EATON TWP. — Eight minutes and two seconds.
That’s all it took for Olmsted Falls to completely unravel Wednesday night against an opportunistic and lightning-quick Berea-Midpark, 72-48, at the Midview Division I district semifinal.
The Titans rolled up a 25-2 advantage from the 1:07 mark of the third quarter to 1:05 left in the game to turn a squeaky-tight contest into a rout. Berea-Midpark (21-3) will take on tonight’s Lakewood-St. Ignatius winner Saturday afternoon for a trip to the Sweet 16. Olmsted Falls’ season ends at 16-8.
“It was a combination of the turnovers and the missed shots,” said Falls coach Chris DeLisio. “One thing Berea does a great job with — they convert off of their misses. They rebound the ball and Alex Brown is down the floor before you can catch him.
“We didn’t hit shots. We went cold, and I think it just snowballed from there.”
A three-point play by Falls’ Ryan Sosic pulled the Bulldogs to within a point, 45-44, as time wound down in the third quarter. Up to that point a jam-packed crowd at Midview had been treated to a back-and-forth nail-biter with neither team able to grab any kind of momentum.
That all changed when Berea-Midpark closed out the third quarter with a dunk from 6-foot-11 junior Nolan Gerrity and a lay-in by Brown to start Falls on its downfall.
Brown scored 23 points, Gerrity 18 and Devon Posey 14 and the three combined for 21 of those in the fourth quarter. Posey collected 12 rebounds and Gerrity 10 in leading Berea-Midpark on a fast-break feast.
“We haven’t played a 2-3 zone all year,” said Titan coach Duke Barther. “We scouted Olmsted Falls, and they struggled against it. We put it in three days ago, worked on it a half-hour a day. The one thing we noticed in practice was it put our guards in position where we want them offensively.”
After turning the ball over just five times in the first half and never in the third quarter, Olmsted Falls couldn’t do anything right to start the fourth against the zone. Meanwhile, the Titans were nine-of-16 for the quarter in field goals and got to the foul line eight times, converting seven.
Patrick Hynes led the Bulldog scoring with 16 points.
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Berea-Midpark 72, Olmsted Falls 48
OLMSTED FALLS (48): Sam Lombardo 1-0-2, Alex Mitchell 3-1-8, Adam Asadorian 1-2-5, Patrick Hynes 6-0-16, James Sabatka 1-0-2, Brian Kurz 1-0-2, Evan Burnell 0-0-0, Kevin Meehan 0-0-0, Ryan Hanna 0-0-0, Troy Hurrell 0-0-0, Tony Kleem 0-0-0, Evan Manley 0-0-0, Ryan Sosic 4-1-10, Nick Fritz 1-0-3. Totals 18-4-48.
BEREA-MIDPARK (72): Alex Brown 10-2-23, Mitchell Schuller 3-2-11, Devon Posey 5-3-13, Doktaviousa Coker1-0-3, Nolan Gerrity 8-2-18, Joey Bachie 1-1-3, Shelton Jackson 0-0-0, Stephen Evans Paci 0-0-0, Marlon Robertson 0-0-0, Nick Gassman 0-0-0. Totals 28-10-72.
Olmsted Falls 12 16 16 4 — 48
Berea-Midpark 13 16 20 23 — 72
Three-point goals: Olmsted Falls 8-29 (Hynes 4, Mitchell, Asadorian, Sosic, Fritz), Berea-Midpark 6-13 (Schuller 3, Brown, Posey, Coker). Field goals: Olmsted Falls 18-56 (32 percent). Berea-Midpark 28-54 (52 percent). Free throws: Olmsted Falls 4-5 (80 percent). Berea-Midpark 10-17 (59 percent). Rebounds: Olmsted Falls 26 (Asadorian 6), Berea-Midpark 43 (Posey 12). Turnovers: Olmsted Falls 11, Berea-Midpark 12. Fouls: Olmsted Falls 12, Berea-Midpark 4.