KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE Elyria Catholic High School's Jarred Logan (1) puts up a shot during a game against Bay Village on Friday night, December 14.
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ELYRIA — When Elyria Catholic’s longtime public address announcer Matt
St. Marie opened Friday’s game with his signature line, “It’s basketball time at the Coliseum,” he wasn’t kidding.
The Panthers and Bay gave the fans a night to remember in their Great Lakes Conference opener.
Final score: EC 82, Bay 79.
The Panthers jumped all over the Rockets through the first quarter and four minutes into the second to build a 40-24 lead but Bay wasn’t about to go quietly.
With EC leading scorer Jarred Logan picking up three quick fouls in the second quarter and his fourth with 6:20 to play in the third, the Panthers were reeling and the Rockets looked ready to take control.
“We spent a lot of time (Thursday) saying Bay was a great team and they would make runs,” EC coach Rob Palmer said. “We actually talked about getting up 16 to 20 points and knowing they’re the type of team that can shoot their way back into it. As it happened, one of our timeouts, we talked about that.
“Shooting teams will shoot their way back in but teams that will grind it out, will find a way to grind it out.”
The Rockets, behind the slick play of senior Erik Painter, took the lead for the first time since early in the first quarter at 66-62 as the third quarter was about to end. Painter, who hadn’t practiced much this week due to illness, finished the game with 31 points.
“Erik Painter was sick in bed for five or six days,” Bay coach Jared Shetzer said. “The kid had one practice the entire week. So he was a little flat and then Cade Gergye rolled his ankle on Sunday so we were without our No. 1 and 4 man. It’s tough.”
The third quarter ended with EC’s David Griffin beating the buzzer on a 3-pointer to pull the Panthers within one entering the final eight minutes. That’s when Branson Taylor and Edward Wright went back to work and the Panthers pulled out the win.
“The three at the end of the third quarter was the back-breaker,” Shetzer said. “We go into the fourth quarter up four, I feel a whole lot better about where we’re at.”
EC turned the ball over 10 times during Bay’s frantic rally in the third quarter. And with Logan on the bench, the Rockets outscored the Panthers 24-19.
“As great as Jarred is, and anybody would want him on your team, we’re 12 strong,” Palmer said. “We’re deep and we’ll play a lot of guys.”
Bay had no answer for the 6-foot-7, 285-pound Taylor, who took control inside, while Wright, a 6-0 guard, got things under control outside. Wright scored 10 of his 20 points in the quarter, including five of six free throws to help ice the victory. Taylor was a beast inside and finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Off the bench, Connor Trockley came through with 14 points.
“They came back hard,” Wright said of Bay’s rally. “We weren’t ready for that big of a punch but at the end of the day, we pulled the win out. We composed ourselves.”
“I was in the right position at the right time,” said Taylor, who was 10-of-14 from the field. “They were finding me.”
Wright’s two free throws with 19.6 seconds left gave the Panthers an 81-77 lead, and Jack Griffin hit the back end of a two-shot foul with 11.4 left for the final margin. Jack Maxwell’s long-range three missed as the buzzer sounded.
“We work on that every day in practice,” Wright said. “Advantage, disadvantage, we play up, we play down, we know what to do in certain situations and I practice my foul shots every day.”
“This is a close-knit team,” Palmer said. “We’re excited to have that type of competition come at us. We’ve been talking all year. We can’t wait to get through this season and play for a state title. It starts with this conference and the tough non-conference schedule we play. Hey, the better the competition, the better we feel.”
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Elyria Catholic 82, Bay 79
BAY (79): Erik Painter 12-3-31, Max Showalter 3-1-7, Cooper Lyons 2-0-5, Jack Maxwell 4-3-14, Christian Dupps 4-6-15, Francis Sherman 1-3-5, Jake Martin 1-0-2, Ashton Price 0-0-0. Totals 27-16-79.
ELYRIA CATHOLIC (82): Jarred Logan 2-4-8, Jack Griffin 3-1-9, Edward Wright 6-5-20, David Griffin 2-2-8, Branson Taylor 10-0-20, Connor Trockley 5-1-14, Luke Costantino 0-0-0, Gunner Ziegman 0-0-0, Jordan Taylor 0-0-0, Eli Palmer 1-0-3. Totals 29-13-82.
Bay 16 26 24 13 — 79
Elyria Catholic 24 22 19 17 — 82
Three-point goals: Bay 9-28 (Painter 4, Maxwell 3, Dupps, Lyons), Elyria Catholic 11-19 (Wright 3, Trockley 3, J.Griffin 2, D. Griffin 2, Palmer). Field goals: Bay 27-67 (40 percent), Elyria Catholic 29-54 (54 percent). Free throws: Bay 16-24 (66 percent), Elyria Catholic 13-21 (62 percent). Rebounds: Bay 30 (Dupps 6), Elyria Catholic 43 (Taylor 13). Turnovers: Bay 8, Elyria Catholic 21. Fouls: Bay 21, Elyria Catholic 21. Fouled out: Lyons.
Junior varsity: Elyria Catholic, 48-45