MEDINA — Coach Chris Hassinger couldn’t have asked for a better start for his young Medina boys basketball team Tuesday night in Greater Cleveland Conference play.
The Bees won their first league game of the season 62-48 over Elyria in front of a sparse crowd.
After spotting the Pioneers (8-9, 2-7) the first two points of the night, the Bees (5-11, 1-8) ran off the next 26 before a pair of Will Waddell free throws broke the skid.
“We had a very lethargic practice the last two days,” Hassinger said. “You could tell they were down on themselves a little bit. They did a good job of building themselves up and coming in right away and playing great defense.”
The Bees did that. They held Elyria to just one field goal over the first 13 minutes in building a 31-10 advantage with 2:23 left in the first half.
Meanwhile, Medina was on fire. It hit on 8-of-12 from the field in the first quarter, including a trio of 3-pointers. That assault on the basket continued in the second quarter as the Bees made all but one of their nine field goal attempts.
Sophomore Kyle Szumski poured in 13 of his game-high 20 points in the first half as Medina led, 39-19, at halftime.
“We came out with a lot of energy,” Szumski said. “It set the tone for the rest of the game. This will help us moving forward.”
Medina finished a sizzling 23-for-39 from the field (.590) and made 9-of-13 3-pointers. The closest Elyria got was 51-41 with 7:30 to play.
“We haven’t been in that situation very many times,” Hassinger said. “For our kids to come out like that and play so well down the stretch, I was really proud of them. They’ve never failed us on following the game plan.”
Medina outrebounded Elyria 23-17, with Szumski and Dylan Fultz each grabbing five. The Bees had seven players score at least six points. Dillon Friedrick (9) and Drew Hassinger (7) combined for 16 off the bench, while starters Fultz (7) and Tyler Kaminski (8) combined for 15.
“Not the start we wanted,” Elyria coach Brett Larrick said. “Just what we talked about. … They’ve been close (to winning). They had Mentor beat a week ago. We tried to tell them they’d come out like a buzz saw.”
Deviian Williams and Josh Ball each scored 10 for Elyria.
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Medina 62, Elyria 48
ELYRIA (48): MarSaun Robinson 1-2-5, Deviian Williams 4-2-10, Roman Carter 2-0-5, Will Waddell 0-3-3, Justin Koepp 2-3-7, Caleb Rogers 0-2-2, Izaiah Thomas 0-0-0, Josiah Grantham 0-0-0, Josh Ball 3-2-10, Philllip Byrd 3-0-6, Scott Ethington 0-0-0. Totals 16-14-48.
MEDINA (62): Kyle Szumski 7-2-20, Dylan Fultz 3-0-7, Colin Szumski 2-2-6, Dylan O’Dear 0-0-0, Tyler Kaminski 3-1-8, Dillon Friedrick 4-0-9, Drew Hassinger 3-0-7, Corey Tripp 0-1-1, Tay Gauthier 1-1-4, Daniel Terrion 0-0-0. Totals 23-7-62.
Elyria 2 17 18 11 — 48
Medina 19 20 11 12 — 62
Three-point goals: Elyria 4-13 (Ball 2, Robinson, Carter), Medina 9-13 (K.Szumski 4, Fultz, Kaminski, Gauthier). Field goals: Elyria 16-43 (37 percent), Medina 23-39 (59 percent). Free throws: Elyria 14-18 (77 percent), Medina 7-11 (64 percent). Rebounds: Elyria 19 (Williams 7), Medina 23 (K.Szumski, Fultz 5). Turnovers: Elyria 9, Medina 16. Fouls: Elyria 19, Medina 16.
Junior varsity: Medina 74-47