KRISTIN BAUER / CHRONICLE Elyria Catholic High School's Edward Wright (5) takes the ball to the hoop as Crestwood High School's Andrew Gullett (0) trails behind on Friday night, March 1.
ELYRIA — Jarred Logan said goodbye to the Elyria Catholic Coliseum the best way he could.
Logan had a triple-double with 26 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists in leading the Panthers to an easy 79-59 win over sixth-seeded Crestwood in a Division III sectional final.
It was Logan’s final game on the Coliseum hardwood. Third-seeded EC (14-9) advances to the district semifinal against No. 2 Warrensville Heights next Friday at Garfield Heights. Crestwood finishes the year 16-8.
“It feels amazing,” Logan said. “This is a place that has given me so many opportunities and has done so much for me. I feel like I just wanted to do all I could on my last time coming out here. I just wanted to give everything back not only to the Coliseum but to the fans of it, too. This is a great atmosphere.”
“Jarred is a very sentimental guy,” EC coach Rob Palmer said. “He’s a very thoughtful young man, a strong leader. I had no doubt when push came to shove, when we needed him on this court in his last game that he would be there.”
Logan certainly was. An early 11-point EC run took any doubt away against a pretty good Crestwood team from Mantua in Portage County. Logan scored seven of those points, two coming on a steal and lob pass from fellow senior David Griffin, who finished with 11 points.
It was 14-2 with 3:15 left in the first quarter.
“It means a lot to us — especially Jarred, Gunner (Ziegman) and I,” said Griffin, whose younger brother Jack starts in the backcourt, as well. “This is the last time ever playing on this floor. We wanted to go out and win and play hard.”
“We wanted to give our seniors a good experience,” said junior guard Edward Wright, who scored 20 points. “We wanted to get the win for them and try to get all of them involved in our win.”
Ziegman, the third senior on the team, came off the bench to score three points.
“I love being on this team,” Ziegman said. “It’s my family. It’s just how we run — we’re a pack.”
Quite simply, the Panthers took care of business, leading 61-35 late in the third quarter.
“They won 16 games this year,” Palmer said of Crestwood. “I don’t care what conference you play in or where you’re playing at, 16 games means you’re doing something right. They’re very well-coached. They have good players and shooters throughout the lineup. We just stuck to our game plan really solid.”
Palmer likes the way EC is playing right now with seven wins in their last eight games. Branson Taylor (eight points, six rebounds) and Jack Griffin (four points, two rebounds and two steals) are the other starters.
“I think right now we’re peaking at the right time of year,” Palmer said. “That’s our 14th win and I know 10 of those have probably been in the last eight weeks or so. I think there’s a lot better basketball that we can play, and it’s exciting.”
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Elyria Catholic 79, Crestwood 59
CRESTWOOD (59): Andrew Gullett 0-0-0, Trent Jacacki 2-0-4, Mason Jacacki 1-2-4, Blaze Angle 1-0-2, Mason Angle 9-4-26, Cole Fannin 2-2-6, Austin Johnson 5-0-12, Mason Daniels 2-0-5, Wayne Garner 0-0-0, Don DeJardins 0-0-0, Evan Daniels 0-0-0. Totals 22-8-59.
ELYRIA CATHOLIC (79): Jarred Logan 9-7-26, Jack Griffin 2-0-4, Edward Wright 7-3-20, David Griffin 4-2-11, Branson Taylor 4-0-8, Eli Palmer 1-1-3, Nate Damron 2-0-4, Luke Costintino 0-0-0, Gunner Ziegman 1-1-3. Totals 30-14-79.
Crestwood 9 15 14 21 — 59
Elyria Catholic 16 24 23 16 — 79
Three-point goals: Crestwood 7-26 (M.Angle 4, Johnson 2, Daniels), Elyria Catholic 5-10 (Wright 3, Logan, D.Griffin). Field goals: Crestwood 22-54 (41 percent), Elyria Catholic 30-49 (61 percent). Free throws: Crestwood 8-14 (57 percent), Elyria Catholic 14-20 (70 percent). Rebounds: Crestwood 21 (Fannin 5), Elyria Catholic 35 (Logan 17). Turnovers: Crestwood 11, Elyria Catholic 16. Fouls: Crestwood 14, Elyria Catholic 18. Flagrant foul: B. Angle. Technical foul: Crestwood bench. Fouled out: T. Jacacki.