EATON TWP. — Midview’s 66-57 win over Columbia wasn’t so much about exacting revenge from a loss in last year’s Bob DiFranco Memorial Tournament championship. Nor was it about claiming the holiday title for the second time in three years.
Instead it was about Middies coach Troy DiFranco wanting to find an identity for his boys basketball team as Midview (5-4) nears the midpoint of the season. Saturday, the squad did exactly that in upsetting the Raiders (7-2) and pushing forward as the team starts to focus on league play.
“I’m just really proud of our team and the team effort they showed,” said DiFranco of the school’s fourth event title. “I can single out a ton of kids.
“We had guys diving on the floor. We had kids going after loose balls. I think we did a good job with their pressure. We were making the extra pass and making layups.”
Whether it was Jacob Wells (13 points, eight rebounds), Matt Randolph (11 points, seven assists), Daimion Mahone (10 points, seven rebounds) or Grant Overy (10 points) getting it done, it seemed every time DiFranco needed one of his Middies to step up, they did.
Using the team concept, Midview really put the game away at the beginnings of the third and fourth quarters. After being down by as many as eight in the first quarter, the Middies scratched back to take a 29-27 lead at intermission.
Midview scored 10 of the first 15 points in the third quarter and 11 of the first 13 in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
“It frustrated them a lot,” Wells said. “The whole team fed off that and it helped us finish the game out.”
Midview did just that, taking 13-point leads on four different occasions as it stepped up its defense and held a Columbia team that shot 45 percent (9-of-20) in the first half to 32 percent (10-of-31) the rest of the way.
“They won all the intangibles,” Raiders coach Larry Babics said. “The loose balls, the rebounding, we were just a step slow all night. Tonight the better team won.
“They just played harder. They played smarter and won the game. It was missed opportunities. You have 32 minutes to prove your point. We’re 7-2, but we’re not playing well.”
While Jay Banyasz (18 points, seven rebounds) and David Delahunty (13 points, five rebounds) had strong games for Columbia, the Middies were content on making someone else beat them.
The Raiders couldn’t and now Midview turns its attention to West Shore Conference action with a ton of confidence.
“This is what we talked about after tryouts,” Mahone said. “We set our goal for this very moment.”
In Saturday’s opener, Amherst was able to win the consolation final with an 81-51 drubbing of Cloverleaf.
The Comets (4-5) used some strong pressure defense and strong outings from Garrett Klekota and Adam Srnis. Amherst forced 10 first-quarter turnovers to jump out to a 17-3 lead and never looked back.
Srnis hit six 3-pointers to finish with a game-high 25 points and added a team-high seven rebounds. Klekota added 16 and hit the 1,000-point mark of his career with a 3-pointer with 2:59 left in the second quarter. The senior now has 1,013 career
Brandon Hansen led Cloverleaf (1-8) with 16 points, while Dillon Mullins added 13.
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Midview 66, Columbia 57
COLUMBIA (57): Kevin Simon 2-0-6, Michael Boey 3-0-8, David Delahunty 4-2-13, Jay Banyasz 6-4-18, Brandon Severo 1-2-5, Michael
Hershey 1-0-3, Brandon Heidecker 2-0-4, Josh Gibson 0-0-0. Totals 19-8-57.
MIDVIEW (66): Daimion Mahone 3-3-10, Logan Bolin 2-4-8, Jack Duffner 2-0-4, Grant Overy 5-0-10, Matt Randolph 3-4-11, Jacob Wells 5-2-13, Brett Zupancic 1-1-3, Kyle Warner 2-2-7, Vince Blevins 0-0-0. Totals 23-16-66.
Columbia 16 11 9 21 — 57
Midview 11 18 12 25 — 66
Three-point goals: Columbia (Delahunty 3, Simon 2, Boey 2, Banyasz), Midview (Mahone, Randolph, Wells, Warner). Field goals: Columbia 19-50 (38 percent), Midview 23-52 (44 percent). Free throws: Columbia 8-15 (53 percent); Midview 16-23 (70 percent). Rebounds: Columbia 26, Midview 30. Turnovers: Columbia 12, Midview 15.
Amherst 81, Cloverleaf 51
CLOVERLEAF (51): Andrew Jarrett 1-0-2, Troy Kapeluck 2-2-6, Dillon Mullins 6-1-13, Adam Podolak 1-2-4, Ryan O’Callaghan 3-1-9, Braedon Hansen 6-0-16, Damian Tripp 0-1-1, Matt Geig 0-0-0, AJ Timken 0-0-0, Garrison Flora 0-0-0. Totals 19-7-51.
AMHERST (81): Garrett Klekota 5-5-16, Rees Raus 4-2-11, Anthony Eliopoulos 2-4-8, Adam Serrano 1-0-2, Adam Srnis 9-1-25, Casey McConhie 4-1-9, Danny Fortney 4-2-10, Shane Derricotte 0-0-0. Totals 29-15-81.
Cloverleaf 3 21 12 15 — 51
Amherst 17 19 22 23 — 81
Three-point goals: Cloverleaf (Hansen 4, O’Callaghan 2), Amherst (Srnis 6, Klekota, McConhie). Field goals: Cloverleaf 19-56 (34 percent); Amherst 29-57 (51 percent). Free throws: Cloverleaf 7-15 (47 percent); Amherst 15-18 (83 percent). Rebounds: Cloverleaf 40, Amherst 37. Turnovers: Cloverleaf 23, Amherst 11.