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Medina hits on all cylinders in sectional win over Normandy

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    Medina's Tyler Kaminski shoots against Normandy's Stefan Stanic during the second quarter of the Sectional semifinal game.

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    Medina's Dylan Fultz goes up for a shot at against Normandy's Milan Markovic, left, and Nick Zayas during the second quarter of the Sectional semifinal game.

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    Medina's Drew Hassinger puts up a shot against Normandy's Kevin Kitko during the second quarter of the Sectional semifinal game.

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MEDINA — The Medina boys basketball team got its fill of doughnuts in the first 9:20 before taking a brief, food coma-induced nap, but senior center Tyler Kaminski didn’t seem to mind.

“A win’s a win,” a smiling Kaminski said. “I’ll take whatever in the tournament, you know?”

The point was fair enough Wednesday, as the seventh-seeded Bees weren’t challenged whatsoever and smashed 10th-seeded Normandy 60-40 in a Strongsville Division I Sectional semifinal.

Medina (7-16), which scored the first 17 points, advanced to play at second-seeded archrival Brunswick (17-5) on Saturday. The Blue Devils, who won the first two meetings 60-45 and 61-51, sat among the sparse crowd of 150 and smiled through a little bit of ribbing from the home student section during pregame.

“The schedule we play, it just gets us ready for a team like that,” Bees coach Chris Hassinger said. “They have a couple really nice players, and we limited what their opportunities were.

“We play some of the best teams in Ohio with some 31-point scorers. The experience we have guarding guys really gets us ready for this.”

The matchup was a clear contrast of schedules, as the Bees finished seventh in the always-loaded Greater Cleveland Conference and the Invaders (6-17) were last in the Great Lakes Conference, whose talent drops off dramatically after North Ridgeville D-II District contenders Holy Name and Bay.

For one of the few times all season, the normally undersized Bees had noticeable advantages in speed and overall athleticism. Medina played sticky, switch-heavy man defense and forced Normandy into 13 missed shots and eight turnovers before built-like-a-man backup post Ryan Dengler connected on an acrobatic putback while being fouled at the 6:40 mark of the second quarter.

That cut the lead to 17-2, but the Bees scored the next four points.

“Great defense, great defense,” Kaminski said. “We were all collapsing on them and closing out on shooters. They couldn’t get a shot off.”

Medina didn’t shoot well with quarters of 6-for-16, 6-for-16, 5-for-16 and 6-for-16 but nailed 9-of-24 3-pointers, kept the ball moving and committed only six turnovers. In typical Bees fashion this season, the moniker of best player appeared to change every few minutes.

Junior marksman Drew Hassinger made 4-of-5 3-pointers for a team-high 12 points. Kaminski contributed 11, sophomore guard Kyle Szumski and senior forward Dylan Fultz added 10 apiece and freshman point guard Corey Tripp contributed eight points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

The end of the bench also got in on the fun, as Spencer Aylward scored his first career point and Jake Clark made his varsity debut.

Normandy got 12 points from small forward Milan Markovic and 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocks from freshman center Stefan Stanic. The Invaders shot 18-for-38 and were only outscored 43-40 in the 22:40 after the awful start.

“That was our one weakness. I didn’t think we communicated very well, especially in the second quarter,” Hassinger said. “They were getting some transition baskets because we weren’t communicating, and even a couple times where we went to switch, we didn’t communicate and gave up an easy basket.”

Contact Albert Grindle at (330) 721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.

Medina 60, Normandy 40

Strongsville Division I Sectional Semifinal

NORMANDY 0 15 11 14 — 40

MEDINA 15 14 14 17 — 60

Normandy — Milan Markovic 5-15 2-2 12, Anthony Salvatore 1-8 0-0 2, Stefan Stanic 4-10 0-0 10, Kaleb Telepak 0-0 0-0 0, Kevin Kitko 1-7 0-0 2, Aaron LaCroix 1-1 0-0 2, Matt Taubeneck 2-3 0-0 4, Nick Zayas 1-1 0-0 2, Ryan Dengler 2-3 0-1 4, Cory Penter 0-1 0-0 0, Andy Diederich 0-1 0-0 0, Alex Dugan 0-0 0-0 0, Alex Bernhardt 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 18-51 2-3 40.

Medina — Kyle Szumski 4-6 0-1 10, Dylan Fultz 4-10 0-0 10, Tyler Kaminski 4-6 2-2 11, Colin Szumski 2-5 0-0 4, Corey Tripp 3-8 2-5 8, Drew Hassinger 4-10 0-0 12, Dillon Friedrick 0-1 0-0 0, Daniel Terrion 2-4 0-2 4, Tay Gauthier 0-6 0-0 0, Brandon Geschke 0-1 0-0 0, Doug Sartain 0-3 0-0 0, Dylan O’Dear 0-2 0-0 0, Spencer Aylward 0-2 1-2 1, Brandon Curie 0-0 0-0 0, Jake Clark 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 23-64 5-12 60.

3-point goals — Normandy 2-16 (Stanic 2-5, Diederich 0-1, Penter 0-1, Markovic 0-2, Kitko 0-3, Salvatore 0-4), Medina 9-24 (Hassinger 4-5, K. Szumski 2-2, Fultz 2-3, Kaminski 1-2, Aylward 0-1, O’Dear 0-1, Tripp 0-1, Friedrick 0-1, Geschke 0-1, Gauthier 0-2, C. Szumski 0-2, Sartain 0-3). Rebounds — Normandy 31 (Stanic 7), Medina 39 (K. Szumski, Fultz 6). Assists — Normandy 9 (Kitko, Markovic 3), Medina 16 (C. Szumski 5). Turnovers — Normandy 17 (Stanic 6), Medina 6 (Kaminski, K. Szumski 2). Total fouls — Normandy 12, Medina 8. Fouled out — None. Records — Normandy (6-17), Medina (7-16).

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