LORAIN — None of Andy Bastock’s lectures and exhortations had as much impact on the Southview Saints as did Saturday’s loss to Oberlin.
That one got the Saints’ attention.
“It was a better lesson than I could teach with words,” said Bastock after his Saints throttled Elyria Catholic 61-38 in non-conference play Tuesday night. “We have to play hard every possession.”
It showed, especially at the defensive end.
Southview turned up the heat and Elyria Catholic cracked under the pressure. The Panthers turned the ball over 26 times, resulting in 30 points for the Saints. Even when the Panthers did not turn it over, they had trouble getting into an offense.
“It’s the defense we teach and preach every day,” Bastock said. “We tried to win individual battles. Each player tried to dominate his man the best he could. It’s the best defense we’ve played all year.”
EC, which has lost five in a row after opening with two wins, made only 12 baskets from the floor. The Panthers blew the few good scoring chances they had and missed 10 of 21 free throws.
“In the first quarter we had turnovers and missed some easy baskets,” Panther coach Alan Januzzi said. “We’ve tried to change style this year and be more up-tempo, but against Southview you can’t do that. You’ve got to control the tempo and be patient.
“We had possessions when we did that but we couldn’t connect.”
The Panthers had a terrible time combating Southview’s size and athletic ability. The Saints employed 6-foot-4 Josh Biber on the perimeter and he created a number of steals and run-outs.
“We used him as a 2 and 3 guard tonight,” Bastock said. “He’s capable of playing anything except the point. His size can disrupt a kid on the perimeter. I like having him out there, but when the shot goes up he’s hungry for the rebound.”
Rebounding also was in the Saints’ favor, 34-21, including a 17-4 bulge in the second half.
Southview (2-3) started the game with three baskets before EC even got a shot. The Saints had 10 points in the first eight minutes off seven Panther turnovers.
“That’s the worst thing that can happen to us,” Januzzi said. “Every turnover is four points as far as I’m concerned.”
When Elyria Catholic got a shot, it missed. The Panthers hit just 33 percent of their shots and two starters failed to score. Kevin Fentner had 13 and Joe Januzzi seven off the bench.
“The pressure speeds up your game,” Alan Januzzi said. “That’s why we missed a lot of shots.”
Southview, meanwhile, had an easier time against EC’s zone, shooting 49 percent from the floor, even without a 3-point basket. Marshall Crum, roaming in the lane, scored 19 on 8-for-11 shooting and Quincy Ezell had 14. Eight of the nine Saints who saw action scored.
The largest lead was 43-17 with 2:34 left in the third quarter.
Southview 61, Elyria Catholic 38
ELYRIA CATHOLIC (38): Jacob Schuster 0-0-0, Paul Kubuski 2-0-4, Joe Fitch 2-0-4, Cody Schuster 0-0-0, Kevin Fentner 3-5-13, Joe Januzzi 1-4-7, Adam Kirsch 0-1-1, Ryan Taylor 2-0-4, Nick Ksenich 0-0-0, Josh Russ 0-1-1, Spencer Roule 2-0-4. Totals 12-11-38.
SOUTHVIEW (61): Josh Biber 2-4-8, Quinton Ezell 2-0-4, Quincy Ezell 7-0-14, Drew Laurenti 1-2-4, Marshall Crum 8-3-19, Montrell Elliott 3-2-8, Mike Anderson 1-0-2, Elvin Marlquez 0-0-0, Tony Sanchez 1-0-2. Totals 25-11-61.
Elyria Catholic 8 6 12 12 — 38
Southview 16 11 18 16 — 61
Three-point goals: EC (3-5) Fentner 2, Januzzi, Southview (0-7); Rebounding: EC 21 (Kubuski 6), Southview 34 (Biber 6); Turnovers: EC26, Southview 20; Fouls: EC 12, Southview 19; Fouled Out: None; Field Goal Shooting: EC 12 of 36 (33 percent), Southview 25 of 51 (49 percent); Free Throw Shooing: EC 11 of 21 (52 percent), Southview11 of 14 (82 percent).
JV: Elyria Catholic, 46-43