Firelands hit its first shot from beyond the arc, then missed its final 19 in a 47-34 non-conference loss to visiting Amherst.
Garrett Klekota paced three Comets in double figures with 13 points, but it was the Falcons’ inability to hit from deep that allowed Amherst to escape with the win.
“I thought we had some decent looks,” Firelands coach Brett Bartlett said. “We might have forced a couple in the first half, but if the guys are open we should have confidence that our shooters are going to make their shots. They made them in practice, they made them in scrimmages … we’ve just got to carry it over to the games.”
The Falcons jumped on the Comets early, opening the game on a 10-2 run. Amherst sophomore guard Adam Srnis shot his team back into the game, connecting on three 3-pointers in the final 2:20 of the first quarter to give the Comets an 11-10 lead.
“Firelands came out and I think they wanted it worse than we did,” Amherst coach John Srnis. “We came over thinking, maybe, it wasn’t going to be as hard as last night (versus Oberlin). We can’t have that attitude. (Adam Srnis) kind of calmed the nerves and righted the ship a little bit.”
Firelands (0-1) opened the fourth with a 6-0 run to tie the game with 5:10 remaining, but scored just two points the rest of the way. Amherst closed the game on a 15-2 run.
Despite the win, Srnis was not pleased with his team’s effort. The Comets shot just 36.5 percent from the floor (16-of-42) and turned the ball over 14 times.
“We didn’t come over here tonight with the right attitude, and it was an uphill battle all night,” he said.
Klekota, who scored 25 against Oberlin, wasn’t happy with how he played. In the fourth quarter the Comets spread the floor on offense and allowed Klekota to attack Firelands guard Nick Bauer, who had three fouls.
Klekota scored six points in less than a minute to give the Comets (2-0) some breathing room.
“I had to find a way to get going because I was awful all day,” Klekota said. “Opening it up got me going and kind of got my teammates going. I also started to draw fouls because my shot wasn’t falling and I was able to at least attack because we were in the bonus.”
Bartlett was pleased with Bauer’s defense on the high-scoring Amherst junior guard.
“I’m very proud of Nick,” Bartlett said. “(Klekota) is one of the better guards in the area … he can shoot, he can handle the ball and can get to the lane, and Nick did a great job with him.”
Offensively, though, it was another story.
“I thought we competed and played hard, we’ve just got to shore up some things on the offensive end,” Bartlett said. “You’re not going to win many games scoring 34 points.”
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Amherst 47, Firelands 34
AMHERST (47): Adam Srnis 3-9 1-2 10, Nick Glowacki 3-5 4-4 11, Guy Schuler 1-3 0-0 2, Anthony Eliopoulos 0-6 0-0 0, Garrett Klekota 4-9 4-4 13, Eric Lamb 2-4 0-0 4, Matt Kneisel 1-3 0-0 2, Rees Rua 2-3 1-3 5. Totals 16-42 10-13 47.
FIRELANDS (34): Nick Bauer 4-9 1-1 9, Logan Sittinger 2-4 1-2 5, Casey Smith 2-8 1-2 6, Brett Helton 3-9 0-0 6, Joe Hyster 3-7 0-1 6, Cole Sklarek 1-2 0-0 2, Cory Peters 0-1 0-1 0, James Wilbond 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-41 3-7 34.
Amherst 11 14 7 15 — 47
Firelands 10 10 6 8 — 34
Three-point goals: Amherst — Srnis 3, Glowacki, Klekota, Firelands — Smith. Rebounds: Amherst 31 (Eliopoulos, Lamb 6), Firelands 23 (Bauer 7). Turnovers: Amherst 14, Firelands 17. Total fouls: Amherst 16, Firelands 17.
Junior varsity: Amherst, 57-27.