PARMA — It had been 10 years and 13 games since Elyria lost to Parma.
That streak ended Friday night on the Redmen’s floor as the Pioneers bowed, 67-61, in a Northeast Ohio Conference crossover game.
Parma, having one of its best seasons in a long time, improved to 11-4 with the victory. Elyria fell to 2-12 – the first time the Pioneers have lost that many since 1998-99 — when Parma last won, 50-40, at Elyria. The Pioneers finished 6-15 that year.
Elyria’s 2-3 and box-and-one zones were very effective early on — frustrating the Redmen and keeping the ball outside the paint. Parma was just 3-of-11 from the field in the first quarter as the Pioneers took a modest 11-8 lead on Maurice Woods’ 3-pointer to open the second quarter.
“We were very active in (the zone),” Elyria coach Brett Larrick said. “We paid attention to the shooter. We lost him for about 30 seconds and he buries two of them.”
Parma’s Brendon Cooper converted an Elyria turnover into a basket that ignited a
15-point run that ended with a pair of long-range 3-pointers by Justin Roth — the guy Larrick had been concerned about before the game.
“We made him take some tough shots,” Larrick said. “Those back-to-back threes gave them a little cushion and it’s hard to play zone when you’re playing catch-up.”
Elyria kept playing hard but never could quite make up the deficit. Self-inflicted turnovers and missed opportunities from point-blank range were the Pioneers’ nemesis — as they’ve been all year. Elyria turned the ball over 17 times in the first half — most attributed to weak passes and poor ball handling. Parma built a 47-34 cushion through three quarters.
Chase Ferris, who sat out the first half for disciplinary reasons, scored twice off loose-ball situations to pull Elyria within 53-47 with 3:37 still left. Mike Cannon’s 3-pointer whittled it to 62-57 with 1:18 to play but the Pioneers couldn’t get any closer.
“We made a game of it,” Larrick said, “but we still haven’t learned the value of every possession. Every play has to have a sense of urgency.
“We just told them, ‘Take care of the ball. Make layups. Make your free throws. Value every possession.’
“Once we do that, the outcome’s going to be a little different.”
Cannon scored all but five of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter. Roth and Cooper each finished with 17 points for Parma, with Luke Toth and Adam Robison combining for another 21.
“Give (the Redmen) credit,” said Larrick. “They’re a very good team. They’re having a very nice year. They know how to play with each other and they have several very good players.”
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Parma 67, Elyria 61
ELYRIA (61): Mike Cannon 8-3-21, Maurice Woods 1-0-3, Travis Noble 3-0-7, Josh Brubaker 3-0-8, Brandon Mueller 1-0-2, Matt Velazquez 1-0-2, Will Rudolph 3-2-8, Shiloh Taylor 1-1-3, Chase Ferris 3-0-6, Eric Santo Domingo 0-0-0. Totals 24-6-61.
PARMA (67): Adam Robison 2-5-10, Brendon Cooper 5-7-17, Eric Sanchez 0-0-0, Luke Toth 4-3-11, Matt Albaugh 0-0-0, Kyle Ludwig 3-1-9, Justin Roth 5-4-17, George Blake 1-0-3. Totals 20-20-67.
Elyria 8 10 16 27 — 61
Parma 7 20 20 20 — 67
Three-point goals: Elyria 7-20 (Cannon 2, Brubaker 2, Noble, Woods, Velazquez). Parma 7-19 (Roth 3, Ludwig 2, Robison, Blake). Field Goals: Elyria 24-63 (38 percent). Parma 20-47 (42.5 percent). Free Throws: Elyria 6-12 (50 percent). Parma 20-31 (64.5 percent). Rebounds: Elyria 40 (Ferris 7). Parma 39 (Cooper, Toth 11). Turnovers: Elyria 23, Parma 22. Fouls: Elyria 24, Parma 19. Technical Foul: Elyria bench. Fouled Out: Noble, Cooper.
Junior Varsity: Elyria 46-37.