GRANGER TWP. — In the last game a Nance family member plays against Highland — at least in this generation — senior Pete Nance made sure to leave his mark.
The 6-foot-10 youngest son of former Cavalier Larry Nance had 12 of his 14 points in the first half and scored or assisted on his squad’s first 15 points as Revere’s boys basketball team avenged a loss to Highland with a 49-33 drubbing Friday in Suburban League American Conference action.
Nance and junior Chris Richardson (13 points, 5 rebounds) combined for every point as the Minutemen (8-4, 5-3) led 21-8 at halftime. Just as important as his offense, Nance helped key a defense that forced Highland (9-6, 6-2) to miss its first 15 shots en route to a 3-for-19 half.
“We came out with a lot of energy,” said Nance, who also had 13 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and a steal. “Highland is one of the top teams in the league, and we knew in this game we needed to play hard. We knew they were a very good 3-point shooting team, so we ran them off the line a little bit.”
Hornets senior guard Jarrett Smith, who had a team-high 13 points, said having Nance inside made the offensive task difficult.
“Pete seemed like he was inside a lot more, and it was hard to get a shot up around the rim,” Smith said. “Offensive rebounding was really tough with him, too.”
Highland coach Adam Cestaro said that comes with the territory of playing against a great player.
“Look, in a couple years from now he’s going to be playing in the NBA, and our players are hopefully going to be working on their MBA, watching him on TV and talking to their friends about when we got his team three of four times,” Cestaro said. “I told him after I’m glad I don’t have to game plan against him anymore. Someone else will get to do that.”
In the first meeting in December, Highland jumped to the lead and was tied at halftime. This time, though, it seemed like every Hornets shot in the early going was contested with few second chances.
“You have to have faith and know we’re capable of doing it,” said Smith, who was 1-of-3 from the field in the first half and 3-for-7 after the break.
“They pressured us a little harder and sort of dared us to go in at Pete,” Cestaro said. “We probably should have attacked him a little more. We were a little passive. We need to get back to (attacking), going at a shot blocker, knowing that we might get a couple blocked but that we might draw some contact and fouls, too.”
Nance scored the first 10 points of the game, then assisted on a Richardson layup to close the quarter with a 12-2 lead.
“He can do so much,” Cestaro said. “He can make shots over guys, and he’s a really great passer, so you don’t want to double team him all game because he’ll find the open guy.”
Richardson, who came off the bench, scored the first seven points of the second quarter as Highland sagged on Nance.
“It was awesome to see (teammates step up),” Nance said. “I thought Chris Richardson really played a great game. When people we focusing me, it opened opportunities for everyone.”
In the second half, Revere ran its offense through point guard Samson Albert, who had all eight of his points and three of his four assists in the third quarter. Seven Minutemen broke into the scoring column after halftime.
Highland senior Collin Rittman, Medina County’s leading scorer at more than 18 points a game, was held to nine points on 3-for-11 shooting, while Landon Mazzocco added seven points.
Cole Tessena hit back-to-back 3-pointers to key a 12-0 run in the third quarter as Highland’s junior varsity team won its sixth straight with a 53-29 victory. Bryce Profitt lit up the scoreboard for the Hornets with a career-high 22 points.
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Revere 49, Highland 33
REVERE 12 9 20 8 — 49
HIGHLAND 2 6 14 11 — 33
Revere — Owen Dame 0-0-0, Hunter Drenth 3-0-6, Pete Nance 5-3-14, Daniel Miller 2-0-4, Samson Albert 4-0-8, Matt Grayem 0-0-0, Sean Leyden 1-0-2, Chris Richardson 5-2-13, Tyreese Jenkins 0-0-0, Grant Scherler 1-0-2, Peter Koutrodimos 0-0-0 . TOTALS: 21-5-49.
Highland — Collin Rittman 3-3-9, Ryan Frederick 0-0-0, Landon Mazzocco 2-3-7, Jarrett Smith 4-3-13, Jake Rogers 0-0-0, Pete Gmitric 1-0-2, Alex Jaworski 0-0-0, Connor Klein 0-0-0, Jake Osborne 0-0-0, Bryce Profitt 0-0-0, Cole Tessena 0-0-0, Ryan Acks 1-0-2, Jacob Maschke 0-0-0, Devin Myers 0-0-0. TOTALS: 11-9-33.
3-point goals — Nance, Richardson, Smith 2. Rebounds — Revere 38 (Nance 13), Highland 24 (Mazzocco 7). Assists — Revere 10 (Albert 4), Highland 7 (Mazzocco, Jaworski 2). Records — Highland (9-6, 6-2), Revere (8-4, 5-3). Junior varsity — Highland 53, Revere 29.