The 2013-14 boys basketball season will be remembered as the year the Olmsted Falls program returned to prominence.
The Bulldogs played for the Southwestern Conference title, won 18 games and watched an 11-man rotation mature while wreaking havoc on opponents all season.
Now it appears Olmsted Falls’ season will be remembered for more than those accomplishments.
Senior Adam Asadorian, a four-year varsity player, has unofficially broken an Ohio High School Athletic Association record for best 3-point percentage in a single season.
Asadorian connected on 65 of 120 3-pointers — 54.2 percent — this season, besting the mark of 53.8 percent set in 1987-88 season by Jeff Miller of Tipp City Tippecanoe. Miller connected on 56 of 104 attempts that season.
Coach Chris DeLisio told Asadorian of the record after the team’s final regular-season game, a narrow loss at Berea-Midpark. Asadorian told his parents, but he and DeLisio kept it quiet so as to not alert potential playoff opponents to his proficiency.
“The record is a small thing from the season, because we had a great season as a team overall,” said Asadorian, who is gearing up for the Bulldogs’ baseball season. “At the end of the day, it’s a really cool accomplishment, but I’ll remember my teammates, coaches and our fans more.”
The OHSAA warns that these records are unofficial, but of the stats submitted to the state’s high school sports governing body, Asadorian will be ranked atop the list once the organization approves paperwork submitted by DeLisio and athletic director Rob Coxon.
For the 3-point-percentage record, players must have attempted 100 long-range shots during the season.
Most gratifying for DeLisio is that Asadorian endured the program’s most difficult times. The Bulldogs went 4-17 in 2011 when Asadorian was about 4 inches shorter than his current 6-foot-3 build. Since then, DeLisio said, Asadorian was in the Bulldogs gym before school perfecting his shot while also working on other facets of his game — rebounding, passing, becoming a better screener and more.
Asadorian’s growth mirrors the program’s — the Bulldogs went 8-14 in 2012 and 11-13 last year, before gelling and making a run at the conference and district crowns. This year Asadorian was the focal point of many defenses, but still excelled not only in scoring at key times — including 20 in an intense, close loss at Berea in what was essentially the SWC title game — but with the little things as well.
“You love to see this type of honor and success for a kid who has worked so hard,” DeLisio said of Asadorian, who averaged 12.5 points this season. “He’s earned everything he has gotten. This has not been by accident. To see his development has been exciting for everyone in the program.”
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