Brunswick's Tre Massey shoots over Medina's Corey Tripp during the first quarter. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)
BRUNSWICK — The anticipation of Kyle Goessler’s 1000th point was an afterthought as quick-triggering Tre Massey kept firing bulls-eye bullets in the first half. That became doubly so when the Blue Devils methodically and stunningly blew a thought-to-be-insurmountable lead.
Goessler, though, was too experienced, intelligent and mentally tough to let a memorable night go to waste.
The four-year starter showed the resolve of a champion Friday, scoring five of the first six points of overtime to lift the Blue Devils to a sigh-of-relief 71-63 Greater Cleveland Conference victory over archrival Medina, which overcame a 22-point second-quarter deficit.
“Coach (Joe) Mackey always stresses mental toughness with us,” Goessler said. “You make a mistake and you bounce back. I knew these guys needed me.”
Goessler made 5-of-5 free throws and a layup in OT to finish with 20 points, two rebounds, two assists and seven turnovers, including one in the backcourt that allowed Medina’s Kyle Szumski to tie the game at 54 with 20 seconds left in regulation. The Hillsdale (Mich.) recruit became the 35th documented player in Medina County history to reach 1,000 points when he made a free throw 10 seconds into OT that gave Brunswick (5-0, 3-0) the lead for good.
Massey (game-high 25 points) scored 18 points as the Blue Devils roared to a 35-13 lead with 1:29 left in the first half, made two quick buckets to begin the third quarter and went cold before making a pair of OT free throws. Trevor Mackey scored nine of his 12 points after halftime, while Max Ferrell had team highs of nine rebounds and three assists.
“It’s a great win for us,” Goessler said. “It’s definitely our rival.”
The Bees (4-1, 2-1) got 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists from All-Gazette guard Kyle Szumski and 11 points from sophomore point Corey Tripp. Wing Drew Hassinger (10) and backup guard Tayvion Gauthier (7, 2 assists, 3 steals) also starred in the comeback, which saw Medina furiously end the third quarter on a 16-6 run to get to 46-36. The Bees then cut it to 53-50 with 1:45 remaining in the fourth.
Looking like boys against men for much of the first half, Medina flipped momentum when it went to a man press that transitioned into constant double teams of Goessler in the half court. Gauthier provided the spark with diving plays and Hassinger, Szumski and Spencer Aylward (8 points) provided big buckets.
The Blue Devils helped with 13 turnovers in the third and fourth quarters after committing one in the first 16 minutes.
“Great high school basketball game,” Bees coach Chris Hassinger said. “That first half you could tell we have a lot of kids who haven’t played in that moment.
“As you can see, our kids have got so much fight. I’m disappointed we lost, but man there are a lot of good things we can take away from this game.”
The Bees made only 2-of-6 shots in OT and Brunswick pulled away by making 15-of-17 free throws. Goessler was 5-for-5, Mackey was 4-for-4 and Massey and J.C. Asturi were each 2-for-2.
Goessler was presented with a game ball from Mackey during a short postgame ceremony. He then was mobbed by teammates afterward before entering the locker room.
The quality win was what mattered. The milestone was simply a bonus.
“We played really well in the first half, they played well in the second half and we played better in overtime, and that’s it. That’s really the story of the game,” Mackey said. “They’re too good of a team to lay down and let us walk away with the victory.”
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Brunswick 71, Medina 63 (OT)
MEDINA 6 12 18 18 9 — 63
BRUNSWICK 17 18 11 8 17 — 71
Medina — Drew Hassinger 4-1-10, Spencer Aylward 3-0-8, Luke Hensley 1-0-2, Kyle Szumski 5-3-15, Corey Tripp 5-0-11, Tayvion Gauthier 3-1-7, Brandon Geschke 0-0-0, Sam Peacock 1-0-2, Doug Sartain 3-1-8, Jack Hagan 0-0-0. TOTALS: 25-6-63.
Brunswick — Tre Massey 9-2-25, Max Ferrell 1-2-5, Joe Hunter 0-0-0, Trevor Mackey 3-4-12, Kyle Goessler 5-9-20, Josh Stacho 2-1-5, J.C. Asturi 0-2-2, Jeff Buttitta 1-0-2. TOTALS: 21-20-71.
3-point goals — Aylward 2, Szumski 2, Hassinger, Tripp, Sartain, Massey 5, Mackey 2, Goessler, Ferrell. Rebounds — Medina 27 (Szumski 10), Brunswick 29 (Ferrell 9). Assists — Medina 13 (Szumski 5), Brunswick 9 (Ferrell 3). Records — Medina (4-1, 2-1), Brunswick (5-0, 3-0). Junior varsity — Medina 59, Brunswick 45.