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Boys basketball: Open Door puts First Baptist away in first half


ELYRIA —  First Baptist and host Open Door played four quarters of basketball Tuesday night.
However, Open Door needed just one quarter to take control and another to blow the game wide open as the Patriots doubled up the Sabres 66-33 in a Northeast Liberty Conference game.
Open Door (4-1, 3-1 NLC) shot a solid 50 percent (25-of- 50) from the field, including going 9-of-20 from beyond the arc. Leading the way was senior Brendan McNabb.
The 6-foot guard hit a career high six 3-pointers, two off the school mark set by Matt Green, enroute to a game-high 21 points.
“We worked the ball around real well,” said McNabb, who only missed two of his 3-point attempts. “We have a lot of people that can score, so we try to pass the ball around until we get an open shot. They (Sabres) were in a zone and that left the corners open.”
Open Door led 5-0 when the Sabres T.J. Tripp hit a basket at the 5:15 mark of the first quarter. That would be the only First Baptist bucket of the quarter as Open Door raced to a 13-2 lead entering the second quarter.
And that’s when the Patriots and McNabb got things rolling.
Leading 20-6, McNabb hit his second 3-pointer of the night to run the lead to 23-6. Following a First Baptist basket on the ensuing possession, the Patriots’ Abe Valentine wowed the crowd with a reverse layup that upped the lead to 25-8.
It was 35-10 when McNabb hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Patriots a commanding 41-10 lead at intermission.
McNabb’s hot hand was no surprise to Open Door head coach John Milan
“Brendan is a phenomenal shooter,” said Milan. “We work everyday on getting his feet set and getting off a good shot. He works hard on his shot and has been shooting the ball well the past two years “
McNabb was one of four Patriot players in double-figures. Starter Jacob Dodd chipped in 15 and reserves Valentine and Michael Terry finished with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
First Baptist, which fell to
3-5 overall and 0-2 in the NLC, never recovered from the opening half of play.
“They jumped us from the very beginning,” said Sabres coach John Milan. “They shot the ball extremely well tonight and we didn’t have an answer for that.”
Tripp led First Baptist with 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
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Open Door 66, First Baptist 33

FIRST BAPTIST (33): TJ Tripp 7-2-17, Isaiah Board 3-0-8, Aaron Goodrich 3-0-6, Jared Vincent 1-0-2. Totals 14-2-33.
OPEN DOOR (66): Brendan McNabb 6-3-21, Jacob Dodd 5-2-15, Abe Valentine 6-1-13, Michael Terry 5-0-10, Peter Rader 2-1-5, Eric Mann 1-0-2. Totals 25-7-66.
First Baptist     2    8    10    13    —    33
Open Door      13   28   11    14     —     66
Three-point goals: First Baptist 3 (Board 2, Tripp), Open Door 9 (McNabb 6, Dodd 3). Field goals: First Baptist 14 of 50 (28 percent), Open Door 25 of 50 (50 percent). Free throws: First Baptist 2 of 2 (100 percent), Open Door 7 of 9 (77 percent). Rebounds: First Baptist  25 (Tripp 9), Open Door 28 (Valentine 6). Turnovers: First Baptist 19, Open Door 9. Total fouls: First Baptist 8, Open Door 6. Technical fouls: None. Fouled out: None.

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