Medina Journal-Register — WILSON — A 13-point first quarter deficit was the second largest obstacle the Medina Mustangs boy’s basketball team had to overcome Tuesday, in their 41-40 victory against the Wilson Lakemen.
Prior to the start of the school day, Mustang seniors Josh Cuadrado and Daniel “Munjie” Brown were involved in a car accident. Although the injuries appear not to be severe, they are serious enough to keep both players off the court indefinitely.
”It was mental. We got hit with a bomb today by losing a couple of guys to injury,” Mustangs coach Tom Forrestel said. “Wilson came out and played well in the first quarter. We just got punched in the face.”
The Mustangs’ defense didn’t have an answer for Wilson junior Kyle Bradley, who scored 11 of his game-high 22 points in the first quarter.
Coming out of the first quarter down 19-6, Forrestel said he told his team to relax, keep its composure and stick to its defensive game plan. The Mustangs did just that in the second quarter as they only gave up three points. Wilson’s lead was trimmed to five as the scoreboard read 22-17 heading into halftime.
Medina traded basket-for-basket with Wilson in the third quarter, which ended with Wilson leading 33-27.
Throughout the final 8 minutes of the game, Medina’s duo of junior Jason Hellwig and senior Cedric Griffith scored a combined 11 of their team’s 14 fourth-quarter points.
”They got off to a slow start, but the fourth quarter was huge for both of them,” Forrestel said.
Hellwig scored five of his team-high 13 points in the fourth quarter, which included the two final Medina baskets. One brought the Mustangs within one point of the Lakemen, and the other gave them their final lead. Griffith hit two uncontested 3-pointer’s earlier in the quarter when Medina was still down that kept the game within striking distance.
”That’s exactly what you need your captain point guard to do: take the game over, put it in his hands and be clutch down the stretch,” Forrestel said about Griffith. “It should be a great confidence boost for him.”
With Brown and Cuadrado out of the lineup, Forrestel said he talked with his whole team as a group before the game about stepping into new roles and taking on more responsibilities. He said it was nice see it happen, particularly from Griffith and Hellwig.
”They were not afraid and they were clutch.” Forrestel said. “Any road win’s a good win, especially when you’re short handed.”
Griffith finished the game with eight points, while sophomore Dylan Lewis, junior Ben McPherson and senior Adam Hoot each contributed six. The only other Lakeman to score in double figures was junior Evan Shank, who had 13.
Wilson, now 4-9 in the N-O, will wrap up its season Thursday at Newfane. Medina, which improved to 9-4 in the league, will play its final game of the regular season Thursday at Akron.
N-O BOYS BASKETBALL
Barker 83, Roy-Hart 46
MIDDLEPORT — Head coach Dave Carson’s N-O-champion Raiders (13-0 N-O, 17-0 overall) got a game-high 22 points from Mitch Luckman and 20 more Tuesday night from senior Jake Haight.
The Raiders scored 34, first-quarter points in the win, leading 34-15 after one quarter, 45-21 at the half and 67-35 after three quarters.
Alex Stoddard topped coach Mark Rydza’s Rams (7-6 N-O) with 14 points.
Newfane 67, Albion 62
NEWFANE — You can never count out head coach Eric Klumpp’s Panthers (5-8 N-O, 5-12 overall), who trailed the visiting Purple Eagles (6-7 N-O, 8-9 overall) by 12 points with six minutes to go in the game.
The Purple Eagles led most of the way, leading 14-9 after one quarter, 36-29 at halftime and 53-43 after three quarters as the winners out-scored Albion in the decisive fourth quarter, 24-9.
Sophomore Chad Gilson led the Panthers with a team-high 19 points. Junior Sam Watkins added 17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocked shots for Newfane in the friendly confines of the Blue Zone. Also for the winners, Josh Kneeland had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Ryan Fannin topped Albion with a game-high 20 points.
Barker 42, Roy-Hart 34
BARKER — Junior Melissa Grosshans topped head coach Jeff Costello’s Lady Raiders (6-7 N-O, 8-8 overall) with a game-high 17 points.
The two teams were tied, 27-27, heading to the decisive fourth quarter.
Becky Harnish netted 15 for the Lady Rams (2-11 N-O, 3-13).
Wilson 44, Medina 25
MEDINA — Head coach Brian Baker’s Lakewomen continued to roll with their 13th straight league win on Tuesday without a loss.
Dana Smith topped the Lakewomen (13-0 N-O, 15-2 overall) with 13 points, including three 3-point baskets.
Fellow seniors Emily Lasher and Allie Bubar added 11 and 9 points, respectively, for the winners.
Albion 58, Newfane 36
ALBION — Paige Emborsky topped head coach Kevin Klumpp’s lady Panthers (9-4 N-O, 11-6 overall) with 13 points.
The Lady Purple Eagles improved to 10-3 in the N-O and 11-6 overall.