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BEES FLY PAST FORGE

RING UP 87 POINTS IN 15th STRAIGHT WIN

By Dom DiPasqua/Staff Writer

Tuesday night, February 2, 2016

PARMA HEIGHTS – Over in Western Pennsylvania this morning word was that old Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow. And now we face six more weeks of winter. Here on Independence Boulevard Jared Bazil summed up the Bees 87-60 non-conference victory over Valley Forge. “I don’t think we left a shadow of a doubt,” Bazil said.

Does that mean that Brecksville-Broadview Heights has six more weeks of basketball? The way the Bees lit up the scoreboard here this evening anything is possible.

Three players registered in double-figures, 11 scored, and 14 saw action as Brecksville won its 15th consecutive game in easy fashion in front of a decent crowd.

The 87 points was the most that Brecksville scored in a game since furry Phil the groundhog was a gerbil. “Good things happen when you can score the basketball,” said veteran BBHHS head coach Steve Mehalik afterward.

Good things happened early and often. Despite spotting the Patriots a 4-0 lead the Bees, playing with a high level of energy, went on a 13-0 run to post a 21-11 advantage after one.

Brecksville (16-1, 10-0 Suburban League National Division) led by 16 at the half (43-27) before putting up another 44 points after the break.

The tone-setting quick start was the key to this one. “We wanted to show that we were the better team. I think we showed that tonight,” said Brecksville’s Dan Harwood who scored six points, reached ten rebounds and had eight assists.

Sharing The Wealth

The Bees racked up 28 assists. Their motto is to pass up a good shot and give the ball to a teammate who has a great shot. Zip-zip hockey style passing enabled them to tally 87 points even with Mehalik clearing his bench very early in the final frame.

“We want to play like the San Antonio Spurs. Take care of the ball and make the extra pass. We’re not there yet, but there are glimpses of it. When we do that we are a very good basketball team,” Mehalik said. “We didn’t do a good job on the boards. And we turned the ball over way too much. But this group is unselfish and they are skilled. That’s a dangerous combination when we don’t turn the ball over.”

Unofficially the Bees did win the battle of the boards, 43-35. Only 15 free throw attempts were taken. The contest was quickly played.

Dime-Dropping Dan

Matt Dimitrijevs led Brecksville with 16 points. The junior scored eight in the first period, igniting the 13-0 blitz. He would add eight more in the put-the-game-out-of-reach third.

Senior guard Andrew Bruno hit for 14 in three quarters of work. Point guard Dan Auble added 11 and dished a whopping 12 assists. And Bazil, the Bees 6-6 junior post, popped in nine points, had ten rebounds and blocked three Forge shots.

The Bees bench scored 31 points led by freshman Kenny Ganley who had eight. Danny Shirilla netted seven. Junior guard Griffin Stevens nailed a pair of fourth frame three’s. And sophomore hustler Michael Rose, who was a tad under the weather, scored five points and landed a half-dozen caroms in five and a half minutes of action after his number was called at the start of the fourth quarter.

Scoring Outburst

Still 87 points? “We can score that many points when we want to. We are capable,” said Harwood. “But we prefer to play like the Spurs.”

Tonight Brecksville did both and made it look easy. But it never is. At least not in Mehalik’s mind. No opponent is ever taken lightly. The Bees separation has been in its preparation. The scouting report on the Patriots was on the money.

“It was a Tuesday night on the road and it’s tough when you have a bulls eye on your back. But the guys continue to prepare and they continue to do what they are supposed to do,” said Mehalik. “If we can clean up a couple of things I think we can be pretty good.”

Patriot Pride

Valley Forge (3-14, 1-7 Great Lakes Conference) was paced by 6-2 senior forward Raymone Jackson who scored a game-high 21.

“Forge is a physical team. I give them credit. They can rebound the basketball. Pat (Teresi) is doing a nice job building that program in his identity, which is toughness,” Mehalik said of his coaching counterpart.

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

BRECKSVILLE          21          22          22          22          = 87

VALLEY FORGE       11          16           18          15           = 60

 

STAT-O-MATIC:

BRECKSVILLE ….. The Bees went 5 of 8 from the free throw line for 62.5% and committed 12 turnovers.

VALLEY FORGE ….. The Patriots went 2 of 7 from the free throw line for 28.6% and committed 15 turnovers.

 

OFFICIALS:

Brian Hagan, Tim Hromada and Brian Williams (a veteran group).

 

BEES STATISTICAL LEADERS:

SCORING ….. Dimitrijevs with 16.

REBOUNDS ….. D. Harwood and Bazil with 10 each.

STEALS ….. Bruno with 4.

ASSISTS ….. Auble with 12.

BLOCKED SHOTS ….. Bazil with 3.

CHARGES TAKEN ….. None.

 

STARTING LINE-UPS:

BEES: 4-Andrew Bruno, 10-Matt Dimitrijevs, 12-Dan Auble, 13-Dan Harwood, 31-Jared Bazil.

PATRIOTS: 3-Tim Captain, 4-Kevin Yurik, 11-Brandon Ho, 14-Raymone Jackson, 50-Colin Hogan.

 

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME:

Brecksville-Broadview Heights worked through a sloppy start by going on a 30-4 run and cruised to a 72-33 victory over Valley Forge. It was the squads 17th straight triumph.

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

BRECKSVILLE          14          24          18          16          = 72

VALLEY FORGE       08         02          15          08          = 33

 

BEE BUZZ:

Brecksville and Valley Forge are scheduled to play again next year in Broadview Heights. The Bees are now 8-1 away from home. They topped to 1,000 point mark this season about midway through the third quarter tonight. And are sitting at 1,030 points scored in 17 games (60.6). Opponents are averaging 46.5.

The Bees 15-game winning streak is the second longest in recent history. The 1988-’89 squad rang up 19 straight after dropping its opener. That group won the Pioneer Conference championship and because of a key late season injury suffered an early round tourney exit.

How consistent was Beeville tonight? Quarters of 21, 22, 22 and 22 tell the tale. It doesn’t get much better than that. The Bees “Bench Mob” was at it again. Michael Rose, Kyle Seibert, Joey Frajter and Matt Harwood were up to their usual animated antics.

Brecksville junior varsity coach John Silva was the one-time head coach at Valley Forge. Back in the day Coach Silva was known as “The Prince of Parma Heights” because he strolled the sideline, scowl on his face, in the best suits and ties this scribe has even seen. Today, in his coaching dry-fit and slacks, he has taken on an entirely different look. Silva has promised to meet with the media soon. Perhaps next Ground Hogs Day.

The Bees freshmen team won their fourth in a row, 46-28, over the Pat’s. Naturally the squad adjourned to a nearby Chipotle afterward. The Parma location was the groups eighth this winter in a visiting town. “The one in Hudson is the best,” said forward Thomas Green. Word from Wall Street today was that Chipotle stock is back on the rise.

Former Lady Bee volleyball standout Lauren Bazil, Jared’s older sister, is now the head volleyball coach at Valley Forge. Lauren, who got married this past summer, is a teacher in the Parma school district.

Jared Bazil sported a new look tonight. It was a red headband. Apparently the fashion statement is here to stay. “Maybe I’ll go with a white one next game,” Bazil said.

The public address voice of the Patriots is Joe Stavole. Joe, 30, is legendary V-F coach John Stavole’s son. Coach Stavole was in the house. In his customary seat in the top row opposite the benches.

It is always good to get back to Valley Forge. Lots of good memories in that gym. Joe Zenir’s Lady Bees won a district title there as recently as six years ago. The good folks that handle the chores at the score table always have a smile and kind words. Veteran Athletic Trainer Dave Rausch is always the first to shake hands. And longtime fans, “The Parma Guys”, were in the home crowd. They never miss a game – boys or girls.

Pat Teresi is in his first season back at Forge. As always Coach Teresi was a treat to talk hoops with before the game. He went out of his way to find three additional chairs for the Bees burgeoning bench. The well-dressed Teresi was styling in a black suit, shirt and tie.

It’s not all about fish fry’s and pierogies in Parma Heights. Basketball at Valley Forge certainly had its hay day. John Stavole coached the Patriots to a Division I Final Four in 1988. His 1997 club reached the Elite Eight.

There was a Mini Swarm at the game tonight. Senior soccer goalie Jen Farwell was in charge of doling out the Tootsie Pops. Sophomore volleyball player Amber King publicly lobbied for driving rights to North Royalton Friday night. Clarence may, or may not, have a say in what is certain to be a game-time decision.

Tourney time. The meeting to slot teams in the Division I Strongsville sectional/district tournament is this Sunday afternoon. Look for St. Edward and St. Ignatius to secure the top two seeds.

 

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT:

“You beat these guys by almost 30. No go out and beat the Bears!” – Nate “Dog” Mackenzie (post game locker room).

 

NEXT UP:

Brecksville makes its way over to North Royalton Friday night for a key Suburban League National Division fray with the arch rival Bears. Royalton topped Barberton on the road last Saturday. Expect a huge crowd in the Bears Den. “Get there early!”, cautioned BBHHS sophomore super fan Avery Diedrick.

Start times for all three levels are as usual.

“We’re going to have to shoot the basketball on Friday night because North Royalton is locked in defensively right now. They have only given up a total of 69 points in their last two games combined. So we will have to be locked in offensively,” Steve Mehalik said.

The Bees defeated NORO, 48-33, at the fabulous Bee Hive the Tuesday of Christmas week. There is a lot on the line Friday. Brecksville is on a roll and Royalton would like nothing more than to make the stretch run of the National Division pennant race interesting. A Bears victory would do just that.

“This is my senior year. So this is my last time playing the Bears,” Dan Harwood said. “It means a lot to all the seniors. We want to keep the streak going.”

 

See You At The Bee Hive!

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Brecksville (4-15, 2-10 SL) hosts Stow-Munroe Falls tomorrow night at the Hive.

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