LORAIN — The game that everyone thought was going to be a blowout Saturday night wasn’t. Well, at least not for the first half.
Brookside led 31-27 at halftime, led by Nick Jackman’s 18 points. But the upset Cardinals fans were hoping for wasn’t to be as the Saints turned things completely around in the second half and ended up winning going away, 74-41.
“I didn’t really say too much in the locker room,” Saints coach Andy Bastock said after his Saints improved to 8-3. “I just stared them in the face and asked them if they were serious with what they were doing.
“We were in a high-risk trapping defense and we had no energy, poor rotating. It was as if our kids came out thinking that Brookside was going to come out and fall apart right away.”
Instead, the Cardinals (3-9) waited until the second half to fall apart. Of course, Southview had plenty to do with that, as it threw down some serious man-to-man defense that shut down the Brookside offense. The Saints also got it going on offense, outscoring the Cardinals 47-10 after halftime.
The Saints’ dominance came through loud and clear in the third quarter as they outscored the Cardinals 26-2.
After Jackman scored his 18 in the first half, Josh Biber was given the assignment of shutting him down. And that he did, not allowing Jackman another point.
“This was a tale of two halves,” Cardinals coach Brent Schremp said. “We talked about coming into this game having to execute and get the looks that make us successful.
“I thought our kids did a phenomenal job of doing that in the first half. We got the spacing we wanted, made the shots and we were able to rotate out of their trap. We talked at halftime about how they were going to come really hard. We came out not executing, getting in a hurry and playing back on our heels. We also didn’t get the looks we were getting in the first half.”
Biber and Quincy Ezell (20 and 19 points, respectively) took over the offense for the Saints, driving to the basket and hitting the outside shots. Quinton Ezell added 11 points and did some serious board work along with Biber.
Southview 74, Brookside 41
SOUTHVIEW (74): Josh Biber 8-3-19, Quincy Ezell 9-0-20, Quinton Ezell 5-1-11, Montrell Elliott 4-0-8, Charles Fletcher 2-2-6, Shawn Bell 1-2-4, Mike Anderson 1-2-4, Jeremiah Frymeir 1-0-2, Andre Burt 0-0-0, Angel Gomez 0-0-0. Totals 31-10-74
BROOKSIDE (41): Nick Jackman 8-0-18, Chris Matthias 2-0-6, Josh Harris 2-1-5, Adrian Rivera 2-0-5, Jacob Gerding 2-1-5, Steve Craig 0-2-2, Hunter Skulnicki 0-0-0, Andy Thomas 0-0-0, Nick Huckleberry 0-0-0, Josh Bender 0-0-0, Luke Ackerman 0-0-0. Totals 16-4-41.
Southview 12 15 26 21 — 74
Brookside 15 16 2 8 — 41
Three-point goals: Southview 2 (Quincy Ezell 2), Brookside 5 (Matthias 2, Jackman 2, Rivera). Rebounds: Southview 32 (Biber 13), Brookside 17 (Jackman 8). Turnovers: Southview 13, Brookside 28. Total fouls: Southview 14, Brookside 13. Fouled out: Jackman.
Junior varsity: Southview 58 Brookside 31.