February 9, 2016

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Girls basketball: Firelands good enough to topple Lutheran West

HENRIETTA TWP. — Firelands didn’t quite play to the level that coach Dave Kudela was hoping for Wednesday night when it hosted Lutheran West in a Patriot Athletic Conference crossover game. It turned out that the Falcons’ so-so performance was just good enough as they hung on to defeat the Longhorns 44-42. “We’re struggling a lot Read More…

Boys basketball: Avon’s Damantie Thornton proves to be a thorn in Avon Lake’s side with clutch play down the stretch

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AVON LAKE — Damantie Thornton made sure Avon’s first game in the Southwestern Conference was one to remember. Thornton, a 6-foot-2 guard, scored eight of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws with 5.9 seconds remaining to put the game away as the Eagles held on for a 55-53 road win. Read More…

Boys basketball: Paris Villanueva sinks 3-pointer with no time left to carry North Olmsted to 55-52 win over Midview

EATON TWP. — Paris is called the City for Lovers so maybe it just makes sense that it was Paris Villanueva who broke the hearts of the Midview Middies on Tuesday night. The Middies had just staged a dramatic rally to tie the game when North Olmsted’s 6-foot-1 senior guard took aim and connected from Read More…

Girls basketball: North Olmsted hits the boards, beats Lorain

LORAIN — North Olmsted went to work on the backboards in the second half, fended off two Lorain rallies and went home with a 34-24 non-conference win over Lorain on Monday night. The Eagles (3-1) got nine points each from the Kemp girls, senior Stephanie and junior Juliana, seven by Stephanie in the fourth quarter. Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic comes up big against Midview, wins DiFranco tournament title on first try

EATON TWP. — Phil Kuchta couldn’t have been more proud than he was Saturday night at Midview. The Elyria Catholic coach saw his diminutive team win the Bob DiFranco Tip-Off Tournament by clipping the host Middies 55-52. “To come over to this tournament and (win) with the quality of opponent,” Kuchta said. “We think this Read More…

Boys basketball: Keystone overcomes Columbia’s hot first half to take consolation game at DiFranco tournament

EATON TWP. — The consolation game at the 16th annual Bob DiFranco Tip-Off Tournament between Keystone and Columbia was a rare chance for two conference rivals to play without it counting in the league standings. Both teams played better than they did the previous night in losses, with the Wildcats rallying from an 11-point halftime Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria good enough, downs North Ridgeville

Elyria head coach Brett Larrick reacts in the third quarter against North Ridgeville. DAVID RICHARD / CHRONICLE

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Typical of season openers, Friday’s non-conference game between Elyria and North Ridgeville had a lot of good and bad. In the end, Elyria did enough good things to come away with a 61-51 victory but both teams showed plenty of promise in front of a good crowd. “First game, I thought our Read More…

Boys basketball: Elyria Catholic’s pressure defense does the job against Keystone at Bob DiFranco Tip-off Tournament

EATON TWP. — When Keystone was able to shoot the ball it got exactly what it wanted. Against Elyria Catholic’s press, however, getting shots off was the Wildcats’ biggest problem. The Panthers held Keystone to more turnovers than field goals in winning 66-54 in the opening game of the Bob DiFranco Tip-off Tournament at Midview Read More…

Boys basketball: Midview shakes off slow start to down Columbia, make it to final of own DiFranco tournament

EATON TWP. — After a dismal first quarter of basketball on both sides, it was Midview that righted its ship first Friday night. Erupting for 18 points in the second quarter and cementing the win with a 15-5 fourth-quarter advantage, the Middies advanced to the championship game of their own Bob DiFranco Tip-Off Tournament with Read More…

Boys basketball: North Olmsted bench comes up big vs. Bay

BAY VILLAGE — Point guard Kyle Wapshott out for the year. Cleveland State commit Andy Lucien, limited by a sprained ankle, in foul trouble. Ryan Coleman, too. No, things didn’t look good in the season opener for North Olmsted late in the first quarter. But then the Eagles turned to their unheralded supporting cast, and Read More…