Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — With five minutes remaining in the second quarter Friday night, Barker led Medina by a comfortable 19-11 margin. The Raiders jumped ahead by playing fundamentally sound, mistake-free basketball. Nothing flashy.
That all changed in the next minute, as Barker junior Chris Sweeney accepted a crisp pass behind the three-point arc, posted up and swished a basket. Thirty seconds later, he did it again. And again, for good measure.
Sweeney nailed three three-point shots in just over a minute — all nothing but net — to expand the Barker lead to 28-11. The Raiders never looked back, cruising to a 68-47 victory over Medina in a Niagara-Orleans League boys basketball contest.
With the win, Barker improves to 3-0 in league play, 7-0 overall. The Mustangs fall to 2-2 in N-O competition, 5-3 overall.
Barker coach Dave Carson frequently points to Sweeney as the spark that can ignite his lineup, as was the case on Friday.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Chris Sweeney just gets us going sometimes,” Carson remarked after the game. “When he gets going, it’s always a spark, and that’s what it was tonight.”
Although Sweeney didn’t make a field goal after his second-quarter spurt — he finished with 10 points — the rest of the Raider lineup proved itself worthy of maintaining the momentum for the rest of the night.
Raider senior Jake Haight led all scorers with 19 points, providing a personal highlight reel of his own with three consecutive layups early in the fourth quarter. Barker entered the fourth quarter with a 51-35 lead, and the score was 57-35 after Haight’s run. At that point, the outcome was hardly in question.
Barker junior Mitch Luckman added 18 points against the Mustangs, while senior Bryce Moeller notched 13. Moeller was assessed a technical foul for hanging on the rim midway through the fourth quarter, although Carson disputed the call after the game, feeling that Moeller held on solely to protect the safety of himself and nearby players.