MEDINA — It could have been the Lorain boys basketball team’s length or the fact Medina was playing its third game in five nights and the back end of two straight.
Whatever it was, the Bees scored a season low Tuesday in a 61-37 non-conference loss.
Lorain (10-2) frustrated Medina (4-10) into bad shooting and used fantastic pressure defense to force 19 turnovers in a contest that was decided by halftime.
“Here’s the thing: You could tell there was a fatigue factor,” Bees coach Chris Hassinger said. “We missed some easy buckets around the basket. We had some wide-open threes that we usually hit. Shoot, Drew (Hassinger) and Tayvion (Gauthier) are hitting at 40 percent and they had some wide-open looks where they make those shots. You could just tell fatigue was the big factor.”
Fatigue and pressure forced Medina into a 12-for-36 night in which it made only three 3-pointers. No one scored in double figures, with Dylan Fultz (9), Colin Szumski (9) and Kyle Szumski (8) coming close.
Medina was held to eight points in each of the first three quarters and 13 in the fourth.
“They’re really big and athletic,” Chris Hassinger said. “You don’t realize it until you shake hands with them. Everyone is 6-foot-3 across the board. I think the biggest thing that took the wind out of our sails was that we were competing early but couldn’t hit any shots.
“You have that little bit of energy to start the game and now your shots aren’t falling. They weren’t falling from the perimeter and now you start panicking.”
A lot of that had to do with 6-6 post Taevon Pierre-Louis (22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists) and guard Devon Grant (17, 7, 4). The two meshed with the rest of Lorain’s defense to force Medina into a 6-for-19 first half that put the Bees down 27-16.
“When you get a good team that’s angry, you see what happens,” Titans coach John Rositano said. “We came out here and we defended them really well tonight. We made every shot difficult. We contested every shot. We’ve prided ourselves for years on defense and rebounding the basketball, and I thought that we did a good job of that tonight.”
Length has been an issue for Medina this season, as only 6-7 Tyler Kaminski and 6-1 Kyle Szumski are taller than 6-0 among regular rotational players.
It led to the Titans controlling the boards 39-27.
“There’s lot of technique in checking out,” Chris Hassinger said. “There’s a lot of want. You have to want the ball more than the other guy. Sometimes when you’re tired and the other guy’s there before you, you give up. There were multiple times where we both had hands on the ball. You have to fight for it. You have to fight for every opportunity because they’re such a good team.”
That was evident in the fact Jordan Jackson (10), Pierre-Louis, Grant, Levell Hall and Kameron Davis all had five or more rebounds.
“We were a little bit fatigued, but it isn’t an excuse,” Colin Szumski said. “It was definitely tough because we weren’t getting many opportunities and had to dig it out at their end to get another shot.”
Doug Sartain (16 points) again led the way for the Medina junior varsity in a 54-44 win.
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Lorain 61, Medina 37
LORAIN 16 11 15 19 — 61
MEDINA 8 8 8 13 — 37
Lorain — Jordan Jackson 1-0-3, Jodeci Crite 3-0-6, Taevon Pierre-Louis 8-5-22, David Weatherington 0-0-0, Devon Grant 7-0-17, Levell Hall 4-1-9, Jaiden Sledge 0-0-0, Aden Brown 1-0-2, Kameron Davis 1-0-2. TOTALS: 25-6-61.
Medina — Dylan Fultz 4-0-9, Dillon Friedrick 0-0-0, Tyler Kaminski 0-0-0, Kyle Szumski 3-2-8, Colin Szumski 2-3-9, Drew Hassinger 1-2-4, Tay Gauthier 0-0-0, Dylan O’Dear 1-0-2, Corey Tripp 1-3-5, Brandon Geschke 0-0-0, Daniel Terrion 0-0-0, Doug Sartain 0-0-0, Sam Peacock 0-0-0. TOTALS: 12-10-37.
3-point goals — Grant 3, Pierre-Louis, Jackson, C. Szumski 2, Fultz. Rebounds — Lorain 39 (Jackson 10), Medina 27 (C. Szumski, Kaminski 6). Assists — Lorain 17 (Jackson, Grant 4), Records — Lorain (10-2), Medina (4-10). Junior varsity — Medina 54, Lorain 44.