OLMSTED TWP. — Teams facing Olmsted Falls this season must think they’re seeing triple.
Three minutes hadn’t yet elapsed in Friday night’s nonconference matchup between the Bulldogs and the Midview Middies, and Olmsted Falls coach Chris DeLisio already had sent three guys to the scorer’s table to check in.
In all, the Bulldogs went 11 deep — and that grows to 12 when the injured Sam Lombardo is in uniform — and they used each player’s strength to run away from the Middies in a 75-41 victory Friday.
“We’re trying to wear teams down, and we do that by causing chaos,” said Olmsted Falls’ Evan Burnell, who hit two straight threes in the Bulldogs’ second 10-0 run of the first quarter, after which they led 27-4. “When we’re in the game, our job is to play as hard as possible for that spurt, and raise our hands and get out. We’re all confident in each other doing that job.”
Backcourt mate Patrick Hynes scored eight straight in the first of those runs, and he and Burnell were two of five Bulldogs in double figures — Kevin Meehan (12), James Sabatka (11) and Adam Asadorian (10) being the others. This all came on a night when leading scorer Alex Mitchell was held scoreless, though he did pull down 10 rebounds.
In the second quarter, with Midview (5-2) having righted its ship and cut the lead to 14 after a Grant Overy run, 6-foot-3 slasher and four-year varsity player Adam Asadorian hit his second three of the quarter to give the Bulldogs (6-2) a 17-point halftime edge.
In the third, the Middies’ woes returned. They scored only two points through the first six-plus minutes of the quarter, and were outscored 25-9. The Bulldogs’ Ryan Sosic was the key contributor in the quarter, scoring all six of his points on a variety of interior moves.
“When our press works early, it sets the tone, no doubt,” said DeLisio, whose team suffered a tough defeat in the North Royalton Holiday Tournament to Bedford before rebounding in a win over Padua last weekend. “I’ve been on the other side of that type of game, where it snowballs on you after you commit some turnovers and give up easy baskets. I think that’s what happened.”
Lombardo is a week away from practicing after suffering a left ankle injury, and Hynes, who left in the second quarter after a collision at midcourt with Midview’s Matt Randolph, also suffered a left leg injury. DeLisio wasn’t sure on how much, if any, time Hynes may miss.
The Middies, meanwhile, dealt with a similarly deep team in the DiFranco Holiday Tournament championship game last Saturday, and beat Columbia. On Friday, though, they committed too many turnovers in the first half, and that fueled the Bulldogs run. Olmsted Falls scored 10 points off turnovers in the first quarter and added a handful more in the second.
“I was hoping that momentum from beating Columbia would carry over, but obviously it didn’t,” Midview coach Troy DiFranco said. “Olmsted Falls came out ready to play and we did not. They had their confidence up. I felt like we missed some easy ones early on, and when that happens shoulders slump and (the Bulldogs) start playing harder. It just got away from us.”
Overy led the Middies with 10, and Jack Duffner pulled down 13 rebounds.
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Olmsted Falls 75, Midview 41
MIDVIEW (41): Kyle Warner 1-0-2, Matt Randolph 1-2-4, Jacob Wells 2-2-6, Vince Blevins 1-0-2, Logan Bolin 1-0-2, Daimion Mahone 1-1-3, Grant Overy 3-3-10, Brett Zupancic 2-2-6, Jack Duffner 3-0-6. Totals 15-10-41.
OLMSTED FALLS (75): Patrick Hynes 4-0-10, James Sabatka 4-3-11, Evan Burnell 4-0-10, Ryan Hanna 2-0-5, Brian Kurz 2-0-4, Evan Manley 1-2-4, Adam Asadorian 3-2-10, Nick Fritz 1-0-3, Ryan Sosic 2-2-6, Kevin Meehan 5-2-12. Totals 28-11-75.
Midview 4 16 9 12 — 41
Olmsted Falls 27 10 25 13 — 75
Three-point goals: Midview 1-11 (Overy), Olmsted Falls 8-20 (Hynes 2, Burnell 2, Hanna, Asadorian 2, Fritz). Field goals: Midview 15-51 (29 percent), Olmsted Falls 28-58 (48 percent). Free throws: Midview 10-20 (50 percent), Olmsted Falls 11-16 (69 percent). Rebounds: Midview 33 (Duffner 13), Olmsted Falls 37 (Mitchell 10). Total fouls: Midview 16, Olmsted Falls 22. Turnovers: Midview 21, Olmsted Falls 11. Fouled out: None.
Junior varsity: Olmsted Falls, 50-25.