And pretty much everything else, too, in rolling to a 52-33 win over the Rangers in the West Shore Conference opener for both teams.
The Middies (2-0, 1-0 WSC) won the opening tip and ran off 13 points before North Ridgeville’s Jacob Ruoff scored with 2:01 left in the quarter.
They let their defense control things the rest of the way.
“The kids were more active defensively tonight and I’m proud of that,” Midview coach Troy DiFranco said. “That was something I felt we had to improve on from our opening game. We really didn’t do a good job in that game. We seemed to let them (Wellington) do what they wanted, but tonight we were able to dictate a little more as to what was going on.”
And dictate they did, holding the Rangers (0-3, 0-1) to single digits in the first and third quarters and allowing only 10 and 12 points in the second and fourth.
Eddie Brezina led the Middies with 17 points, nine in the first quarter on three
“When the ball goes through the hoop everything becomes easier,” DiFranco said “It becomes a lot simpler and Eddie hit some big shots that got us going in the right direction.”
“It was big to open up the conference against North Ridgeville,” Midview’s Riley Moore said. “Usually we play them at the end of the season, but it got switched around this season. We wanted to come out and make a statement in the conference. We wanted everyone to know that we’re here to win.”
If effort counts for anything, then North Ridgeville had a good night. Too bad for the Rangers, however, it doesn’t on the scoreboard.
“I’m very happy with our team’s effort,” North Ridgeville coach Bill Noggle said. “I’m very happy with our effort, but I’m not happy with our execution. I think we have to get stronger with the basketball, but you can’t question the team’s effort so I’m very happy from that standpoint.”
Now Midview turns its attention to playing Elyria tonight as the Pioneers christen their new gym.
“I’m looking forward to it,” DiFranco said. “The kids are looking forward to it. We were lucky to start with two home games and we protected our house.
Now we get to go over to Elyria and have some fun because it’s going to be a great atmosphere.”
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Midview 52, North Ridgeville 33
MIDVIEW (52): Eddie Brezina 6-2-17, Justin Morris 1-1-3, Patrick Linn 4-1-9, Arlington McClinton 1-1-3, Michael Snoddy 0-0-0, DJ Johnson 3-1-8, Riley Moore 4-1-9, Cody Crandall 1-1-3, Steven Gott 0-0-0, Dylan Eason 0-0-0, Grant Overy 0-0-0, Jack Duffner 0-0-0. Totals 20-8-52.
NORTH RIDGEVILLE (33): Andrew Sismour 2-1-6, Matt Clark 4-0-10, Nate Inal 2-0-5, Jacob Ruoff 1-2-4, Anthony Nguyen 0-4-4, Matt Feierabend 1-0-2, James Schwarzer 1-0-2, Zach See 0-0-0, Tyler Arnold 0-0-0, Dennis Millguard 0-0-0, Nolan Freeman 0-0-0, Dan Teitenburg 0-0-0, Bailey Gannon 0-0-0. Totals 11-7-33.
Midview 16 10 17 9 — 52
North Ridgeville 4 10 7 12 — 33
Three-point goals: North Ridgeville 4-8 (Clark 2, Sismour, Inal), Midview 4-6 (Brezina 3, Johnson). Field Goals: North Ridgeville 7-23 (30 percent), Midview 16-44 (36 percent). Free Throws: North Ridgeville 7-10 (70 percent), Midview 8-17 (47 percent). Rebounds: North Ridgeville 22 (Sismour 5), Midview 27 (Linn 6). Turnovers: North Ridgeville 21, Midview 10.
Junior varsity: Midview, 46-41