Elyria Catholic's Branson Taylor shoots over Parma's Josh Rose Jan. 25. STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE
ELYRIA — When things didn’t go well for Elyria Catholic against Parma on Friday night, the Panthers called on two options: Edward Wright and Jarred Logan.
Wright scored a game-high 16 points and Logan added a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds, leading Elyria Catholic to a 58-48 Great Lakes Conference win.
“I definitely felt like I needed to bring energy tonight,” Logan said. “Not just energy in scoring the ball but energy in all aspects of the game — passing and rebounding. As a senior leader, I have to set the tone and my teammates brought the energy out of me.”
The Panthers (8-7, 6-1) needed to bring energy late.
Elyria Catholic led 53-40 with 2:30 left, but the Redmen (5-8, 2-4) went on an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 53-48 with a minute left. On the next possession, Jack Griffin stole the ball from Parma’s Corey Gray and passed it to Logan for a dunk to seal the win.
“I think we self-inflicted for the most part,” Elyria Catholic coach Rob Palmer said. “Running the type of offense we like to run, guys are going to get different opportunities. There were five possessions in a row that we made bad decisions.
“I didn’t think they were going to lose the lead, but they can play smarter.”
Parma had the rebounding edge (27-26) and shot 9-of-19 (47 percent) from 3-point range.
“There were a few keys for us tonight: to rebound the ball and defend the 3-point line,” Palmer said. “I wouldn’t give us passing grades on either one. I think we could have done a better job at both, but a win is a win.”
Elyria Catholic started out on fire in the first quarter as Wright scored eight of his 16 points to give the Panthers a 19-16 lead.
“I’ve been shooting the ball real good in the gym,” Wright said. “I’ve been shooting the ball well for the rest of my life and I want to get my shooting percentage up.”
The Panthers and Redmen struggled on offense. However, the defense of Luke Constantino made up for Elyria Catholic’s problems. Constantino took two charges on Parma’s Allan Eason that forced him into foul trouble and helped Elyria Catholic to a 28-22 halftime lead.
“Luke took two big charges to give us an energy boost and those were huge for us,” Logan said.
In last year’s game between the Panthers and Redmen at Elyria Catholic, 16 players were ejected for a bench-clearing brawl. Logan wanted to show class this year.
“We talked about it during practice and we wanted to give something back to the community,” he said. “We wanted to show that we’re past that, so hopefully that’s a good direction for the community.”
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Elyria Catholic 58, Parma 48
PARMA (48): Allan Eason 3-2-9, Jordan Terbrack 2-4-8, Manny Allen 0-0-0, Josh Rose 4-2-14, Kevin Ivancic 3-0-9, Brayden Humbel 3-1-8, Corey Gray 0-0-0, Makail Cottingham 0-0-0, Bobby Hausler 0-0-0. Totals 15-9-48.
ELYRIA CATHOLIC (58): Jarred Logan 3-7-13, Jack Griffin 2-0-4, Eli Palmer 2-0-4, Edward Wright 6-2-16, Connor Trockley 1-0-3, David Griffin 1-2-4, Luke Constantino 1-0-2, Branson Taylor 6-0-12. Totals 22-11-58.
Parma 16 6 11 15 — 48
Elyria Catholic 19 9 11 19 — 58
Three-point goals: Parma (Rose 4, Ivancic 3, Humbel, Eason), Elyria Catholic (Wright 2, Trockley). Field goals: Parma 15-46 (33 percent), Elyria Catholic 21-42 (50 percent). Free throws: Parma 9-17 (53 percent), Elyria Catholic 11-16 (69 percent). Rebounds: Parma 27, Elyria Catholic 26. Turnovers: Parma 16, Elyria Catholic 8. Total fouls: Parma 17, Elyria Catholic 12. Technical fouls: Eason, Palmer. Fouled out: Eason.
Junior varsity: Elyria Catholic, 44-41 (OT).