SOLON — The score was nearly the same in the rematch between the Brunswick and Solon boys basketball teams, but this one was over almost before it began.
In losing 74-61 in Greater Cleveland Conference play Friday night, Brunswick fell behind 15-2 in the first four minutes and trailed 32-9 with five minutes to play in the first half.
Solon (20-0, 13-0) won the first meeting at Brunswick by a 75-61 score in a game that was tied at halftime and the Comets led by three heading into the fourth quarter.
This time, Solon, the No. 1 team in the state poll, got field goals from all five of its starters in roaring to the 15-2 lead and taking a 21-7 edge after the first quarter.
The Comets started the second period on an 11-2 run for the 32-9 lead, prompting the Solon student section, out in force for senior night, to begin a “start the buses” chant with 21 minutes.
“We just didn’t show up to start the game,” Brunswick senior center Zak Zografos said. “We need to play better defense and rebound the ball.”
The early run for Solon came with little assistance from its top player, senior guard Sincere Carry, who had just four points on 1-for-6 shooting with three assists in the first half.
The Comets took a 39-22 lead into the break, with Zografos scoring 10 points.
The third quarter was better for Brunswick (16-5, 9-4), which scored 24 points. The Devils closed within seven midway through the quarter as Zografos (17 points, 7 rebounds), Xavier Diaz (16 points) and Nick Felician (10 points) began to get to the basket.
But every time the Devils looked like they could surge back into the game, Carry was there. Carry (23 points, 6 assists) scored 14 points in the quarter and was 5-for-5 from the field, including hitting his only 3-point attempt. He scored 10 of Solon’s first 13 points in the period.
Brunswick’s Kyle Goessler, the second-leading scorer in Medina County at 17.9 coming in, was held to eight on 3-for-11 shooting.
Solon senior Mike Bekelja, who was held to two points in the first meeting between the teams, had 14 points. David Marbury added 14 off the bench, including three 3-pointers, and Trent Williams scored 14.
Josh Stacho’s layup and three-point play with 42 seconds left in overtime lifted Brunswick to a contentious 74-71 win over Solon in the junior varsity game. Max Ferrell had 19 points and Devon Cruz came off the bench to score 18 for the Blue Devils. Five players fouled out for Brunswick and one for Solon as Comets freshman Marcus Steele scored a game-high 44 points, including an 18-for-23 effort from the free throw line.
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Solon 74, Brunswick 61
BRUNSWICK 7 15 24 15 — 61
SOLON 21 18 21 14 — 74
Brunswick— Xavier Diaz 7-0-16, Alex Wyatt 2-0-6, Zak Zografos 7-0-17, Kyle Goessler 3-2-8, Nick Felician 4-1-10, Danny Dakdouk 1-2-4, Trevor Mackey 0-0-0. TOTALS: 24-5-61.
Solon— Mike Bekelja 4-5-14, Ryan Bergen 2-0-4, Sincere Carry 8-5-23, Justin Lumpkin 1-0-3, Trent Williams 6-0-14, Nick Close 1-0-2, David Marbury 5-1-14, Brandon Brown 0-0-0. TOTALS: 27-11-74.
3-point goals — Zografos 3, Wyatt 2, Diaz 2, Felician, Marbury 3, Carry 2, Williams 2, Bekelja, Lumpkin. Rebounds — Brunswick 22 (Zografos 7), Solon 24 (Marbury 5). Assists — Brunswick 15 (Goessler, Zografos 4), Solon 12 (Carry 6). Records — Brunswick (16-5, 9-4), Solon (20-0, 13-0). Junior varsity — Brunswick 74, Solon 71 (OT).