ELYRIA — Lakewood proved to Elyria what it’s been proving all year to its West Shore Conference opponents.
The Rangers are pretty darn good.
Lakewood methodically took apart the Pioneers on Saturday, 67-48, to put an end to Elyria’s seven-game winning streak. The Rangers are 13-2; Elyria 13-4.
“Give Phil and his kids credit,” Elyria coach Brett Larrick said of Lakewood coach Phil Argento. “Great game plan. His kids played tremendously hard. Fast, hard and together. They beat us in all three of those categories.”
“We’ve got some kids that make plays,” Argento said. “It’s more than one or two or three. It’s a number of kids that can attack the rim. I was pleased with the way they gave the ball up when they did attack the rim.”
Lakewood shot 60 percent from the floor — not hard to do when the majority are layups. The Rangers played the game unselfishly by finding the open man inside. They consistently found ways to break down Elyria’s defense, which had been a strong suit the past few games.
The Pioneers were aware of Lakewood’s strengths.
Just two games ago, the Rangers set a state 3-point record when they hit 19 of 30 from beyond the arc. Wes Gerhardt set the school record with 11 just a couple of games after Mike Angers broke it with 10.
Lakewood has had five players lead the scoring. Saturday, it was Shawn McDonald leading the way with 16, but Logan Swift had 14, Gerhardt 13 and Jacob Schmidt 12.
“We didn’t defend together,” Larrick said. “We didn’t defend individually. It was about the same offensively.”
Elyria kept it close for nearly a half, but a couple of Lakewood spurts turned the tide. The Rangers closed out the half with a 6-2 run that included a rebound basket at the buzzer for a 28-20 lead and opened the third quarter with a 9-0 run that pushed the lead to 17. Lakewood’s largest lead was 57-34 following a 7-0 run to start the final quarter.
Isaiah Walton led Elyria with 23 points — getting his 1,000th career point when he rebounded his spin miss with 5:10 left in the first half. That made the score 18-14 in Lakewood’s favor.
“We tried to slow Walton down a little bit,” Argento said. “He still scored but maybe got some after the fact.”
Good point. Of Walton’s game-high 23 points, 10 came in the final quarter after Lakewood had a pretty safe lead. Walton has 1,019 in his career, eighth all time at Elyria.
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Lakewood 67, Elyria 48
LAKEWOOD (67): Mike Angers 1-1-3, Wes Gerhardt 4-2-13, Logan Swift 7-0-14, Shawn McDonald 7-0-14, Jacob Schmidt 6-0-12, Tyshawn Goolsby 2-0-4, Jaime Fesko 1-1-3, Nick Porter 1-0-2, Dan Mathews 0-0-0, Joe Malone 0-0-0, Malik Leisinger 0-0-0. Totals 29-4-67.
ELYRIA (48): Hunter Parsh 3-0-8, Isaiah Walton 7-9-23, Anthony Duckett 2-0-4, Trenell Oliver 1-1-3, AJ Johnson 3-0-6, Marquise Dalton 0-0-0, Chris Jamison 0-0-0, Bobby Russell 2-0-4, Antonio Blanton 0-0-0, Chris Yates 0-0-0, Howie Smith 0-0-0, Nate Marks 0-0-0, Kyle Ringer 0-0-0, Chris Atkinson 0-0-0. Totals 18-10-48.
Lakewood 14 14 22 17 — 67
Elyria 9 11 14 14 — 48
Three-point goals: Lakewood 5-17 (Gerhardt 3, McDonald 2), Elyria 2-9 (Parsh 2). Field goals: Lakewood 29-48 (60 percent), Elyria 18-46 (39 percent). Free throws: Lakewood 4-7 (57 percent), Elyria 10-12 (83 percent). Rebounds: Lakewood 23 (Swift, Goolsby 5), Elyria 27 (Oliver 9). Turnovers: Lakewood 9, Elyria 11. Fouls: Lakewood 17, Elyria 11. Technical Foul: Walton. Fouled Out: None.
Junior varsity: Elyria, 48-44.