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Boys basketball: Gage Carnes, dominant defense lead Midview to easy win over North Olmsted

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    Midview's Isiah Johnson goes up for a shot against North Olmsted's Jon Kramer during Wednesday's Division I sectional opener at Midview High School. The Middies rolled 77-37.

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    Midview's Vince Birth shoots for points over North Olmsted Wednesday night.

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    Midview's Jonny Manning scores over North Olmsted Wednesday night.

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    Midview's Jonny Manning blocks a shot by North Olmsted's Darren Anders.

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    Midview's Aiden Breggins moves past North Olmsted's Jon Kramer.

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    Midview's Trevor Porter scores on a breakaway.

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EATON TWP. — Gage Carnes didn’t want Midview’s season to end Wednesday.

So the senior did his part to make sure it didn’t, scoring a game-high 23 points to lead the fourth-seeded Middies to a 77-37 win over 13th-seeded North Olmsted in a Division I sectional opener at Midview High School.

“My shots were falling and my teammates got me a lot of shots,” Carnes said. “We just played a good game tonight.”

Midview (13-10) will host Avon Lake, the No. 5 seed in the Elyria district, for a sectional championship Saturday at 7 p.m.

“Our goal was to practice tomorrow,” Midview coach Jim Brabenec said. “Hopefully, our next goal is to practice next week.”

The Middies picked up their first postseason win since beating Rhodes 60-57 in a sectional opener in 2015. That team lost to Elyria 48-45 in the sectional final.

“I’m happy for our guys,” Brabenec said. “No one on our team has won a tournament game before, so it was cool for those guys and all those seniors to get a tournament win.”

Midview, which never trailed, started on fire on offense and defense in the first quarter. The Middies shot 8-of-15 from the field and forced eight North Olmsted turnovers to take a 22-5 lead.

Carnes made all four of his shots and scored 11 of his 23 points in the first.

“We played really hard on defense tonight and a lot harder in the last couple of games,” Carnes said. “That’s what we need to do to keep it up for the next couple of games.”

The Middies continued its solid play in the second quarter, and North Olmsted (1-22) had a hard time guarding senior Vince Birth. Birth scored nine of his 16 points, including two 3-pointers, and helped force six Eagles turnovers to extend the Middies leadto 51-22 at halftime.

“I think we played great as a team tonight,” Birth said. “We moved the ball well and we knocked down shots early to keep it rolling.

“I thought I shot the ball well tonight. My teammates were behind me, I was getting open and I was just knocking them down.”

Birth was also happy with the way his teammates played on defense in the first half.

“We just ran around and got good traps and we played hard as a team,” he said.

With the Middies leading 57-27 halfway through the third quarter, Brabenec pulled his starters out. Under a new rule this postseason, if a team is leading by 30 or more points, the clock will only stop when the team has the score back under 30. Midview led 66-32 at the end of the third.

The Middies played their junior varsity players in the fourth to seal the win. Joe Ferritto had five points and made a 3-pointer late in the quarter that had the Midview players and fans jumping out of their seats.

Midview forced 16 turnovers and had a 29-11 rebounding edge.

“We were active and we had high energy,” Brabenec said. “We had a good week of practice and I thought that good week of practice translated into tonight.”

North Olmsted coach Jason Frolo wasn’t pleased how his team played in its final game.

“I expected to come out and complete a lot better,” he said. “I thought we were well-prepared and I expected more that. It got away from us early and (Midview) never looked back.”

Contact Tim Grattan at 329-7207 or tgrattan@chroniclet.com. Follow him @Tim_Grattan77 on Twitter.

Midview 77, North Olmsted 37

NORTH OLMSTED (43): Jon Kramer 3-0-9, Sean Rogers 1-0-3, Ilia Aleksic 0-0-0, Ben Lima 1-0-3, Sean Elbin 0-1-1, Sam Bring 0-0-0, Darren Anders 6-2-14, Jarrett Wonders 0-1-1, Jared Strong 1-0-3, Tom Cvijovic 1-0-3. Totals 13-4-37.

MIDVIEW (77): Aidan Breggins 1-0-2, Isiah Johnson 2-3-7, Seamus Higley 0-2-2, Trevor Porter 2-0-4, Carson Gregory 0-0-0, Gage Carnes 8-4-23, Dane Richard 0-0-0, Brandon Gilchrist 1-0-2, Vince Birth 6-1-16, Marcell Young 0-0-0, Andrew Gooch 1-2-4, Jonny Manning 4-2-10, Bryce Sanders 1-0-2, Joe Ferritto 2-0-5. Totals 16-9-77.

North Olmsted 5   17 10  5  — 37
Midview            22 29 15 11 — 77

Three-point goals: North Olmsted 7-15 (Kramer 3, Rogers, Lima, Cvijovic, Strong), Midview 7-16 (Carnes 3, Birth 3, Ferritto). Field goals: North Olmsted 13-33 (39 percent), Midview 28-44 (63 percent). Free throws: North Olmsted 4-7 (51 percent), Midview 14-16 (88 percent). Rebounds: North Olmsted 11 (Anders 5), Midview 29 (Manning 7). Totals fouls: North Olmsted 13, Midview 9. Turnovers: North Olmsted 16, Midview 9.

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