YORK TWP. — Brock Brumfield did in the Hoopla! Medina County Senior All-Star Game what he did so many times for the Buckeye boys basketball team the last two seasons.
He took over when it mattered most.
The senior point guard scored 11 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth period Wednesday to run away with game MVP honors and lift the Light Team to an 80-68 victory over the Dark Team.
“This game was a lot of fun, don’t get me wrong, but we were talking on the bench and we wanted to win,” Brumfield said. “We had to do whatever we could to get the lead up.”
After Medina coach Chris Hassinger’s Dark Team, which consisted of players from Medina, Highland, Wadsworth and Cloverleaf, overcame a double-figure deficit to go up 68-66 in the fourth period, Brumfield took over.
The deceptively strong and quick guard scored the first seven points — on a drive, 3-pointer and another drive — in a 14-0 game-ending run for Bucks coach Tom Harrington’s Light Team, which consisted of players from Buckeye, Brunswick and Black River.
“I felt pretty good coming into the game,” said Brumfield, who had 11 of his team’s 26 points in the fourth period. “I felt like I was going to knock down shots no matter what, and my teammates kept getting the ball to me.”
Brumfield finished the night 8-for-11 from the field, 3-for-4 on 3-pointers and 2-for-3 at the line while adding two rebounds and tying for game-high honors with three assists.
“It was a lot of fun playing with my teammates and kids from Black River and Brunswick,” he said. “But it was nice to go out with a win, too.”
Black River guard Caleb Poldruhi added 13 points on 6-for-10 shooting, three boards and two assists for the Light Team, while Buckeye’s Cam Imes had 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting and four rebounds.
Brunswick’s Kyle Goessler ended the game with a dunk to give him nine points, five boards and two assists and the Bucks’ 6-foot-7 Michael Knoll, who had the other slam of the evening, added seven points, six rebounds and two assists.
The Light team got 12 points, seven boards and three assists from Wadsworth’s Jack Simmons, 12 points and eight rebounds from Medina’s Dan Terrion and eight points and seven boards from Highland’s Ryan Chema. The Hornets’ Cole Tessena added eight points and four boards and Cloverleaf’s Nick Bailey had eight points.
Terrion had 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting in the third period as the Dark Team trimmed an eight-point halftime deficit to five, then Simmons did a bit of everything as his squad took a brief lead in the fourth.
“It was a blast,” Terrion said. “I had a great time. It was good to play with all the players in the county. We knew it was the last time most of us were going to put on a uniform, so we wanted to go out and have fun. Wins and losses don’t matter in a game like this. We just wanted to have a good time.”
Brunswick sophomore Tre Massey made eight straight shots at one point to defeat teammate Goessler 22-19 in the 3-point contest.
“It was one of those feelings where the hoop is the size of a pool,” Massey said. “It’s real fun when that happens.”
Massey is the stepson of 1990 Strongsville graduate Tucker Neale, who teamed with Brunswick coach Joe Mackey to lead the Mustangs to a 20-0 regular season as seniors. Neale went on to enjoy a stellar career at Colgate, where he scored 2,075 points and made 248 3-pointers, and got a brief summer league camp tryout with the Cavaliers.
Asked who was the better shooter between the two, Massey laughed and said, “I always say me, but I think everyone knows the answer to that.”
Light 80, Dark 68
Hoopla! Medina County Senior All-Star Game
DARK 14 14 21 19 — 68
LIGHT 18 18 18 26 — 80
Dark — Tay Gauthier (Medina) 1-5 0-0 3, Ryan Chema (Highland) 4-10 0-0 8, Dan Terrion (Medina) 6-9 0-0 12, Cole Tessena (Highland) 3-8 0-0 8, Carson Risher (Wadsworth) 3-10 0-0 6, Drew Hassinger (Medina) 1-6 0-0 3, Connor Klein (Highland) 0-1 1-2 1, Jack Simmons (Wadsworth) 6-11 0-0 12, Brendan Merhar (Wadsworth) 1-7 0-0 3, T.J. Lockwood (Wadsworth) 0-5 2-2 2, Nick Bailey (Cloverleaf) 3-6 2-2 8, Blake Kalina (Highland) 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 29-79 5-6 68.
Light — Kyle Goessler (Brunswick) 3-7 2-2 9, Cam Imes (Buckeye) 4-4 0-0 10, Michael Knoll (Buckeye) 3-8 0-0 7, Anthony Watkins (Buckeye) 2-4 0-0 4, Brock Brumfield (Buckeye) 8-11 2-3 21, Caleb Poldruhi (Black River) 6-10 0-0 13, Jonathan Herb (Black River) 3-7 0-0 6, Brennan Scheck (Black River) 1-6 0-0 3, Jay Chidsey (Black River) 0-2 0-0 0, Aaron Conn (Brunswick) 3-5 0-2 7. TOTALS: 33-64 4-7 80.
3-point goals — Dark 5-31 (Tessena 2-5, Gauthier 1-4, Hassinger 1-5, Merhar 1-6, Klein 0-1, Risher 0-2, Bailey 0-2, Simmons 0-3, Lockwood 0-3), Light 10-27 (Imes 2-2, Conn 1-1, Brumfield 3-4, Goessler 1-3, Poldruhi 1-4, Scheck 1-5, Knoll 1-4, Chidsey 0-2, Herb 0-2). Rebounds — Dark 42 (Terrion, Simmons 8, Chema 7), Light 34 (Knoll 6, Goessler, Herb 5). Assists — Dark 9 (Risher, Simmons 3), Light 15 (Brumfield, Chidsey 3). Turnovers — Dark 7 (Tessena 3), Light 9 (Brumfield, Imes, Poldruhi 2).