The Middies’ 6-foot-5 Wes Davic and 6-6 Jack Duffner ruled the paint against the Sailors — Davic scored a season-high 31 and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Duffner added eight points and eight boards — in Midview’s 68-63 West Shore Conference victory.
“Wes and Jack Duffner were tremendous tonight,” Middies coach Troy DiFranco said. “I saw a fire in those two guys and the rest of the team that I had not seen the past couple of games.
“We knew we had a height advantage coming in and we were able to take advantage like we had hoped. We knew we had to handle their pressure and reverse the ball quickly. We just got hot at the right times.”
The height paid off for the Middies, who kept the game close as Vermilion (3-5, 0-5) knocked down seven 3-pointers and had four players reach double figures.
Cameron Kuhn netted 22, Ryan Miller knocked down four threes on his way to 16 points and the Sailors got 11 each from Anthony Rini and Forrest Boyd.
“Cameron (Kuhn) is a heck of a player,” DiFranco said. “We tried to slow him down, but the rest of the team just kept knocking down shots.”
Miller’s second three of the night came from 50 feet at the close of the first quarter to give Vermilion a 20-18 lead.
Both teams fed off the long ball in the second quarter as Vermilion dropped in three triples and the Middies (4-3, 3-2) hit four to knot the score at 37-all at the half.
Rini hit the first two threes for Vermilion and Miller drained the third with 3:47 left in the half to tie the score at 31.
Davic and Grant Overy (14 points) each had a pair of threes with Davic’s second coming off a Tyler Pasenow steal to tie the game at the half.
Vermilion started the second half with an 11-5 run to build its largest lead of the night at 48-42 as Boyd scored three, Rini had two and Kuhn scored six on a pair of layups and a couple free throws.
Neither team scored for the next 2:27 until Davic dropped in two off a Dylan Eason assist to trim the advantage to 48-44 going to the fourth quarter.
“Our guard play has really gotten a lot better as the season goes along,” Davic said. “The guys did a great job of getting us the ball inside in position to get off shots. When they didn’t go at first, we were able to battle and get second chances.”
The Middies kept the momentum going in the fourth quarter with a 10-5 run to turn the scoreboard in their favor at 54-53 on a coast-to-coast steal and score for Eason.
Midview built on the lead until it led 65-57 with just under a minute left as Duffner and Davic combined for another seven points to provide enough cushion for the win.
“We just didn’t perform well offensively or defensively as a team tonight,” Sailors coach Kurt Habermehl said. “We didn’t share the ball on offense and we’re just going to have to go back to the drawing board because what we are doing just isn’t working right now.”
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Midview 68, Vermilion 63
MIDVIEW (63): Wes Davic 11-7 31, Matt Randolph 1-2 4, Steven Gott 2-0 4, Dylan Eason 1-0 2, Grant Overy 4-3 14, Kyle Warner 1-1 3, Tyler Pasenow 1-0 2, Jack Duffner 4-0 8. Totals 25-13 68.
VERMILION (63): Anthony Rini 4-0 11, Forrest Boyd 5-1 11, Ryan Miller 5-2 16, Cameron Kuhn 6-10 22, Seth Konrad 1-1 3. Totals 21-14 63.
Midview 18 19 7 22 — 68
Vermilion 20 17 11 15 — 63
Three-point goals: Midview 5-10 (50 percent); Vermilion 7-22 (33 percent). Field goals: Midview 25-53 (47 percent); Vermilion 21-51 (42 percent). Free throws: Midview 13-18 (72 percent); Vermilion 14-21 (67 percent). Rebounds: Midview 35; Vermilion 26. Turnovers: Midview 20; Vermilion 17. Fouled out: None.