After handing Berea-Midpark its first loss of the season Tuesday night, the Bulldogs took their show on the road and knocked Westlake from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 66-59 Southwestern Conference win Friday night.
Olmsted Falls (13-2, 7-1) really got rolling in the third quarter when it scored more points than it did the entire first half thanks to eight straight three-point plays. The ’Dogs went 7-for-7 from 3-point range and converted the other the old-fashioned way.
“There’s nothing I think we could have done about hot shooting,” Westlake coach Shawn Hood said. “We had a game plan and I think we followed it. We tried to get out and challenge shots, but they’re a terrific shooting team. I told my guys at the end of the game we didn’t lose the game, they beat us. They’re a terrific team, they’re well-coached and if they shoot the ball that well they’re going to win a lot of games.”
Adam Asadorian came out of the locker room scorching. He only scored three points in the first half, but connected from downtown on the Bulldogs’ first four possessions and finished with a game-high 21 points.
When the 3-point barrage was over, Olmsted Falls had a 48-37 lead after trailing by four at halftime.
“We were just getting open shots every time because we were penetrating and kicking every time,” Asadorian said. “It’s easy when you get to square up and get a look at it.”
Westlake (11-1, 5-1) battled back to 57-54 with 4:52 remaining, but the Bulldogs managed to milk 1:46 off the clock on one possession. It did not result in any points, however, as Nick Fritz was called for a charging foul with 2:53 to play.
The Demons couldn’t capitalize because 14 seconds later Joe Hadib-Nissan was whistled for an offensive foul. Asadorian then converted a layup and a free throw to give the Bulldogs what looked to be a comfortable six-point lead.
Westlake’s Gavin Skelly had other plans. He snagged an offensive rebound after Connor Meek split a pair of free throws and converted a layup to get Westlake back within three.
“We were down and we all kind of came together,” Skelly said. “We were like, ‘If we can’t walk tomorrow, we can’t walk tomorrow, let’s kill our bodies and let’s do it.’”
On Westlake’s next possession, Skelly brought the Demons within one with another hard-earned layup at the 1:56 mark, but that’s as close as Westlake got. Olmsted Falls converted its free throws down the stretch to put the Demons away.
Skelly posted a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds while Hadib-Nissan had 16 points. Skelly shot 5-of-9 from the field and Olmsted Falls routinely forced the imposing 6-foot-9 center to pass out of the post, collapsing on him whenever he got the ball.
“You’re not going to stop Gavin, obviously, he’s an outstanding player,” Olmsted Falls coach Chris DeLisio said. “The best we can hope for is make him work the whole game and maybe eventually it takes its toll on a kid who’s that good.”
Anthony Trujillo added 15 points off the Westlake bench, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the half to give the Demons a 28-24 lead.
He, Skelly and Hadib-Nissan combined for all of the Demon’s first-half points. Meek scored the first seven Westlake points of the third quarter and finished with 10.
Sam Lombardo and Alex Mitchell also hit double figures for the Bulldogs with 13 and 12 points. Lombardo and Kevin Meehan tied for the team-high in rebounds with four.
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Olmsted Falls 66, Westlake 59
OLMSTED FALLS (66): Alex Mitchell 5-0-12, Adam Asadorian 6-4-21, James Sabatka 1-1-4, Sam Lombardo 4-4-13, Nick Fritz 2-2-6, Patrick Hynes 1-0-2, Evan Burnell 0-0-0, Kevin Meehan 2-0-4, Ryan Sosic 2-0-4, Evan Manley 0-0-0. Totals 23-11-66.
WESTLAKE (59): Connor Meek 3-3-10, Cameron Brown 0-0-0, Gavin Skelly 5-5-15, Joe Hadib-Nissan 7-2-16, Makis Beach 1-0-3, Anthony Trujillo 6-1-15, Josh Gibson 0-0-0, Andris Balodis 0-0-0, Danny Slavik 0-0-0. Totals 22-11-59.
Olmsted Falls 13 11 28 14 — 66
Westlake 10 18 15 16 — 59
Three-point goals: Olmsted Falls 9-22 (Asadorian 5, Mitchell 2, Lombardo, Sabatka), Westlake 4-12 (Trujillo 2, Meek, Beach). Field goals: Olmsted Falls 23-43 (53 percent), Westlake 22-44 (50 percent). Free throws: Olmsted Falls 11-16 (69 percent), Westlake 11-16 (69 percent). Rebounds: Olmsted Falls 15 (Lombardo 4, Meehan 4), Westlake 25 (Skelly 14). Total fouls: Olmsted Falls 17, Westlake 18. Fouled out: Hadib-Nissan. Turnovers: Olmsted Falls 8, Westlake 11.
Junior varsity: Olmsted Falls, 52-41