GRAFTON — Avon’s offense spun round and round in an attempt to get the last shot and Brian Kelly delivered from midrange with 9.2 seconds left. Wes Davic’s attempt to tie the game for Midview spun round and round the rim and popped out, allowing Avon to escape with a 43-41 West Shore Conference victory Friday night.
“We wanted to take the last shot and I actually took it too early,” Kelly said. “I gave them too much time.”
Davic had a tough look from midrange and fired off what looked like a great shot. The rim, however, showed Midview (5-7, 3-4) no mercy. The senior led all scorers with 20 and all rebounders with 15.
“I tried to create space and got enough to get it off,” Davic said. “It is what it is.
“We came out of halftime strong. We just have to learn how to finish. Avon knows how to slow it down and they’re very patient. That definitely frustrated us.”
Avon’s (7-4, 5-2) offense started slow, scoring nine points in the first and second quarters. Jack Poyle, one of the Eagles’ best scorers, was held without a point, but Kelly kept the Eagles afloat with seven points. He finished with 15.
“We just talked to Jack and explained that he doesn’t need to do everything for the team,” Avon coach Kevin Sapara said. “He’s just so anxious out there. But that’s what great players do. He learned from his mistake and adjusted in the second half.”
Poyle woke up in the second, scoring 10 points.
At halftime, the Midview dance team threw powder on the floor LeBron James style as part of its dance routine. The cleanup added about 20 minutes to the halftime session, which may have helped Poyle’s turnaround.
“We were able to get more shots for guys who weren’t making shots,” Kelly said. “They got better rhythm down.”
Midview took a 40-34 lead with 4:14 left. After Avon’s A.J. Kistler missed two free throws, Jordan Lawrence snagged the biggest of his eight rebounds and kicked it out to Kelly, who connected from 3-point range.
“That was one of the biggest possessions of the game,” Midview coach Troy DiFranco said. “Kelly was hot and we just kept letting him shoot.”
Poyle drained a three on the next possession to tie the game at 40 and the Eagles ultimately closed the game on a 9-1 run.
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Avon 43, Midview 41
AVON (43): Cordell Winters 2-2-6, A.J. Kistler 3-0-7, Matt Lawrence 0-0-0, Brian Kelly 6-1-15, Jack Poyle 3-2-10, Jordan Lawrence 1-0-2, Walter Rauterkus 0-0-0, Zach Gill 1-0-3, Brad Sprecher 0-0-0, Zack Torbert 0-0-0, Mike Pulice 0-0-0. Totals 16-5-43.
MIDVIEW (41): Steven Gott 0-0-0, Matt Randolph 0-0-0, Wes Davic 6-8-20, Grant Overy 2-2-8, Devin Dombrowski 1-1-4, Dylan Eason 2-0-4, Tyler Pasenow 2-0-4, Jack Duffner 0-1-1, Mac McCray 0-0-0, Kyle Warner 0-0-0. Totals 13-12-41.
Avon 9 9 13 12 — 43
Midview 7 12 13 9 — 41
Three-point goals: Avon 6 (Kelly 2, Poyle 2, Kistler, Gill), Midview 3 (Overy 2, Dombrowski); Field goals: Avon 16-41 (39 percent), Midview 13-39 (33 percent); Free throws: Avon 5-10 (50 percent), Midview 12-17 (71 percent); Rebounds: Avon 21 (J. Lawrence 8), Midview 27 (Davic 14); Turnovers: Avon 7, Midview 9. Total fouls: Avon 15, Midview 11; Fouled out: M. Lawrence.
Junior varsity: Midview, 37-29