ELYRIA — With schools closed today and Thursday, perhaps Elyria started its “freeze-days” a little early.
The Pioneers were held to 12 first-half points, only one coming in the second quarter, and lost big time to Medina 69-48 in Greater Cleveland Conference play Tuesday night.
Medina improved to 8-7 overall, 4-5 in the league.
“Give (Medina coach) Chris (Hassinger) and his kids credit,” said Elyria coach Brett Larrick, whose team fell to 7-10 overall and 1-8 in the Greater Cleveland Conference. “They thought they were struggling. They wanted to buckle down. They’re really, really, really hard-playing kids out there and played some really good switching defense that we didn’t adjust to until it was too late.”
It was an ugly brand of basketball for sure. The Pioneers missed all 11 of their shots in the second quarter and made only 5-of-23 in the first half in falling behind 32-12. Elyria turned the ball over 10 times by halftime.
“We don’t get great shots,” Larrick said. “We were throwing the ball up there. We were weak. Second half, at least we attacked strong and got to the free throw line.”
Larrick was right. Elyria only took three foul shots over nearly all of the first three quarters. The Pioneers shot 17 from the free throw line over the final nine minutes.
“We don’t think it was ugly at all,” said Hassinger. “We thought that was the best game we’ve played all year both offensively and defensively. We played really well in the first half. Second half, (Elyria) started getting more physical with us and we haven’t had that opportunity where we’ve been up a bunch in a game. We had to deal with that and play through that.”
The Bees did everything right at least in the first half and most of the third quarter. With 1:53 to play in the third quarter, Medina led 49-16.
To the Pioneers’ credit, they battled back to make it 56-38 midway through the fourth quarter.
MarSaun Robinson and Caleb Rogers combined for 25 points for Elyria, with 19 coming after halftime when the game was out of reach. Will Waddell finished with nine.
“They were ready to play from the get-go,” Larrick of the Bees. “We weren’t ready to play. We didn’t adjust fast enough.”
Medina shot the ball well, hitting 50 percent from the field. The Bees forced 10 first-half turnovers and held Elyria without a field goal for the entire second quarter.
Medina 69, Elyria 48
MEDINA (69): Kyle Szumski 6-0-13, Corey Tripp 6-5-17, Brandon Geschke 0-0-0, Luke Hensley 1-2-4, Drew Hassinger 2-0-5, Spencer Aylward 4-0-9, Sam Peacock 1-0-2, Tayvion Gauther 4-0-10, Doug Sartain 2-0-5, Daniel Terrian 1-0-2, Jack Hagan 1-0-2, Jadin Clark 0-0-0, Brandon Curie 0-0-0, Chris Howard 0-0-0. Totals 28-7-69.
ELYRIA (48): MarSaun Robinson 3-6-13, Caleb Rogers 3-5-12, Jahkai Owens 1-0-2, Josiah Grantham 0-0-0, Will Waddell 4-1-9, Aiden Carter 3-0-6, Izaiah Thomas 0-1-1, Nate Collins 1-1-3, Jesse Stevens 0-0-0, Jahmil Reed 1-0-2. Totals 16-14-48.
Medina 16 16 17 20 — 69
Elyria 11 1 12 24 — 48
Three-point goals: Medina 6-21 (Gauthier 2, Szumski, Hassinger, Aylward, Sartain), Elyria 2-10 (Robinson, Rogers). Field goals: Medina 28-56 (50 percent), Elyria 16-49 (33 percent). Free throws: Medina 7-11 (64 percent), Elyria 14-20 (70 percent). Rebounds: Medina 36 (Szumski, Hensley 7), Elyria 27 (Owens, Grantham 5). Turnovers: Medina 10, Elyria 14. Fouls: Medina 17, Elyria 14.
Junior varsity: Medina, 58-49