EUCLID — The Medina boys basketball team’s Greater Cleveland Conference losing streak reached 12 Friday as Euclid came out on top 65-52.
As was the case in a non-league game against Lorain on Tuesday, poor shooting was a culprit behind a slow start that put the Bees (4-11, 0-8) behind 35-16 at halftime.
“We stopped counting at 16 missed layups,” Medina coach Chris Hassinger said. “We had plenty of opportunities to score there and, I don’t know if it was their length, their size or the pressure, but we missed a lot of easy shots.”
Aside from its shortcomings, Medina was at the mercy of a dynamic offense executed by the Panthers (7-7, 4-4). In particular, 6-foot-2 senior Emari Baddour had 20 points, seven rebounds and an assist.
“Yeah, (Baddour) shot it really well,” said Hassinger. “You know, you’ve got to pick your poison with some of these teams because they have so many good players, and tonight was his night.”
Junior forward Reginald Priah was also a nuisance for the Bees, racking up 16 points, eight rebounds and a team-high five steals. Sophomore guard Garvin Clarke had 24 points at Medina on Dec. 8 but only four this time around.
Euclid’s size proved to be a difference-maker, as it won the rebounding battle 34-27. The Bees countered with 6-7 Tyler Kaminski (10 points) and 6-5 Drew Terrion, as the pair combined for 12 boards.
Medina won second half 36-30 with solid free-throw shooting (15-for-19 overall) and the hot hand of Drew Hassinger (11 points, 7 in second half).
“I was really happy with the way we competed in the second half and how hard the kids played,” Chris Hassinger. “(Drew Hassinger) did a nice job. When he gets some space, he can knock down shots for us and we were lucky to have other guys find him.”
Medina will get its next chance to end the GCC losing streak Tuesday at home against Elyria (8-7, 3-5). Hassinger remains confident in his team’s resolve.
“You know what? I don’t have to tell these guys a lot of anything because they’re such competitors and such winners,” Hassinger said. “They come into practice every day competing, tough and with great attitudes. So I’m pretty fortunate.”
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Euclid 65, Medina 52
MEDINA 7 9 15 21 — 52
EUCLID 15 20 21 9 — 65
Medina — Dylan Fultz 2-1-5, Dylan O’Dear 1-1-4, Tyler Kaminski 4-2-10, Kyle Szumski 0-2-2, Colin Szumski 0-1-1, Dillon Frederick 1-6-8, Tay Gauthier 2-0-5, Drew Hassinger 4-0-11, Corey Tripp 0-2-2, Daniel Terrion 2-0-4. TOTALS: 16-15-52.
Euclid — Reginald Priah 6-2-16, Octavious Hardy 2-2-7, Emari Baddour 7-5-20, Garvin Clarke 2-0-4, William Saunders 1-1-3, Mario Lacy 1-1-3, Travis Sanders 1-0-3, Latrayl Alexander-Davis 3-2-9, Maximilian White 0-0-0, Deontae Davis 0-0-0, Jaron Cook 0-0-0. TOTALS: 23-13-65.
3-point goals — Hassinger 3, O’Dear, Gauthier, Priah 2, Hardy, Baddour, Alexander-Davis, T. Saunders. Rebounds — Medina 27 (Kaminski 7), Euclid 34 (Priah 8). Assists — Medina 5 (C. Szumski 2), Euclid 8 (W. Saunders, Sanders 2). Records — Medina (4-11, 0-8), Euclid (7-7, 4-4). Junior varsity — Medina 49, Euclid 54.