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PUPS EAT UP TURNOVERS

MCKINLEY FORCES 23 IN BIG WIN

By Dom DiPasqua/Staff Writer

Tuesday night, February 9, 2016

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS – Riding the wave of a relentless full court press and a hot shooting night Canton McKinley dealt the Bees an 80-58 non-conference defeat here this evening in front of a good crowd at the fabulous Bee Hive.

The Bulldogs (16-4, 9-3 Federal League) got double-digit scoring performances from four of their starters, led by 6-5 senior guard LePear Toles who registered a game-high 16 points.

McKinley, one of Ohio’s legendary prep programs, used its size, speed and athleticism to force Brecksville-Broadview Heights into a season-high 23 turnovers.

“We can’t turn the ball over. Twenty-three turnovers. That’s not going to win a third grade basketball game let alone a varsity basketball game,” said veteran BBHHS head coach Steve Mehalik.

The defeat was Brecksville’s second in a row after sailing along on a 15-game win streak. It was also the Bees first loss at home this season. Mehalik’s group had been holding opponents to an average of 46.5 points per game coming in. Rock-solid McKinley inflated that figure by a few digits tonight.

Who Let The Dogs Out?

The Bees were victimized by an in-your-face defense. “They had a lot of turnovers for points,” Mehalik said. “But that is why we scheduled Canton McKinley. To make us better. That’s a regional team right there. We’ll get better.”

Senior stalwarts Dan Harwood and Dan Auble paced Brecksville (16-3, 10-1 Suburban League National Division) with 12 and 11 points respectively. The Bees actually out-rebounded the Pups, 24-20.

McKinley canned four 3-point field goals and forced seven Brecksville turnovers in the first quarter to take a lopsided 24-8 lead at the first break.

Spirited Comeback

Despite the scoreboard the Bees remained poised and patient with themselves in a second stanza rally. Just about everyone got into the act including undaunted freshman Kenny Ganley who came off the bench at the start of the period and tallied four points while grabbing a rebound and blocking a shot.

Harwood drilled a three to cut the margin to 26-21. And on the next possession Brecksville’s Matt Dimitrijevs snared a weak-side carom and went reverse layup to make it 26-23 with 1:40 left in the half.

The new life was short-lived.

The Bulldogs ramped up the pressure another notch, forced four quick turnovers, and went on an 8-0 run to close out the half. The Bees would get no closer. By the time the hosts committed their 20th turnover McKinley had a 67-47 lead and there was still 4:00 remaining in the contest.

Final Takes

Jared Bazil scored eight points. Dimitrijevs had seven. Andrew Bruno hit a third quarter three. Brecksville’s bench was impressive. Ganley finished with nine. P.J. Austin added six on a duo of long balls. And sophomore Michael Rose chipped in a pair of free throws and tied Bazil with a team-best four boards.

“We had some young guys step-up and make some big plays; Kenny Ganley, Michael Rose. Those guys were not intimidated out there. That’s good for them. And those are positives we can take from this,” said Mehalik.

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

McKINLEY                     24          10          19          27          = 80

BRECKSVILLE            08          15           09         26          = 58

 

STAT-O-MATIC:

McKINLEY ….. The Bulldogs went 8 of 15 from the free throw line for 53.3% and committed 9 turnovers.

BRECKSVILLE ….. The Bees went 9 of 10 from the free throw line for 90% and committed 23 turnovers.

 

OFFICIALS:

Tom Lunt, Lance Pressley and Zeno Regas (a veteran group).

 

BEES STATISTICAL LEADERS:

SCORING ….. Harwood with 12.

REBOUNDS ….. Bazil and Rose with 4 each.

STEALS ….. Bruno, Auble, Harwood and Bazil with 1 each.

ASSISTS ….. Auble with 6.

BLOCKED SHOTS ….. Bruno, Hardwood, Bazil and Ganley with 1 each.

CHARGES TAKEN ….. None.

 

STARTING LINE-UPS:

BULLDOGS: 0-Jordan Davis, 1-T.J. Lipkins, 2-Darryl Straughter, 5-LePear Toles, 20-Kynan Hall.

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

 

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME:

Canton McKinley scored the games last six points and knocked off previously undefeated Brecksville-Braodview Heights by the score of 55-53. The Bees (18-1, 11-0 SL) had the ball last with a full court to go and 2.6 seconds to make something happen. They weren’t able to get a shot off.

The Bulldogs game-winning points were scored from the foul line on a pair by 6-5 center Jaedyn McCallup with less than three ticks to play.

Brecksville’s Cameron Seibert fired in a three-pointer from the right corner with 1:50 remaining that gave the hosts a 53-49 lead. That was the Bees last bucket.

The game was competitively played from beginning to end. Other than Brecksville taking a five-point lead early on it was nip and tuck to the final horn with either team taking no more than a four-point lead over the other. It was one of the best and most well-played junior varsity games seen in a while.

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

McKINLEY                     08          18          14          15 = 55

BRECKSVILLE             13           13          13          14 = 53

 

BEE HIVE BUZZ:

Good to be home … This was only the Bees second home game since January 9th. Six of the last seven were played away from the Hive. Canton McKinley defeated Brecksville-Broadview Heights last year, 59-52, on February 17 at Canton Memorial Fieldhouse. It is not known if the non-league home-and-home contract will be renewed.

Young guns … The Bees freshmen squad rallied from a 15-0 disadvantage to start the game only to come up a half-dozen points short against the Bulldogs in the late afternoon affair. The frosh then headed to Chipotle before returning to the gym and settling into the Monkey Island section. That’s a good night for a 15-year old by anyone’s standards.

Good atmosphere … The BBHHS 4,000 member Pep Band was in the house. Today was Fat Tuesday and that meant the supply of Tootsie Pops went quickly. Many in The Swarm, and there were plenty in the gym, have decided to give up candy for Lent. That crash you just heard was Tootsie Pop’s stock taking its annual nose-dive.

How about them Bulldogs? … McKinley faithful, some of the most rabid fans in the state, traveled well on a somewhat snowy night. They don’t come much more knowledgeable about the game than Pup followers. Canton Timken High School was closed this past June and its entire student-body was merged into McKinley’s.

Post-season placement … The tournament draws across the state in all four divisions were held Sunday afternoon. In the Division I Strongsville sectional/district bracket the third-seeded Bees have a first-round bye. They will await the winner of the Lakewood-Rhodes game and will play at home on Saturday, February 27 at 7:00 pm. The Rangers and Rams tangle on Biddulph Road on Tuesday the 24th in a sectional opener at 7.

Back to familiar faces … Tonight was Beeville’s last non-league game of the season.

 

QUOTES OF THE NIGHT:

“Since sophomore super fan Avery Diedrick could not make it to the game tonight we as freshmen held the house down.” – Hope Zeitler and Heather Williamson.

“I think that the freshmen Bees did an excellent job, as always. They pushed through until the very end. Go Bees!” – Freshman cheerleader Kaitlyn Kovac.

 

NEXT UP:

Brecksville-Broadview Heights remains at home and gets back into Suburban League action Friday night by entertaining Wadsworth. The Bees defeated the Grizzlies, 47-37, on January 5.

A Brecksville victory clinches at least a tie for the National Division championship. A loss makes things interesting. Both Stow-Munroe Falls and Hudson are two games back. The Bulldogs and the Explorers remain on the Bees schedule.

The red and gold are in a bit of a slump.

“Wadsworth has been playing much better the second half of the season. The Szalay kid, their point guard, is really, really playing well,” said Steve Mehalik. “They are a young team that is playing better. So we are going to have to right the ship. Our boys will bounce back and maybe we can cut a net down on Friday.”

 

See You At The Bee Hive!

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Brecksville (4-17, 2-11 SL) closes out its regular season with a conference clash at Hudson Wednesday night.

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