Open Door's Trey Brooks is guarded by First Baptist's Carson Odle Dec. 15. STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLEim
ELYRIA — Whenever Open Door Christian needed a big play Friday night, Trey Brooks was ready to deliver.
Brooks, a 6-foot-4 junior, had a game-high 26 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots as the Patriots held off a feisty First Baptist team 64-54 in the opening round of the Open Door Christmas Classic.
Brooks scored seven of his points in the first four minutes of the second quarter to help the Patriots (4-2) end the half on a 14-1 run to take a 34-24 halftime lead.
“(First Baptist) played a great game tonight, offensively and defensively, but we pulled out the win,” Brooks said. “We always talk about next player up and we work on that in practice, so when we’re down we were still comfortable knowing someone will step up.”
First Baptist (2-4) got all-star performances from sophomore guard Carson Odle and junior center Ebuka Ojukwu. Odle led his team with 23 points, and while Ojukwu scored only nine points he dominated the glass with 18 rebounds.
“We did a great job on the boards and for the most part we did a good job of taking care of the basketball,” First Baptist coach Darren Snelling said.
The Sabres had to play the entire second half without starting forward Josue Collazo, who left the game with 3:26 to play in the second quarter with a left foot injury. He was on the bench in the second half in a walking boot. He has already been ruled out of today’s consolation game.
“We did really well doing the best we could, hanging in there without Josue,” Snelling said. “The kids never hung their heads when they were down and they kept battling.”
Friday was Open Door’s annual Silent Night game in which the home crowd remains silent until the Patriots score their 10th point. This year it was junior Jared Bublinec who send the crowd into a frenzy with a 3-pointer midway through the first quarter that made the score 12-9 in favor of Open Door.
“(The Silent Night game) is super exciting every year,” Bublinec said. “A ton of people come out, it’s super loud. That was the first time I’ve ever hit the 10th point. I hadn’t made a shot before that so I was like, ‘I’ve gotta do this.’”
Bublinec finished with 15 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.
Open Door stretched its lead to as many as 17 points in the second half but each time First Baptist made a run a get back within 10.
“I felt like we gave a great effort,” Open Door coach Todd Wright said. “First Baptist also played a great game and kept putting themselves in a position to come back and win. We had to battle through that and we also had some foul trouble but we kept fighting. In the end we got just enough shots to go to get the W.”
In the first game, Christian Community needed a stellar second-half defensive performance to defeat Heritage Christian 47-35 and to set up an All-Lorain County final tonight at 5:30.
The Warriors held Heritage Christian to 12 second-half points.
“We came out with more intensity in the second half and we were picking up the defense at half court,” Christian Community coach Josh Houston said. “On the offensive end we were really hustling, getting rebounds and scoring second-chance points.”
Trevor Doeringer led the Warriors (3-3) with 15 points.
“We started slow but then we picked it up and started doing the things and running the plays we work on in practice,” Doeringer said. “It was a good team effort.”
Jacob Martinez was able in double figures with 12 points for Christian Community.
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Open Door 64, First Baptist 54
FIRST BAPTIST (54): Ebuka Ojukwu 3-3-9, Jonaton Collazo 5-0-11, Carson Odle 7-8-23, Josue Collazo 3-0-7, Kent Hurlbert 0-4-4. Totals 18-15-54.
OPEN DOOR (64): Trey Brooks 9-7-26, R.J. Stanford 2-0-4, Carter Wright 3-1-7, Josh Zaborowski 1-0-3, Jared Bublinec 7-0-15, Caleb Daniel 1-0-3, Maxx Wiley 3-0-6. Totals 26-8-64.
First Baptist 15 9 14 16 — 54
Open Door 18 16 15 15 — 64
Three point goals: First Baptist (Jon. Collazo, Jos. Collazo, Odle), Open Door (Brooks, Zaborowski, Bublinec, Daniel). Field goals: First Baptist 18-50 (36 percent), Open Door 26-55 (47 percent). Free throws: First Baptist 15-24 (63 percent), Open Door 8-14 (57 percent). Rebounds: First Baptist 33, Open Door 30. Turnovers: First Baptist 20, Open Door 15. Total fouls: First Baptist 12, Open Door 22. Fouled out: Bublinec.
Christian Community 47, Heritage Christian 35
CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY (47): Trevor Doeringer 7-1-15, Micah Doane 3-0-6, Josh Wager 1-0-2, Khalis Thornton 1-0-2, Joe Baldwin 1-0-2, Ethan Kawczak 1-0-2, Tim Meng 3-0-6, Jacob Martinez 5-0-12. Totals 22-1-47.
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (35): Luke Ptacek 5-0-14, Jason Duarte 1-0-3, Sam Amponte 6-3-15, Jack Borke 1-1-3, Omar Dalbah 0-0-0. Totals 13-4-35.
Christian Community 14 10 12 11 — 47
Heritage Christian 8 15 5 7 — 35
Three point goals: Christian Community (Martinez), Heritage Christian (Ptacek 4, Duarte). Free throws: Christian Community 1-6 (17 percent), Heritage Christian 4-6 (67 percent). Total fouls: Christian Community 10, Heritage Christian 8.