May 26, 2016


Boys basketball: Saints get consolation at Bob DiFranco Memorial tournament

 EATON TWP. — Midview came out fired up Tuesday night, charging out to a big lead, but eventually Southview had too much speed and quick feet for the Middies.
The result was  a 73-57 victory for the Saints in the consolation game of the ninth annual Bob DiFranco Memorial tournament at Ed Kubuski Gym.
The Middies (1-3) jumped out to an early
11-point lead 4:11 into the game, sparked by a Nick Clark dunk off a Saint turnover, and Justin Casselle’s 3-pointer.  They did it with an aggressive,  harassing man-to-man defense and sharp shooting.
But the Clark dunk off a turnover eventually became the  formula  Southview (3-2) used to battle back from the early deficit and take command of the game.
Following Casselle’s three, Southview scored 14 straight points to take a 16-13 lead. The Saints kept adding to the advantage through the third quarter with repeated streaks down court for easy fastbreak layups or dunks. Southview got seven running layups after Midview turnovers and five other quick goals off Middie missed shots.
Adding to all those Saint layups, Midview hurt itself by missing seven short shots.
Southview’s high-percentage shots helped the Saints shoot 60 percent from the floor. They missed only 20 of their 50 field goal attempts. The Middies connected on 33 percent of their shots.
Josh Biber, a 6-foot-6 senior, had three dunks en route to leading the Saints with 17 points. But it was a balanced attack with four of Southview’s five starters in double figures.
“We started out flat, not aggressive enough,” Biber said. “But then we had a time out and refocused, starting to run a lot more and play more aggressive on defense. “
Southview won the consolation a year after winning the tournament.
“I feel a lot better tonight than I did last night (upon losing to North Royalton),” said Southview coach Andy Bastock.  “Bottom line, winning third place is all about a victory.  I never like starting out like we did today, but after a time out we focused on playing our offense.”
Midview coach Troy DiFranco was disappointed in the loss, but felt better than he did after losing to Amherst in the opening round.
“The effort was much better tonight,” he said. “I was really pleased with our enthusiasm and very proud the way the kids played hard to the final buzzer.
“Going into the new year, we’ll build on our plusses and work on cutting down the minuses.”
After being outscored 22-9 in the third quarter to get down by 16 points going into the fourth, the Middies matched the Saints in scoring 24 points in the final period.
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Southview 73, Midview 57
SOUTHVIEW (73): Josh Biber 8-1-17, Montrell Elliott 5-4-15, Quincy Ezell  6-1-14, Charles Fletcher 5-2-12, Mike Anderson 3-2-8, Angel Gomez 3-0-7, Shawn Bell 0-0-0, Jeremiah Frymer 0-0-0, Quinton Ezell  0-0-0. Totals 30-10-73.
MIDVIEW (57): Brad Gross 5-6-16, Nick Clark 7-0-15, Jordan English 3-4-10, Andrew Agee 2-0-5, Justin Casselle 1-0-3, Mike Mercado 0-3-3, Cody Gunselman 1-0-3, Josua Wells 0-2-2, Jacob Klamut  0-0-0, Joe Yusko 0-0-0, Tim Jaykel 0-0-0. Totals 19-15-57.
Southview 16 11 22 24 — 73
Midview 15   9   9 24 — 57
Three point goals: Southview 3 of 6 (Elliott, Quincy Ezell, Gomez), Midview 4 of 15 (Cesselle, Gunselman, Clark, Agee); Field goals: Southview  30 of 50 (60 percent), Midview 19 of 57 (33 percent); Free throws: Southview 10 of 15, Midview 15 of 21.