LORAIN — Lorain High coach Andy Bastock got one look at what the Collinwood Railroaders could do against a man-to-man defense and quickly reverted to a zone in Tuesday night’s non-league match-up in Lorain.
The plan worked as the Titans (11-5) held Collinwood (12-6) to 6 of 22 shooting from 3-point range in a 68-51 victory over their guests from the Cleveland Senate League. Lorain also tried slowing down the tempo, which forced Collinwood into 12 first-half turnovers.
“They’re a little smaller than us, a little quicker than us and they play in a league where they do a lot of running and gunning,” said Bastock. “They want a high-tempo, sloppy game, so I wanted to play a little bit more of a controlled tempo, use our size advantage a little bit and slow them down. As a team, they don’t shoot the 3-ball real well, so I wanted to make them rely on that if I could.”
“We didn’t execute,” Collinwood coach Paul Greene said. “We’ve faced so many zones this year because a lot of people don’t want to man-up with us. John Hay zoned up. Lincoln West, (John) Marshall, they were coming right out in a zone. The most important things when it comes to winning a basketball game are taking care of the basketball and keeping them off the glass.”
With playing a zone defense against a team that likes to utilize a quick tempo, boxing out and rebounding help to limit possessions for the opponent and Lorain held a 47-28 edge on the glass. Individually, juniors Jerome Golson and Thomas Winbush took control of the rebounds.
Golson finished with nine points and 14 rebounds, while Winbush corralled 10 boards. Sophomore forward Louis Cheers added three rebounds and scored 12 points.
“Jerome was big on the boards and he really controlled the glass well for us when their coach got on them and made sure they were crashing the boards hard,” Bastock said. “He was able to maintain his edge in there.
“Cheers and Winbush are really coming around well,” he added. “I think this was a defining game for them and what the future could hold for them. I think they showed us a little glimpse of what they can be, especially next year when we have them.”
Offensively, junior guard Michael Davila led Lorain with 17 points. He hit three 3-pointers, including two in the third quarter, and helped ice the game with a 6 of 6 performance from the free-throw line in the fourth.
“I was just getting open,” Davila said of his second-half 3-pointers. “The whole first half, they didn’t really guard me as tightly, so I just started getting open and taking the shots.”
Though Tuesday night’s win was nice, the Titans had no time to enjoy it. They travel to East Cleveland on Friday for a Lake Erie League game against the Shaw Cardinals.
“We got them at our place and they’ve been kind of on a rough slide since then; I think they lost six or seven in a row and they’re kind of struggling,” Bastock said. “They’re trying to find themselves right now and we hope to take advantage of that. We know who we are and what we do and we’re going to go into Shaw knowing that.
“We played Shaw very similar to the way we played Collinwood, with a lot of 2-3 zone, but they have a couple better shooters and a few more shooters.”
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Lorain 68, Collinwood 51
COLLINWOOD (51): Brandon Stovall 10-0-24, DeVonte Brown 1-0-2, Tyrique Torian 4-4-13, Gerrell Hanson 1-1-4, Jeff Jackson 2-0-4, Denzell Anderson 2-0-4. Totals 20-5-51.
LORAIN (68): Tevin Jones 3-0-6, Theron Nelson 2-2-6, A.J. Craighead 4-0-10, Michael Davila 4-6-17, Rashard Cannon 0-1-1, Thomas Winbush 2-1-5, Jerome Golson 3-3-9, Brandon Davis 1-0-2, Louis Cheers 6-0-12. Totals 25-13-68.
Collinwood 10 11 19 11 — 51
Lorain 15 15 19 19 — 68
Three-point goals: Collinwood 6-22 (Stovall-4, Torian, Hanson-1 each), Lorain 5-13 (Davila-3, Craighead-2). Field goals: Collinwood 20-53 (37.7 percent), Lorain 25-62 (40.3 percent). Free throws: Collinwood 5-9 (55.6 percent), Lorain 13-17 (76.5 percent). Rebounds: Collinwood 28, Lorain 47. Turnovers: Collinwood 15, Lorain 13. Fouled out: None.
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