July 30, 2014

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Boys basketball: Grant Overy’s five threes lift Middies past EC

EATON TWP. — It’s not something hokey like Grant Overy is on some kind of wavelength with the basketball hoop. Not some kind of science fiction stuff.

But there was something going on Tuesday night for Midview’s 5-foot-10 junior guard. He drilled five of the Middies’ nine 3-point baskets, all in the second half in a 73-62 West Shore Conference win over Elyria Catholic.

“It’s just me and the hoop, I guess,” Overy said. “It’s like a special bond. But I always look for my teammates first before I shoot.”

His teammates must be happy that he shot when he did. It seemed as though every time the Panthers nudged a little closer after falling behind by 12 points in the third quarter, Overy drained a 3-pointer.

He put Middies fans on their feet with back-to-back threes midway through the period, and when he hit a third with just over a minute to play, it opened a 54-45 lead.

“My teammates really opened it up for me,” Overy said. “They passed the ball great and I got it down the floor and hit a few shots. Everything comes easy when you’re hitting shots.”

For the record, he also scored two 2-point baskets to finish with a game-high 19 points. Midview (3-1, 2-0 WSC) got 17 points from 6-5 senior Wes Davic and 11 from 5-8 sophomore Matt Randolph.

As one might suppose, Overy’s long-distance show pleased coach Troy DiFranco.

“He was unbelievable,” DiFranco said. “I mean, he was shooting in the ocean. It was fun to watch. He definitely got hot and that helped us win this game.”

But DiFranco said he was just as pleased with the job he got from players coming off the bench.

“Overy and Dylan Eason picked up two quick fouls,” he said. “I thought Kyle Warner came in and did a real nice job for us. Mac McCray, Tyler Pasenow and Dante Redwood — they all seemed like when we put them in the game, they all contributed. Grant definitely got hot, but we couldn’t have done it without all 14 guys.”

Actually, the Panthers (1-3, 1-1) took a 4-0 lead on baskets by Tyler Riddell and Cory Strasko, but they got caught in a 6-0 Midview run near the end of the first quarter and trailed 17-13 after eight minutes.

Also, the Middies strung together a 10-4 run just before the break to grab a 37-29 lead at halftime. The Panthers closed the gap to 45-38 midway through the third quarter, but that merely ignited Overy, who connected on back-to-back 3-pointers.

“We’re not going to win many games giving up 73 points,” Panthers coach Jason Smith said. “Our defense was very weak, especially communicating in the half-court. We had a good scout on this team. We knew (Overy) could shoot the lights out, but he was 6 feet open every single 3-pointer he had. You gotta know who the hot shooters are and we did a very poor job of that.”

The Panthers’ Daniel Whitacre, a 6-5 senior, scored a team-high 15 points. And they got nine points each from Tyler Riddell, John Stursa and Ceeven Shelton.

Midview 73, Elyria Catholic 62

ELYRIA CATHOLIC (62): Cory Strasko 1-0-2, Angelo Cruz 1-0-2, Daniel Whitacre 6-2-15, D.J. Graham 2-2-6, Tyler Riddell 4-0-9, Conner Riddell 1-0-3, John Stursa 3-2-9, Ceeven Shelton 3-3-9, Xavier Bennett 2-3-7. Totals 23-12-62.

MIDVIEW (73): Wes Davic 5-7-17, Matt Randolph 4-1-11, Jacob Wells 0-0-0, Dante Redwood 0-0-0, Steven Gott 5-0-10, Dylan Eason 2-0-6, Grant Overy 7-0-19, Kyle Warner 2-0-4, Tyler Pasenow 1-0-2, Jack Duffner 2-0-4. Totals 28-8-73.

Elyria Catholic 13 16 20 13 — 62

Midview 17 20 19 17 -– 73

Three-point goals: Elyria Catholic 4-10 (Whitacre, T. Riddell, C. Riddell, Stursa), Midview 9-16 (Overy 5, Randolph 2, Eason 2). Field goals: Elyria Catholic 23-51 (45.1 percent); Midview 28-53 (52.8 percent). Free throws: Elyria Catholic 12-21; Midview 8-16. Rebounds: Elyria Catholic 36; Midview 36. Turnovers: Elyria Catholic 18, Midview 22. Fouled out: Stursa.

Junior varsity: Elyria Catholic, 41-36.

Contact Bob Daniels at 329-7135 or basketball@bobdaniels.info.