ELYRIA — Saturday’s championship game of the Open Door Christmas Classic was like watching your favorite holiday special or listening to a traditional Christmas carol — shortly after it began everyone already knew the ending.
The Patriots (5-2) broke the game open with a late first-quarter run and never looked back as they routed Christian Community 90-52.
Open Door shot 58 percent from the field, hit nine 3-pointers, got all 11 players in the scoring column and forced 28 turnovers. In other words, it played a nearly perfect game.
“(Open Door coach Todd Wright) told us before the game that you don’t get many chances to play in championship games in your career,” Patriots junior Trey Brooks said. “So we took advantage of that special opportunity and played our best ball.”
After a 26-point game Friday, Brooks scored 16 points in the title game to earn the tournament MVP award. Junior Carter Wright led the Patriots with 17 points, Jared Bublinec added 14 points and Gavin Dobbins finished with 12. Open Door won its home tournament for the third straight year.
“We love to win our own tournament, it’s something that’s really important to us,” Wright said. “More important than just winning was how we played. We’ve been working on a lot of detail things and I thought we really did those things well. We’re going to need to continue to improve because our schedule gets tougher but for now we’re going to enjoy this.”
The Patriots led 44-22 at halftime and extended its lead to 31 points by the end of the third quarter. Seven Open Door players made at least one 3-pointer and the Patriots only committed 10 turnovers.
Khalis Thornton led Christian Community (3-4) with 14 points, while Trevor Doeringer added 12 points and Jacob Martinez finished with 11.
“We have a bigger tournament coming up at the end of the month in Wellington,” Brooks said. “But this was so important for us. We wanted to give our fans a great game and show them what they wanted to see. It’s always good to dominate your home floor.”
In the girls championship game, Christian Community kept its perfect season intact with a 35-32 win over Open Door.
The Warriors (6-0) led by seven at halftime but had to mount a late-game comeback after Open Door (4-3) took a 27-26 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Lydia Solak led Christian Community with 13 points and Maddie Markovich had 12. The Patriots were led by Emily McClain who scored 12 points, including the game’s only 3-pointer.
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