ELYRIA — Almost from the opening tip there wasn’t much doubt who would win Thursday’s Lake Effect Conference game between Open Door and Lake Ridge.
Open Door raced out to a comfortable lead in the first quarter and waltzed to a 100-47 win.
The only unanswered question with nine seconds left was would junior Mason Wiley make the free throw for the Patriots’ 100th point after missing his first opportunity.
“Don’t miss,” Wiley said when asked what was going through his mind. “When I missed my first one, I knew what was wrong with it. I was able to correct it for my second shot. I knew the second shot was going in as soon as I missed the first. The environment was crazy.”
The fans seated on the other end of the gym went berserk when his second shot swished through to give Open Door the magic number.
“It was fun,” said Open Door’s leading scorer, Jared Bublinec.
“We were all over there (on the bench) holding hands and bending over, getting all excited. I don’t think we’ve ever put up 100. It was exciting for us to do that.”
Open Door (8-2, 8-0 LEC) breezed to a 23-8 lead and coasted the rest of the way. The crowd really got into it when the Patriots were nearing the century mark. Open Door scored 34 points in the final quarter.
“We know we have a long way to go,” Patriots coach Todd Wright said. “I think we can get a lot better — especially on the defensive end. I love this squad. I love our bench. I trust all 10 of them anytime on the floor. They look for each other, work with each other, love each other. That’s what it’s really all about.”
The Patriots have won eight in a row though four of those wins count as scrimmages in the official Ohio High School Athletic Association books.
Open Door had four players in double figures, three with nine points each and two more with seven. Bublinec led the way with 18 whileTrey Brooks and Miles Hunt each had 14. Carter Wright scored 10. Brooks led Open Door to a wide 49-30 rebound edge with 11. Bublinec had six rebounds.
Ted DeMarco (14 points, five rebounds), Austin Bramhall (12 points), Will Cunningham (eight rebounds), and Ryan Rosu (seven rebounds) led the Lions (1-8, 1-6).
“It’s good to know we can get up on that lead and still play within ourselves,” said Bublinec, who recently scored his 1,000th career point. “Coach preaches all the time that it’s never us versus the other team, it’s us versus us. We have the talent to win and we just can’t damage ourselves on our way to winning.”
Open Door 100, Lake Ridge 47
LAKE RIDGE (47): Ryan Rosu 2-1-5, Matt South 3-0-7, Austin Bramhall 5-1-12, Will Cunningham 2-0-5, Ted DeMarco 5-3-14, Matt Harrington 2-0-4, Sparsh Balabadrapatruni 0-0-0, Taha Akbar 0-0-0, Connor Spencer 0-0-0, Logan Urban 0-0-0. Totals 19-5-47.
OPEN DOOR (100): Trey Brooks 6-1-14, Miles Hunt 6-1-14, Carter Wright 4-0-10, Jared Bublinec 5-6-18, Gavin Dobbins 3-1-9, Josh Zaborowski 3-0-7, Mark Yakobchuk 4-0-9, Tylan Neadham 3-1-7, Caleb Daniel 3-1-9, Mason Wiley 0-3-3. Totals 37-14-100.
Lake Ridge 12 11 17 7 — 47
Open Door 26 21 19 34 — 100
Three-point goals: Lake Ridge 4-22 (South, Bramhall, Cunningham, DeMarco), Open Door 12-26 (Wright 2, Bublinec 2, Daniel 2, Dobbins 2, Brooks, Hunt, Zabrowski, Yakobchuk). Field goals: Lake Ridge 19-58 (33 percent), Open Door 37-74 (50 percent). Free throws: Lake Ridge 5-8 (62.5 percent), Open Door 14-24 (58 percent). Rebounds: Lake Ridge 30 (Cunningham 8), Open Door 49 (Brooks 11). Turnovers: Lake Ridge 22, Open Door 11. Fouls: Lake Ridge 18, Open Door 12. Fouled out: South.
Junior varsity: Open Door, 57-26