 2011-12 Southwestern Conference girls basketball schedule. The Bulldogs won the defensive battle, 27-25. Larry Bennet captures the action in this video...
McCrone's trey sparks River's 66-45 win over Bay|
With Rocky River starting to pull away, Bay made its move.
Five straight points by Bryan Lowrie, topped off by a steal and slam dunk by the Rocket senior, had the Bay fans on their feet screaming for more. The Pirates called timeout, clinging to a 29-27 lead early in the third quarter.
Just like that, the momentum took a turn.
The visiting Pirates went on a run of their own. As the final moments of the quarter ticked off, River junior Ryan McCrone...
Demons seize the moment, top River in overtime|
After trailing by as many as 21 points in the first half, Rocky River had come all the way back. Visiting Westlake, with two key players already fouled out of the game, was on the ropes.
With the partisan Pirate crowd already whipped into a frenzy, the decibel level rose even higher when River eventually tied the game to send it into overtime. And with a 52-49 lead early on in OT, the momentum was clearly in the Pirates’ favor.
The Demons, however, had other ideas...
Hood, Demons brace for River as new era begins|
A new era in Westlake boys basketball begins Tuesday night.
That’s when Shawn Hood, the former Cleveland State standout, makes his debut as the Demons’ head coach. Hood, who was hired last summer, takes his team to Rocky River for a non-conference matchup with the Pirates.
“I think we’re right where we need to be,” said Hood after a recent practice session. “I would imagine everyone’s at the same place and wishing they had a little bit more time to prepare.
“I feel good about our team...
Second half outbursts propel Eagles past Rockets|
In the first half, Friday night’s boys basketball season opener between Bay and North Olmsted looked like it would be a defensive struggle.
That all changed in the second half.
North Olmsted, nursing a slim 21-18 halftime lead, used scoring runs of 12-4 and 13-4 in the second half to come away with a 52-47 win to spoil the Rockets’ home opener.
“It’s early in the year, and right now the defenses are ahead of the offenses...
Demons build early lead, roll past Rockets 52-36|
In last Friday’s season opener against Chardon, the Bay girls basketball team fell behind early and had to rally for a 60-57 win.
On Wednesday night, the Rockets again fell behind early, this time against rival Westlake. This time, however, there was no comeback as the Demons rolled to a 52-36 win to move to 2-0 on the young season.
Westlake, coming off a big 57-40 win over Rocky River, jumped out to an 11-1 lead...
Maryo's shooting helps Meteors top Blue Streaks|
In three of the last four post seasons, Magnificat and Midpark have squared off in Division I district tournament play.
There was no need to wait for tournament play this time around.
The two area basketball powers opened the season last Friday night in the opening round of the Great Lakes Classic at Midpark High School. With a packed house watching on, the host Meteors got a third-quarter spark from Korie Maryo...