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Clutch shots lift St. Edward over Medina

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    Medina's Drew Hassinger lays the ball in off a full court pass from Corey Tripp during the first half.

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LAKEWOOD — Role player Josh Ogle single-handedly squashed any momentum Medina’s boys basketball team could muster with dagger 3-pointers in the first half.

Once the hard-working Bees showed signs of fatigue, touted point guard Grant Huffman attacked the rim and crushed any dreams of a comeback.

There wasn’t much else to analyze Wednesday, as top-seeded St. Edward physically wore down No. 4 Medina 70-55 in a Lakewood Division I District semifinal. The margin was only seven points midway through the third quarter but ballooned to 26 before the Bees dominated garbage time.

Ogle, the 6-foot-1 sixth man, made 4-of-4 3-pointers to help the Eagles (16-8) to a 38-27 halftime lead, while Huffman, a 6-4 junior, had 11 points, five rebounds and an assist during a 17-5 run that put St. Edward ahead 59-40 after three quarters.

“We’d been so good defensively over the second half of the season,” said Medina coach Chris Hassinger, whose team had won nine of its previous 10 games. “A lot of it had to do with them and how they shot the ball.”

Huffman finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists — all game highs — while Ogle added 14 points. Defensive specialist Demetrius Terry chipped in 10, highlighted by a down-the-lane dunk late in the fourth, to help offset a quiet night from All-Northeast Lakes District third-team selection Devontae Blanton (8 points, 5 rebounds).

Medina (16-9) focused on packing the paint a bit to prevent drives for Huffman or post opportunities for Blanton. That worked for the most part, but Ogle was the X-factor who kept St. Edward comfortably ahead despite a brilliant, highlight-reel first half from Bees point guard Corey Tripp.

“We didn’t think they would shoot the ball that well from the perimeter,” Hassinger said. “It got us off the midline, where we were so good at helping all year long. … Our defense wasn’t there tonight.”

Tripp consistently crossed up defenders, including the highly regarded Terry, an internet sensation for his defensive effort against SPIRE Institute’s LaMelo Ball earlier in the season. Tripp scored or assisted on eight of Medina’s 11 first-half field goals and finished with 18 points, four rebounds and three assists.

Terry focused much of his attention on Kyle Szumski, who was averaging 21.7 points over the last six games. Szumski was limited to eight points — mostly on hard-working action inside — and wing Drew Hassinger (8 points) was the only other Medina player to score more than five.

The Bees missed their first eight shots yet trailed only 4-2 when Tripp put them on the board 4:12 in. They cut the deficit to 42-35 on back-to-back threes by Hassinger and Tay Gauthier, but Huffman countered the run with three putbacks over the next few minutes.

Medina also missed 19 of its first 23 3-point attempts and was outrebounded 30-22.

“We got hurt against on the boards physically,” Chris Hassinger said. “That’s something we can work on in the offseason.

“You’ve just got to be so fundamental. You can’t make mistakes to beat a team as good as them.”

Contact Albert Grindle at agrindle@medina-gazette.com.

St. Edward 70, Medina 55

MEDINA 6 21 13 15 — 55

ST. EDWARD 15 23 21 11 — 70

Medina — Drew Hassinger 3-7 0-0 8, Kyle Szumski 3-8 2-5 8, Luke Hensley 1-3 0-0 2, Brandon Geschke 0-2 0-0 0, Corey Tripp 7-13 3-3 18, Tay Gauthier 1-4 0-0 3, Spencer Aylward 2-6 1-2 5, Doug Sartain 0-4 0-0 0, Dan Terrion 1-1 0-0 3, Matt Spatny 0-0 0-2 0, Jack Hagan 1-1 0-0 2, Sam Peacock 0-0 1-2 1, Christian Howard 1-1 0-0 2, Brandon Curie 0-0 0-0 0, Landon Kistler 1-2 0-0 3. TOTALS: 21-52 7-14 55.

St. Edward — Demetrius Terry 4-7 1-2 10, Devontae Blanton 3-11 2-2 8, Spencer Crane 1-2 1-2 3, Montorie Foster 4-6 1-3 9, Grant Huffman 8-10 4-7 20, Josh Ogle 5-6 0-0 14, Brennan Rains 2-2 1-1 6, Zach Chatman 0-1 0-0 0, Mark Gaertner 0-0 0-0 0, Steven Logan 0-0 0-0 0, Jake Ogle 0-1 0-0 0, Josiah Knight 0-0 0-0 0, Chris Ringfield 0-0 0-0 0, Brady Foutz 0-0 0-0 0, Aidan Skinner 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS: 27-46 10-17 70.

3-point goals — Medina 6-22 (Hassinger 2-5, Terrion 1-1, Kistler 1-2, Tripp 1-3, Gauthier 1-4, Aylward 0-1, Hensley 0-1, Szumski 0-2, Sartain 0-3), St. Edward 6-10 (Jo. Ogle 4-5, Terry 1-1, Rains 1-1, Ja. Ogle 0-1, Blanton 0-2). Rebounds — Medina 22 (Szumski 6), St. Edward 30 (Huffman 9). Assists — Medina 8 (Tripp 3), St. Edward 14 (Huffman 6). Turnovers — Medina 10 (Tripp, Aylward 3), St. Edward 14 (Rains 3). Fouls — Medina 17, St. Edward 17. Records — Medina (16-9), St. Edward (16-8).



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