MEDINA — Medina boys basketball coach Chris Hassinger has been preaching to wing Doug Sartain.
“I’ve been telling him, ‘Don’t think, just shoot,’” Hassinger said.
Sartain was the first player off the bench Saturday and ended with 14 points to lead all scorers in a 69-55 non-league win over John Hay. The Martin Luther King Jr. Classic was originally scheduled for Jan. 20th but was postponed due to snow caused by Winter Storm Harper.
Sartain hit a single field goal in the first half as the Bees (8-6) struggled to a 32-22 lead against an opponent with one win.
Early in the third quarter, the 5-foot-11 junior guard gunned in a high-arching rainbow from the left corner, drawing loud cheers from the Medina bench in support of a teammate struggling with his shooting.
The successful 3-point shot broke the cold spell and the Bees dominated.
“I’ve been out of rhythm, thinking too much about a shot and just worrying about it,” Sartain said. “Once that one went in, I quit worrying.”
Sartain posted three 3-pointers and a traditional three-point play during a 22-point third quarter that saw the Bees double their margin to 54-33.
“He’s been struggling with that,” Hassinger said of Sartain. “It was nice to play a game and win. We’re used to adversity, because we’ve had some kind of adversity in nearly every game we’ve played.”
Hassinger said the reality of playing a tough Greater Cleveland Conference game at Euclid on Friday meant players had dead legs.
“The guys just had to fight through that,” he said.
Hassinger was pleased with scoring production across the roster. Corey Tripp added nine points, and seven other players chipped in between five and eight. The bench totaled 43 as Medina used 14 players.
“We’re on the verge of being good, and we’ll need that bench production in the tournament,” Hassinger said.
With Medina leading by 21 points entering the final quarter, both teams padded their stats with run-and-gun basketball. Three 3-pointers by John Hay’s Michael Wells narrowed the final score.
Chris Drake led the Hornets with 10 points, while Wells, Damaris Makupson and Damon Wallace added nine apiece.
- Players from both teams wore matching gray Martin Luther King Jr. warm-ups and, along with the crowd, viewed a video excerpt from King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, prior to player introductions.
- Matt Spatny scored 13 points for Medina in a 40-27 junior varsity win.
Medina 69, John Hay 55
JOHN HAY 13 9 11 22 — 55
MEDINA 15 17 22 15 — 69
John Hay — DeMaris Makupson 4-1-9, Chris Drake, Jr. 3-3-10, Raheem Heard Jr. 1-0-2, Roequan Davis-Hereford 2-0-5, Damon Wallace 2-5-9, Barry Smith 2-2-7, Michael Wells 3-0-9, Oscar Hardy 2-0-4, Nicholas Dent 0-0-0. TOTALS: 19-11-55.
Medina — Drew Hassinger 0-0-0, Kyle Szumski 3-2-8, Spencer Aylward 3-2-8, Daniel Terrion 0-0-0, Corey Tripp 2-5-9, Doug Sartain 5-1-14, Brandon Geschke 2-0-5, Sam Peacock 0-0-0, Tayvion Gauthier 3-0-7, Luke Hensley 1-3-5, Jack Hagan 3-0-7, Jadin Clark 0-1-1, Brandon Curie 0-0-0, Christian Howard 2-1-5. TOTALS: 24-15-69.
3-point goals — Wells 3, Davis-Hereford, Drake, Smith, Sartain 3, Gauthier, Hagan, Geschke. Rebounds — John Hay 22 (Drake 6), Medina 23 (Hensley 5). Assists — John Hay 9 (Davis-Herford 4), Medina 14 (Tripp 8). Records — John Hay (1-11), Medina (8-6). Junior varsity — Medina 40, John Hay 27.