CLEVELAND — Playing on the home court of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, coach John Rositano’s Lorain Titans learned two lessons that apply from the preps to the pros.
Playing three games in four days is hard and having to make a shot with the game on the line is even harder.
The Titans were held scoreless for the final 2:30 of the game allowing Euclid to escape with a 46-43 Lake Erie League win at Quicken Loans Arena.
Less the 48 hours after winning the Lorain County Holiday Classic on Saturday night, the Titans were back on the court and in another battle. Neither team led by more than four points over the first 16 minutes as they both took their time to adjust to the length and exaggerated sightlines of an NBA court.
“We competed the right way,” Rositano said. “We defended them well. I can’t fault our guys’ effort. When you hold a team as talented as Euclid to 46 points, you’ve got to win the game.”
Shooting woes did in the Titans (4-5) as they shot just 28 percent (16-of-58) from the field and put up three airballs in the final minute with a chance to take the lead or tie the game.
“At some point you’ve got to make some shots,” Rositano said. “You’re not going to shoot under 30 percent in a game and expect to win.”
Lorain got another big effort from sophomore Daviere Andrews, who led all scorers in the game with 14 points.
It was the second time Euclid (6-5) defeated the Titans. The Panthers also won 70-60, in overtime, on opening night in Lorain.
“Both teams played hard today,” Euclid coach Gary Hicks said. “Sometimes we have a hard time putting the ball in the bucket and Lorain is such a disciplined team that will make you pay for any mistakes that you make. We wanted to enjoy this experience but I told my team before the game, ‘It’s one thing to say you played on the Cavs floor, it’s another say you won on the Cavs floor.’”
After leading 25-24 at the half, the Panthers started the third quarter on a 9-0 run to extend their lead to 10 on a layup by Devin West with 4:28 to play in the period. West led Euclid with nine points.
Lorain battled back and took its only lead of the second half, 43-42, on a two-handed breakaway dunk by Rashod Berry with 2:30 to play. Berry finished with nine points and eight rebounds.
“These kids are hurting in the locker room right now and that’s a positive for us,” Rositano said. “When you work hard and don’t succeed it hurts. That’s what competition is about.”
Rositano also said it was important for the players to embrace the experience of playing at Quicken Loans Arena.
“This is something they will remember the rest of their lives,” he said. “This is what high school sports are about providing memories for kids that will last a lifetime.”
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Euclid 46, Lorain 43
EUCLID (46): Chavez Harper 2-4-8, Devin West 4-1-9, Dallas Ferritto 3-0-7, Aaron Berry 1-0-2, Rayshawn Glover 1-0-2, Tyler Herron 3-0-6, Shawntez McClardy 3-0-6, Jamil Clark 3-0-6. Totals 20-5-46.
LORAIN (43): Daviere Andrews 4-5-14, Eddie Williamson 2-1-5, Demon Hisle 3-2-9, Rashod Berry 4-1-9, Nazihar Bohannon 3-0-6. Totals 16-9-43.
Euclid 13 12 13 8 — 46
Lorain 11 13 6 13 — 43
Three-point goals: Euclid (Ferritto); Lorain (Andrews, Hisle). Field goals: Euclid 20-53 (38 percent), Lorain 16-58 (28 percent). Free throws: Euclid 5-8 (63 percent), Lorain 9-13 (69 percent). Rebounds: Euclid 40, Lorain 35. Turnovers: Euclid 15, Lorain 9. Total fouls: Euclid 13, Lorain 15.