EATON TWP. — The Midview Middies jumped out to a 12-0 lead and never faltered in handily beating Vermilion 67-34 Friday night in a West Shore Conference game.
The Middies, fielding a starting five averaging 6-foot-3, easily outranked the much shorter Sailors, who average just 6-0.
Midview made good use of the difference in commanding both the boards and the paint on the way to improving to 9-2, 4-1 in the WSC.
“We wanted to set the tone right away,” Middies coach Troy DiFranco said. “The kids came out ready to play and we were able to use our height advantage to get some easy baskets.”
They certainly did.
Patrick Linn, Riley Moore and D.J. Johnson each scored back-to-back baskets underneath as the Middies made six of seven on their way to the 12-0 run.
The game was essentially over since the Sailors could manage only four free throws and Cameron Kuhn’s layup in falling behind 22-6 after eight minutes.
The margin widened to 35-6 midway through the second period before Kuhn scored eight points during a modest 8-2 Vermilion run before halftime.
Kuhn finished with 15 points to lead the Sailors.
“They (the Middies) were much, much better than us tonight,” said Sailors coach Kurt Habermehl after his team fell to 2-7, 0-5. “We needed to hit some shots early and we didn’t. And we got some good open looks in the first quarter.
“Any time you fall behind like that you have to take chances. When you take chances you run the risk of getting blown out of the water.
“Midview did a heckuva job clearing the bottom area except for one guy and we found ourselves trying to defend a 6-5 guy with a six-footer.”
One simple statistic told the story. While the Middies made 32 field goals, the Sailors managed only 10 on 44 attempts. Their 13-2 advantage at the free throw line hardly mattered.
Linn and Moore, both 6-5 seniors, scored 18 and 12 points, respectively, to lead the Middies offense. Linn’s total was his high for the season. Johnson, another senior, added 10.
“Everybody went at it for the whole 32 minutes,” Linn said. “We knew coming out with these guys (the Sailors) that we had to push the ball from the get-go. We’re bigger than them so we wanted to beat them in the post and that’s what we did.
“All of our guards were amazing tonight. They were making amazing passes to us in the post. That makes it a lot easier for the post men. All we had to do was make layups.”
That was only part of Linn’s game, according to DiFranco.
“He’s really stepping up and becoming a great defensive player,” DiFranco said. “Kuhn had a great first half but Linn did a nice job on him in the second half.”
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Midview 67, Vermilion 34
MIDVIEW (67): Eddie Brezina 3-1-7, D.J. Johnson 5-0-10, Justin Morris 1-0-2, Patrick Linn 9-0-18, Riley Moore 6-0-12, MichaleSnoddy 2-0-5, Devin Dombrowski 0-0-0, Steven Gott 2-1-5, Dylan Eason 0-0-0, Grant Overy 0-0-0, Arlington McClinton 3-0-6, Jack Duffner 1-0-2. Totals 32-2-67.
VERMILION (34): Jordan Gillespie 0-3-3, Austin Kazmer 0-0-0, Ryan Miller 2-1-5, Anthony Rini 1-0-2, Cameron Kuhn 5-4-15, Seth Konrad 0-0-0, Joe Dillon 0-0-0, Ross Lewis 1-0-2, Chris Yates 1-0-2, Alex Nunn 0-5-5, Aaron Dawson 0-0-0, Joe Karres 0-0-0. Totals 10-13-34.
Vermilion 6 9 12 7 — 34
Midview 22 15 17 13 — 67
Three-point goals: Midview 1-6 (Snoddy), Vermilion 1-12 (Kuhn). Field goals: Midview 32-55 (58 percent), Vermilion 10-44 (23 percent). Free throws: Midview 2-9 (22 percent), Vermilion 13-21 (62 percent). Rebounds: Midview 34, Vermilion 24. Turnovers: Midview 16, Vermilion 15. Total fouls: Midview 12, Vermilion 14.
Junior varsity: Midview, 41-31