ELYRIA – Too many fouls and too many turnovers. Add too and too together and the sum is defeat.
It happened to Open Door`s boys Tuesday night and the result was their first loss of the basketball season.
Despite the mathematical probabilities, the Patriots (2-1) nearly pulled off their third straight win. They fought back from a fourth-quarter deficit that reached five points before falling 55-54 to Fuchs Mizrachi in Northeast Liberty Conference action. It was the Mayhem`s (1-2) first victory of the season.
But the turnovers and fouls spelled Open Door`s doom. The Patriots turned the ball over 24 times, including once on an inbounds play at their end of the court with one second to play. And they gave the Mayhem 21 foul shots, of which they made 16. The Patriots were 3 of 9 from the foul line.
“We did get into foul trouble and that got us out of our rhythm,” said Open Door coach Jason Penley. “And I give credit to Fuchs. They forced us into a lot of mistakes, which is our fault. We made a lot of uncharacteristic plays tonight. I think we were flat and we got out-worked on the boards and loose balls. Fuchs wanted it more than we did.”
The handwriting on the wall first appeared in the second quarter when Open Door – leading 27-17 – gave up a a 15-0 run, missed two foul shots in the final minute of the half and trailed 34-29 at the break.
Had the Patriots made just over 50 percent of their foul shots, they would have gone home winners. Meanwhile, Open Door lost Jake Dodd and Michael Terry on fouls in the fourth quarter.
“We had our chances and we only have ourselves to blame,” Penley said. “We had plenty of opportunities. There were a couple of missed layups here at the end that were key and could have changed the outcome. But I give the kids credit. We did fight, we didn`t give up.”
Open Door, trailing 46-41 going into the fourth quarter, regained the lead, 48-46, three minutes in. Brendan McNabb hit a field goal from the outside, drained a 3-pointer and Abe Valentine scored with a put-back in a 7-0 run.
Fuchs moved out to a 55-49 lead with just 36 seconds left, but Valentine responded with a long 3-pointer cutting the margin to 55-52. The Mayhem made a turnover with 22 seconds left and the Patriots` Peter Rader made it 55-54 when he scored on a putback with a second to play.
Open Door got the ball back, with a second still on the clock, when the Mayhem`s inbounds pass hit the rafters. But the Patriots logged another turnover on the inbounds play and it was over.
McNabb, who hit three of Open Door`s seven 3-pointers, scored a game-high 20 points. Terry added 10. Jeremy Rosen and Ori Lefkovitz scored 16 and 11, respectively, for Fuchs Mizrachi.
Fuchs Mizrachi 55, Open Door 54
FUCHS MIZRACHI (55): Jeremy Saftel 3-0-6, Aharon Fireman 0-0-0, Oliver Sax 0-0-0, Josh Senders 1-0-3, Jeremy Rosen 3-9-16, Jason Sherman 0-0-0, Bram Glazer 2-2-6, Jonah Wilkof 1-4-6, Ori Lefkovitz 5-0-11, Rafi Abraham 2-1-6.
OPEN DOOR (54): Eric Mann 1-0-3, Garrett Mitchell 0-0-0, Patrick Elder 0-0-0, Brendan McNabb 8-1-20, Michael Terry 5-0-10, Yonathan Samuel 1-0-2, Abe Valentine 3-1-8, Jacob Dodd 3-0-8, Peter Rader 1-1-3. Totals: 22-3-54.
Fuchs MizrachiÂ Â Â 10Â 24Â 10Â 11 â€“ 55
Open DoorÂ Â Â 14Â 15Â 12Â Â 13 â€“ 54
3-point goals: Fuchs Mizrachi 5-12 (Abraham 2, Rosen, Senders, Lefkovitz); Open Door 7-15 (McNabb 3, Dodd 2, Mann, Valentine). Field goals: Fuchs Mizrachi 17-53 (32.1 percent); Open Door 22-55 (39.3 percent). Free throws: Fuchs Mizrachi 16-21; Open Door 3-9. Rebounds: Fuchs Mizrachi 31; Open Door 36. Turnovers: Fuchs Mizrachi 15; Open Door 24. Fouled out: Terry, Dodd.
Junior varsity: Fuchs Mizrachi, 43-23.
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