OBERLIN — There never was too much doubt about the winner of Tuesday’s non-conference game between Elyria and Oberlin at Phillips Gymnasium on the campus of Oberlin College.
The Pioneers won 75-42 by running out to a 10-0 advantage over the first four minutes.
Elyria (11-3) closed out the quarter on a 13-0 run and began the second with seven more unanswered points for a 33-6 lead. Oberlin fell to 4-10.
If nothing else, it gave coach Brett Larrick an opportunity to get everyone some playing time.
“We really went light (Monday) in practice,” Larrick said. “Our legs were really heavy from those games Friday and Saturday (against Normandy and Elyria Catholic) using just seven guys. We were a little worried coming out if we were going to sleep walk. We really talked about effort and getting after it to start the game.”
Elyria did just that. Isaiah Walton, who’s been on quite a roll, scored eight points the first quarter and assisted on a couple more baskets. He had a game-high 20 points but AJ Johnson (14 points, six rebounds) and Hunter Parsh (12 points) provided support, as did Trenell Oliver with 13 rebounds.
Walton has scored 106 points over the last four games.
Larrick used 14 players and 11 scored.
“I was really glad to see them get a chance,” Johnson said of the reserves who got to play. “We’ve had a good week or so of practice, and after the EC game, it was good to have one like this.”
“It was a good win,” said Parsh, who hit four 3-pointers. “We tried to stay fundamental on defense and do our best.”
Oberlin fought hard and never quit. Charles Lewis, one of the few veterans returning from last year’s district championship team, led the Phoenix with 20 points.
“I thought our kids played harder this game,” Oberlin’s Kurt Russell said. “(Elyria) had a little too much firepower. It’s a bigger school. We just couldn’t match up with Isaiah and the other shooters that they had.”
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Elyria 75, Oberlin 42
ELYRIA (75): Hunter Parsh 4-0-12, Isaiah Walton 6-6-20, Anthony Duckett 2-1-6, Trenell Oliver 3-0-6, AJ Johnson 7-0-14, Marquise Dalton 1-0-2, Chris Jamison 1-1-3, Chris Yates 0-2-2, Howie Smith 1-0-2, Bobby Russell 3-0-6, Chris Atkinson 0-0-0, Kyle Ringer 1-0-2, Antonio Blanton 0-0-0, Nate Marks 0-0-0. Totals 29-10-75.
OBERLIN (42): Marvin Jackson 1-0-2, Charles Lewis 8-2-20, Jae’Lin Moore 1-0-2, Dante LaRiccia 3-2-8, Malcolm Allen 2-2-8, Sam Levine 1-0-2, Nick Pfifer 0-0-0, Donald Johnson 0-0-0, David Payne 0-0-0, Zion Hicks 0-0-0. Totals 16-6-42.
Elyria 26 19 11 19 — 75
Oberlin 6 16 12 8 — 42
Three-point goals: Elyria 7-13 (Parsh 4, Walton 2, Duckett), Oberlin 4-14 (Lewis 2, Allen 2). Field goals: Elyria 29-51 (57 percent), Oberlin 16-51 (31 percent). Free throws: Elyria 10-14 (71 percent), Oberlin 6-8 (75 percent). Rebounds: Elyria 39 (Oliver 13), Oberlin 22 (Jackson, Lewis, Moore 4). Turnovers: Elyria 16, Oberlin 13. Fouls: Elyria 9, Oberlin 12.
Junior varsity: Elyria, 57-32