Midview's Dane Rseichard goes to the hoop Friday night, February 22nd. STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE
EATON TWP. — Midview waited until just the right time to play one of its best second halves of the season.
Behind the post play of junior wing Jonny Manning, who scored all of his 10 points in the second half and a defense that held Avon Lake without a field goal in the third quarter, the Middies pulled away for a 56-42 Southwestern Conference win on Senior Night in Kubuski Gymnasium.
Besides having a huge senior crowd cheering them on, not much went right for Midview (11-11, 9-9) in the early going.
Shoremen junior Tanner Russell hit three 3-pointers in the first five minutes as Avon Lake (11-11, 8-10) built an early 12-5 lead.
The Middies recovered to cut the deficit to five, 27-22, at the half.
When they came out in the second half they were on a mission.
“We stayed within the offense, we got some steals and we fed off the crowd,” junior guard Marcell Young said. “That was the biggest student section we’ve had all year and it really got us going.”
Manning gave Midview its first lead of the game, 28-27, with a layup with 6:31 to play in the third. Avon Lake responded with a pair of Cole Schraff free throws to retake the lead at 29-28.
From that point on, the Middies went on an 11-0 run and the Shoremen went scoreless for 5:17.
“It was a meltdown,” Avon Lake coach Eric Smith said. “We turned it over, we missed layups, we missed free throws, we messed up defensive assignments. Everything we did right in the first half we didn’t do in the second half.”
Russell and Schraff led Avon Lake with 12 points apiece. Young led the Middies with 10 points.
The Middies took their biggest lead and gave their crowd its biggest thrill of the night when Manning dunked to put his team up 49-30.
“It was another slow start. I was in a slump again,” Manning said. “I just kept buying into what coach was telling us on the bench, to keep hustling and keep working for the team. We wanted to get this win. The most important thing was to honor the seniors and make sure they got in as much as possible.”
A pair of Midview’s seven seniors, Michael Marsh and Joe Ferritto, players who didn’t see a lot of time this season, played a big role in the Middies’ win with 3-pointers. Marsh’s long-range jumper gave Midview its first points of the game. Ferritto hit his 3-pointer from in front of the Middies’ bench just before the final buzzer.
“The win was huge,” Midview coach Jim Brabenec said. “All year these guys have come to practice and worked hard and bought into what we were doing. This win was a big morale boost for us. Hopefully we can use this to build some momentum into Wednesday night (when the Middies open Division I sectional play against Berea-Midpark).
“We started getting aggressive in the second half. In the first half we weren’t making layups or free throws. In the second half guys started getting to the rim and finishing better.”
After enduring a five-game losing streak at the beginning of February, Midview enters the postseason on a two-game winning streak. Avon Lake ended the regular season on a three-game losing streak.
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Midview 56, Avon Lake 42
Avon Lake 17 10 4 11 — 42
Midview 9 13 17 17 — 56
AVON LAKE (42): Nick Marsh 1-2-4, Tanner Russell 4-1-12, Cole Schraff 3-5-12, Nate Sidloski 1-0-2, Creed Bolognia 2-0-4, Nate Murtaugh 4-0-8. Totals 15-8-42.
MIDVIEW (56): Isiah Johnson 3-1-7, Nyco Vidal 1-0-3, Andrew Gooch 3-0-7, Michael Marsh 1-0-3, Jesse Franklin 0-2-2, Dane Reichard 4-0-9, Joe Ferritto 1-0-3, Marcell Young 6-0-12, Jonny Manning 3-4-10. Totals 22-7-56.
Three-point goals: Avon Lake (Russell, Schraff), Midview (Vidal, Gooch, Marsh, Ferritto, Reichard); Field goals: Avon Lake 15-37 (41 percent), Midview 22-43 (51 percent); Free throws: Avon Lake 8-14 (57 percent), Midview 7-9 (77 percent); Rebounds: Avon Lake 26, Midview 43; Turnovers: Avon Lake 15, Midview 12; Total fouls: Avon Lake 13, Midview 12.
Junior varsity: Avon Lake, 36-29