WELLINGTON — Midview senior Wes Davic played the most complete game he’s ever played, tying a career high with 28 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, blocking six shots and recording six steals as the Middies took control in the third quarter Tuesday and rolled to a 52-39 win over Wellington.
Davic did the majority of his damage from the foul line, connecting on 14 of 19 while going 7-of-15 from the floor.
He also added seven assists, three of them to Jack Duffner during a pivotal point in the third quarter when Midview (1-1) went on an 11-4 run that extended into the fourth quarter.
“Wes had an outstanding game, but I think Jack Duffner had a great third quarter for us,” Midview coach Troy DiFranco said. “He had some big buckets for us there and stretched our lead out a little bit.
“He was a big key in the win. I thought he rebounded the ball well in the third quarter. Where he lost some of that stuff in the first half, he kept the ball up high and was strong with it. He and Wes did a really nice job on the boards.”
The game was tied at 24 after two quarters. In the second half, the Middies made a deliberate effort to feed Duffner, a 6-foot-6, 250-pound junior, down low.
“That was the second-half plan,” Davic said of pounding the ball inside to Duffner. “We tried to do a pick-and-roll and Jack was catching everything. So I kept throwing it to him. He was eating it up.”
Duffner scored all nine of his points and grabbed seven of his 10 rebounds in the second half as Midview outscored the Dukes 28-15 in the final two periods.
Wellington (0-1) led 6-2 and the lead changed hands four times, with six ties in the first half. Wellington’s early four-point advantage was the largest lead by either team in the first half. There were 23 fouls called in the first two quarters (12 on the Dukes and 11 on Midview) while the teams combined to shoot 35 first-half free throws.
“With all the shots we gave up in the paint in the first half, we tried to bear down defensively a little bit more,” DiFranco said. “Wellington came out with a lot of energy and was ready to play. … They were beating us to loose balls and getting extra shots and a lot of those shots came in the paint. That was pretty much our focus at halftime.”
Dukes coach Dan Gundert was pleased with his team’s play in the first half, despite two quick fouls that sent one of his key players to the bench.
“We were really happy coming in at halftime,” he said. “Dylan Weidrick didn’t play but three minutes in the first half so we were pretty happy. They made some adjustments and we thought we made some adjustments. Obviously his were better than ours.”
Midview, which turned the ball over 33 times in its season opener against Elyria, coughed it up just 12 times against Wellington. As a result, the Middies were able to take six more shots than Wellington, as opposed to what happened against the Pioneers.
“You’re talking about two different styles, but we did take care of the basketball,” DiFranco said. “When you take care of the basketball you get more shots off. In our opener, I think (Elyria) took 25 more shots than we did. We’ve just got to continue to work and continue to get better.”
The Dukes committed 14 of their 22 turnovers in the second half.
“There were a lot of hustle plays that didn’t go our way, but we’re a young team and we’ve got to battle through that,” Gundert said. “That’s a good basketball team over there and a lot of hustle plays went their way. That’s a credit to Troy and what he does. His kids play very hard and we tried to match that tonight .. and I thought we did for the first two quarters.
“I don’t know if we ran out of steam, but we had a lot of mental breakdowns in the second half.”
Dylan Kidd, a junior guard, paced the Dukes with 16 points while Weidrick added eight points and eight rebounds.
Midview 52, Wellington 39
MIDVIEW (52): Wes Davic 7-15 14-19 28, Devin Dombrowski 0-4 2-4 2, Matt Randolph 1-3 0-0 2, Steven Gott 0-0 2-2 2, Jack Duffner 4-8 1-4 9, Grant Overy 2-5 0-0 6, Dylan Easton 1-4 0-0 2, Dante Redwood 0-1 1-2 1, Tyler Pasenow 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-42 20-31 52.
WELLINGTON (39): Dylan Kidd 3-14 9-14 16, Jacob Grimmett 0-0 0-0 0, Dave Clark 1-8 3-4 5, Joey Holliday 2-3 0-3 4, Dylan Weidrick 3-7 2-4 8, Jake Miller 0-1 0-2 0, Tim Young 2-3 2-2 6, Jujuan Howard 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 11-36 16-31 39.
Midview 13 11 14 14 — 52
Wellington 14 10 6 9 — 39
Three-point goals: Midview 2 (Overy 2), Wellington 1 (Kidd). Rebounds: Midview 40 (Davic 11), Wellington 30 (Weidrick 8). Turnovers: Midview 12, Wellington 22. Total fouls: Midview 19, Wellington 23. Fouled out: Tim Young.
Junior varsity: Midview, 37-12.