BRUNSWICK — The scouting report said Euclid was big, fast and physical.
The report was correct.
In a fast-paced, extremely physical Greater Cleveland Conference game, Brunswick could not match up or keep pace and dropped a 68-54 decision.
“There hasn’t been much to celebrate lately,” Blue Devils coach Joe Mackey said. “Every team has been tough for us. I promise that we’ll do everything we can to try and string a few wins together, then maybe win some tournament games.”
The Panthers (6-5, 4-3) outshot Brunswick with a blistering 32-of-48 effort from the field. The Blue Devils (7-7, 4-3) had trouble putting the ball in the hoop, especially from close in.
Euclid had a significant size advantage, with all eight players who saw action being 6 feet or taller. Seniors Mario Lacy Jr. and Octavious Hardy, at 6-foot-6 and 6-5, paced the Panthers, with Lacy providing 22 points and Hardy bagging 10 rebounds and protecting the rim.
With one Brunswick player (Joe Hunter) at 6-3 and the rest 6-2 or shorter, Euclid played to that advantage, outrebounding the Blue Devils 25-19.
Euclid’s Gavin Clarke, a smooth 6-0 junior guard, put up 24 points to lead all scorers. He and guard Reggie Priah repeatedly found Lacy moving down the lane for finger rolls and floaters.
Tre Massey kept Brunswick in the game, scoring 23 points, including five from
3-point land. Kyle Goessler added 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
The Blue Devils’ 3-point game plan produced 10 treys on 15 shots to keep them reasonably close through three quarters, trailing 28-26 at halftime and 48-41 after three. The Blue Devils shot 21-for-40 for the game (.525).
“When Coach gives us a game plan, we go try to do it,” Massey said. “We’re not the biggest team out there. They were very athletic and very big and we have to keep working hard, get down and get dirty to overcome that. We had shots but couldn’t knock them down.”
Euclid bore down in the final stanza, outscoring Brunswick 20-13.
“Our problem is we’re playing without a center,” Mackey said. “We missed lots of clean shots. Our goal was to get
3-point shots and we did well with that. We missed our two-footers and three-footers and couldn’t cash out.”
Marquis Barnett posted 15 points for Brunswick, but Euclid took the junior varsity game
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Euclid 68, Brunswick 54
EUCLID 15 13 20 20 — 68
BRUNSWICK 19 7 15 13 — 54
Euclid — Reggie Priah 3-0-6, Mario Lacey 11-0-22, Octavious Hardy 3-0-6, Ke’Saun Key 2-0-5, Garvin Clarke 11-0-24, Tyrese Duckworth 1-0-3, Reggie Watts 0-0-0, Latrayl Alexander 1-0-2. TOTAL: 32-0-68.
Brunswick — Tre Massey 9-0-23, Max Ferrell 1-0-2, J.C. Asturi 2-2-8, Trevor Mackey 2-0-6, Kyle Goessler 5-0-11, Jeff Buttitta 1-0-2, Josh Stacho 1-0-2, Joe Hunter 0-0-0. TOTALS: 21-2-54.
3-point goals — Clarke 2, Duckworth, Key, Massey 5, Mackey 2, Asturi 2, Goessler. Rebounds — Euclid 25 ( Hardy 10), Brunswick 19 (Goessler 7). Assists — Euclid 10 (Priah 5), Brunswick 11 (Goessler 6). Records — Euclid (6-5, 4-3), Brunswick (7-7, 4-3). Junior varsity — Euclid 61, Brunswick 48.