November 23, 2014

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Boys basketball: Midview uses depth, balance to down Wellington

Midview's Matt Randolph shoots over Wellington's Joey Holliday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Midview’s Matt Randolph shoots over Wellington’s Joey Holliday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

EATON TWP. — Depth and balance are always important ingredients on the basketball floor.

With that in mind, Midview (1-1) could be in for a nice season.

On Tuesday, the Middies used that formula to beat Wellington 62-46 at Kubuski Gym. The Dukes fell for the second time in as many outings.

“We just try to run in a lot of bodies and try to wear them down a little bit,” said Midview coach Troy DiFranco, who used 10 players primarily. “That coupled with (Dylan) Kidd being in foul trouble … we were able to get some turnovers and get them out of sync.”

Kidd, Wellington’s leading scorer, picked up three quick first-half fouls and Midview had contributions up and down the lineup. Sophomore Daimion Mahone led the way with 19 points — including eight of 10 free throws — but four others scored at least six points.

Sophomore Jacob Wells chipped in 13 and grabbed seven rebounds to share that stat lead with junior Brett Zupanic.

“We wanted to get the first win on our home court,” said Mahone. “We’re trying to go undefeated on our home court this year.”

Wellington began the game in good shape. The Dukes hit their first six shots from the field to take a 13-5 lead, but it was
short-lived. Midview outscored Wellington 26-7 the remainder of the half.

“We came out and played with some energy,” Wellington coach Dan Gundert said. “I was proud of our guys for that. They responded, but they just have to realize they’ve got to do that for the entire game.”

Midview scored 10 unanswered points to close out the first quarter and start the second, taking a 19-15 lead it never relinquished. Wellington didn’t score from the two-minute mark of the first quarter until Joey Holiday hit a bucket with only 3:10 left in the half.

“They had a great start,” said DiFranco. “Luckily, we were able to weather the storm.”

“That hurts against a good, fundamental team,” Gundert said. “We were stuck on 15 forever. We got out of our flow of the offense. That’s when we hit our low spots.”

Kidd scored 24 for Wellington and had five rebounds in spite of his early foul trouble. Adam Berry contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.

Contact Tim Gebhardt at 329-7135 or timothygeb@msn.com. Follow him on Twitter @gebby67.

Midview 62, Wellington 46

WELLINGTON (46): Dylan Kidd 8-6-24, JuJuan Howard 0-0-0, Joey Holliday 4-1-9, Adam Berry 4-2-10, Bryce Gibbs 0-0-0, Matt Bullock 0-0-0, Daryn Broadwater 0-0-0, Chase Bealer 0-1-1, Trey Bealer 0-2-2. Totals 16-12-46.

MIDVIEW (62): Kyle Warner 3-2-9, Matt Randolph 3-0-7, Daimion Mahone 5-8-19, Grant Overy 0-2-2, Jack Duffner 0-0-0, Logan Bolin 3-0-6, Jacob Wells 6-0-13, Vince Blevins 1-0-2, Brett Zupanic 0-4-4, Ryan Miller 0-0-0, Dimitri Redwood 0-0-0, Garret Overy 0-0-0. Totals 21-16-62.

Wellington 15 5 13 13 — 46
Midview 12 19 13 18 — 62

Three-point goals: Wellington 2-9 (Kidd 2), Midview 4-14 (Warner, Randolph, Mahone, Wells). Field goals: Wellington 16-35 (46 percent), Midview 21-56 (37.5 percent). Free throws: Wellington 12-20 (60 percent), Midview 16-23 (70 percent). Rebounds: Wellington 31 (Berry 8), Midview 29 (Wells, Zupanic 7). Turnovers: Wellington 24, Midview 11. Total fouls: Wellington 19, Midview 20. Technical Foul: Grant Overy.

Junior varsity: Midview, 54-22.