WIN STREAK REACHES 13

January 26th, 2016  / Author: dipasqua

BEES TOP TIGERS, 59-43

By Dom DiPasqua/Staff Writer

Tuesday night, January 26, 2016

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS – After spotting Twinsburg a 6-0 head start the Bees went on a 23-8 run to close out the first quarter. And then lengthened a 14-point advantage at the half for a 59-43 victory here this evening in front of an average size crowd at the fabulous Bee Hive.

The victory was Brecksville-Broadview Heights’ 13th in a row. The Suburban League National Division triumph keeps them in first place at 9-0.

Good Start Sets The Tone

The Bees (14-1 overall) hit three 3-point field goals in the first quarter, two of them by senior forward Dan Harwood. Dan Auble scored 7 of his 11 points in the first eight minutes. It was his steal and score with 1:43 to play in the period that put the cherry on top of a solid 23-point quarter.

Andrew Bruno deposited five points in the first quarter and finished with a team-high 15. Matt Dimitrijevs registered nine points, all of them coming in the second half. Jared Bazil also registered nine digits. Harwood finished with six.

Twinsburg (6-9, 3-6 SL) got a tremendous effort from Phil Schmook’s deep bench. King Goss, a 6-3 senior wing, led all scorers with 16 points. His trey from the right corner narrowed the Bees lead to 52-42 with 5:50 remaining in the fourth quarter. A half-minute later Dimitrijevs answered with a long ball of his own and Brecksville held off another foe.

“Our pressure gave us the lead and then our pressure kind of gave it back. We were tired there in the third quarter,” said veteran BBHHS head coach Steve Mehalik. “They made plays. Phil’s got Twinsburg playing much better.”

The Tigers starters managed only 13 points. Their bench tallied 30. Brecksville shot well from the line, making 8 of 9 attempts. The Bees committed 13 turnovers, two less than T-Burg. Beeville won the battle on the boards, 30-25.

Coach’s Corner

“We’ve got to take care of the ball better than we did. Thirteen turnovers is too many,” Mehalik said. “But our seniors made plays; Danny Auble, Harwood. All our core players are making plays.”

The Bees defeated the Tigers on the road, 70-47, two weeks before Christmas. Twinsburg was a different team tonight. Schmook acknowledged as much afterword.

“We have a target on our back and we are getting everyone’s best effort. This has been a very tough but fun run. And we don’t take it for granted,” said Mehalik before cautioning. “And it’s not going to get any easier.”

Inside Scoop

Auble, a senior point guard, dished nine assists and reached a half dozen caroms. Harwood hit big shots early. Dimitrijevs caught fire late. And Bruno and Bazil were consistent throughout. Brecksville got nine points from its bench, led by freshman Kenny Ganley’s three. Sophomore Michael Rose recorded his varsity bucket in the final minutes of action.

This was the Bees lone home tilt in a seven-game stretch. And it came against a team that played with tenacity for 32 minutes.

“Twinsburg had a lot more scorers than the first time we played them. They put the ball in the hoop. One kid had two of three 3’s in the fourth quarter,” said Bruno. “Twinsburg made it close. They hung around. They played good defense and pressured the ball. They are an all-around much better team.”

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

TWINSBURG           14          06          16          07          = 43

BRECKSVILLE       23          11           16          09          = 59

 

STAT-O-MATIC:

TWINSBURG ….. The Tigers went 4 of 10 from the free throw line for 40% and committed 15 turnovers.

BRECKSVILLE ….. The Bees went 8 of 9 from the free throw line for 88.8% and committed 13 turnovers.

 

OFFICIALS:

Tim Bushner, Kevin Davidson and Matthew Lance (a veteran group).

 

BEES STATISTICAL LEADERS:

SCORING ….. Bruno with 15 (season-high).

REBOUNDS ….. Auble with 6.

STEALS ….. Dimitrijevs with 3.

ASSISTS ….. Auble with 9.

BLOCKED SHOTS ….. Bazil with 3.

CHARGES TAKEN ….. None.

 

STARTING LINE-UPS:

TIGERS: 13-Jalen Tucker, 23-Mark Foust, 25-Michael Sims, 33-Gary Heath, 43-Noah Aguirre.

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

 

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME:

Just like in the varsity game Twinsburg got out to a quick 6-0 lead. Brecksville-Broadview Heights went out on top to stay with an 8-0 run of its own. The game was competitive throughout. It wasn’t until Matt Harwood drained a triple from the top of the arc with 5:56 left in the third stanza, which gave the Bees a 33-23 lead, that they were able keep the Tigers at arms length the rest of the way for a 57-47 triumph.

Brecksville is undefeated at 15-0 on the season (9-0 in the SL).

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

TWINSBURG           11          10          15          11          = 47

BRECKSVILLE        14         15           15          13         = 57

 

BEE HIVE BUZZ:

Brecksville-Broadview Heights is now 8-0 at home. The Bees came in scoring 59.2 points per game and left with the same scoring average. On defense they had been allowing 46.2 ppg. By 8:40 tonight they were permitting 46.0. This team has been consistent.

The Bees freshmen squad won its third straight. The young me of course adjourned to Chipotle and returned to the Hive where they took up residence in the now infamous Monkey Island section. The 4,000 member BBHHS Pep Band was in the house.

The seniors banners have arrived and looked good at the top of the visitors grandstand. Cheerleader Jesse Houser, and many others, are pumped for this Saturday’s winter formal dance.

A huge shout out goes to the 12 senior members of the Bees football team for personally autographing an official Bees helmet. It was presented to this humbled scribe by head coach Jason Black upon arrival in the gym. Thank you fellas. Thank you Coach Black. It is an awesome keepsake and will be prominently displayed at home.

 

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT:

“Coach Mehalik pushes his players to get to their full potential. But they have to push themselves too.” – Nate “Dog” Mackenzie.

 

NEXT UP:

Brecksville-Broadview Heights heads back out on the road for a SL-National game at Nordonia Friday night. The Bees defeated the Knights, 61-49, on December 18th.

“Nordonia is going to be physical and they are very athletic. We had to do everything we could last time to pull out that win,” said Steve Mehalik. “We’ll rest our guys up a little bit because it’s going to be a battle.”

One thing Coach Mehalik, his staff, and the Bees do well is prepare. “Every game we get our opponents best effort. Coach likes to say that ‘the separation is in the preparation’ so we just have to keep preparing,” Andrew Bruno, a disciple of the process, said. “As the target get bigger it gets more fun. It’s more fun every night. You don’t want to play in a blowout. We like to play in close games.”

Expect a hostile environment on South Bedford Road Friday night.

 

See You At The Bee Hive!

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Brecksville (3-14, 1-9 SL) entertains arch rival North Royalton tomorrow night at the fabulous Bee Hive.

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FINDING A WAY AT FALLS

January 23rd, 2016  / Author: dipasqua

DEFENSE, LATE FREE THROWS CLINCH WIN

By Dom DiPasqua/Staff Writer

Friday night, January 22, 2016

CUYAHOGA FALLS – Dan Auble scored all eight of his points when the Bees needed them the most – in the fourth quarter – including six straight free throws in the final 1:13. And Brecksville-Broadview Heights, led by Andrew Bruno’s lock down defense, held off the Black Tigers here this evening by the score of 47-41.

The Suburban League National Division victory was the Bees 12th straight triumph overall. And it keeps them solidly in sole possession of first place.

No one at the Naismith Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass will be peaking out the window tomorrow morning at 10 am because the Fed Ex man won’t be delivering a tape of this game. A work of art it was not. But no one in the Brecksville locker room was apologizing or about to give it back at about 8:45 tonight.

After all it was a conference road win in a gym the Bees had never set foot in before. And it was played in front of a large and expectant crowd in a good atmosphere.

Freebies In The Fourth

Brecksville (13-1, 8-0 SL) made 10 of 11 free throws in the fourth quarter. And Auble, a senior point guard, calmly sank the front-end of a pair of one and one’s. And then added two in a double-bonus opportunity. The last with 10.5 seconds remaining to put the guests up 47-39.

Cuyahoga Falls (7-8, 3-5 SL) scored a token bucket in the final seconds. The Black Tigers erased a ten-point deficit to draw to within 37-35 with 1:43 to play on a set of charity tosses by Kevin Gainer.

Coming out of a Black Tiger time out the Bees spread the floor and milked the clock. They ran 30 seconds off before Auble was fouled by the hosts who had one to give. His one and the bonus conversion set the tone for the games final 1:13.

Brecksville did not have much success at the free throw line early, going 3-for-8 through the first three quarters. “It’s amazing. We miss all those free throws early but then we make them late. And part of that is because the ball is in Danny Auble’s hands,” said veteran BBHHS head coach Steve Mehalik. “He’s a phenomenal, phenomenal closer. And I’m proud of him.”

Auble’s eight points in the last 5:15 were clutch. But it was his eight assists prior to making his first field goal of the game that allowed the Bees to take a 28-19 lead with them into the fourth frame. Auble not only brought Brecksville home, he played a major role in getting his team into a position where they had a punchers chance to win it at the end.

“Every foul shot is the same in my opinion. Every one counts. That’s what wins games. That’s what loses games,” Auble said. “Free throws have been a big focus for me this year. And it is starting to become a major focus for our entire team. After practice we shoot 25 free throws.”

Lights, Camera, Very Little Action

The Black Tigers led 3-0 on a triple by Ka’Von Gainer. That was their only lead of the ballgame.

Matt Dimitrijevs nailed his third trey of the first half late in the second stanza and that helped give the Bees a 17-11 advantage at the break.

Brecksville committed a half dozen first half turnovers. That had Mehalik fired up at halftime. What did the Bees do in response? They made five more errors in the third quarter, including two on their first two possessions after intermission.

“We got on the kids at halftime because we didn’t execute offensively in the first half. Part of that was on us. But most of that was because Cuyahoga Falls can defend,” Mehalik said. “Their length is impressive. They challenge shots at the rim. That’s a good basketball team.”

Things Heat Up Late

It wasn’t until Dan Harwood fired in a 3-ball from out top with 3:00 to go in the third which gave Brecksville a 24-15 lead that the Bees began to play with confidence.

Kevin Gainer, a senior wing, carried The Falls from that point on. He started off the fourth with a three. And then came back to score a 3-point play and add yet two more pairs of foul shots to just about single-handed rally the hosts to within 37-35.

Auble wasn’t the only hero from the stripe in the waning moments. Harwood and Andrew Bruno both swished a pair. And Dimitrijevs came up with a pair of steals in the final minute, one on a play that was disrupted by Danny Shirilla, to help seal the victory.

The Minister of Defense

Defense was the name of the game for the Bees. They forced Cuyahoga Falls into 22 turnovers. And Bruno, a senior guard, held senior forward D’Vontay Friga to just a second quarter basket. Friga had come in averaging 12 points per outing and was considered to be the Black Tigers most dangerous offensive threat.

“I think Andrew Bruno is the best defender in the league. People don’t realize what he brings to the table. He’s the most locked in player I’ve ever seen,” said Mehalik. “Andrew probably watches more film than I do. He studies the scouting report. He is a joy to have. He’s a joy to coach. And I wish we had Andrew Bruno for another three or four years.”

Summing It Up

Harwood, a senior forward, finished with a team-high 12 points. Dimitrijevs had 11. Jared Bazil, who was the consistent throughout, added ten. Bruno chipped in six. And of course eights were wild with Auble who registered eight points and dealt just as many nifty helpers. Harwood and Bazil grabbed seven rebounds a piece.

“This win is huge because Cuyahoga Falls’ record doesn’t reflect how good of a team they really are. All their losses have been by less than five points,” said Auble. “They are a tough team. So to get this win to start the second half of the conference schedule really sets us up nicely to keep competing for a championship.”

Brecksville’s bench did not score. The Bees were out-rebounded 27-24. The Black Tigers bench was good for a fielder. The Falls was led by Kevin Gainer’s 15 points and a game-high ten rebounds. Junior post Troy Tofil tallied 14 markers and 8 boards.

At the end of the season they all add up. Style points don’t enter into the equation. This was the Bees second win in as many games in two different counties. This one, over the pesky Black Tigers, was done the old-fashioned way … at the free throw line and on defense. “Defensively that was a strong performance by our guys. That’s why we won this game tonight,” said Mehalik. “This was a big, big win for us.”

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

BEES          08         09         11         19         = 47

FALLS        03        08         08        22        = 41

 

STAT-O-MATIC:

BRECKSVILLE ….. The Bees went 13 of 17 from the free throw line for 76.4% and committed 13 turnovers.

CUYAHOGA FALLS ….. The Black Tigers went 12 of 16 from the free throw line for 75% and committed 22 turnovers.

 

OFFICIALS:

Allen Thigpen, Gerald Parks and John Schuller (a veteran group).

 

BEES STATISTICAL LEADERS:

SCORING ….. Harwood with 12.

REBOUNDS ….. Harwood and Bazil with 7 each.

STEALS ….. Dimitrijevs with 4.

ASSISTS ….. Auble with 8.

BLOCKED SHOTS ….. Bazil with 1.

CHARGES TAKEN ….. Auble with 1.

 

STARTING LINE-UPS:

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

FALLS: 3-Ka’Von Gainer, 15-Kevin Gainer, 21-Caleb Freeman, 30-D’Vontay Friga, 44-Troy Tofil.

 

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME:

Brecksville-Broadview Heights swarmed to a 30-point halftime cushion and put it cruise control beyond that in a 65-27 triumph over Cuyahoga Falls. The Bees are now 14-0.

In a rarity, nine Beeville players scored between five and nine points. No player reached double figures as coach John Silva used a revolving door rotation.

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

BEES          17          22          16          10          = 65

FALLS       03          06          16          02         = 27

 

BEE BUZZ:

This was the 980th win in Brecksville-Broadview Heights basketball history. The Bees are 6-1 on the road. Tonight’s 47 points were a tie for the teams lowest offensive output of the season. The other 47-point games were at Strongsville and at Wadsworth.

Congratulations to the Bees Danny Shirilla who was named as a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete. Shirilla, a two-way standout for three seasons on the football field, carries a GPA well north of 4. He will be honored at a dinner on March 8th at La Centre in Westlake.

Brecksville won the freshmen game, 40-26. As usual the fellas adjourned to a nearby Chipotle afterward to celebrate. Dan Auble wore new game shoes for the first time tonight. He blew out the first pair. The way he plays that comes as no surprise. The Bees are 12-0 since student assistant coach Manveer Pooni has been sitting on the bench. Pooni, a junior, is on the record as preferring Subway over Chipotle.

Lady Bee seniors Kendall Brown and Katie Boehlefeld made the trip to C-Falls. The Black Tiger Pit was hopping. The Pep Band was outstanding, playing long time favorite “Sweet Georgia Brown” during warm-ups. There was a person in a furry tiger mascot suit roaming the home side. The Falls student section wore neon. The gym is fantastic and the atmosphere was good. Friday nights in the Suburban League are becoming pretty special.

Ken Johnson is in his first season as head coach of the Black Tigers after several years as an assistant. Johnson wore a sharp looking gold and black striped tie with a gray shirt.

One of the best in the business, Ron Redd, is the talented PA voice at The Falls. He has been at it for close to 20 years. “I love what I do,” Redd, a 1973 graduate, said. He is also the public address announcer for the Lake Erie Crushers minor league baseball team in Avon.

Gerald Parks, one of tonight’s officials, tossed in 61 points in a game in January of his senior season at Benedictine. The contest was played at Crestwood in 1974. If you think 61 is incredible. Think about this. Parks, who went on to star at Youngstown State, did it before the three-point shot.

 

QUOTES OF THE NIGHT:

“I like our black uniforms better than our yellow ones.” – junior cheerleader Jessica Jenkins.

“I think we could have played a lot better but we still won.” – Mikey “Coach Smalls” Sejba.

 

NEXT UP:

The Bees will enjoy a brief respite from six games on the road and get temporarily re-acquainted with their white uniforms when they entertain Twinsburg Tuesday night at the fabulous Bee Hive.

Brecksville knocked off the Tigers, 70-47, on December 11th. “Coach (Phil) Schmook will always have his guys ready to play. They play hard. They’re athletic. And they have a couple of scorers. So we have to get better,” Steve Mehalik said.

Freshmen at 4:30, JV at 6, Varsity at 7:30.

 

See You At The Bee Hive!

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Follow on Twitter: @beevillesports

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Brecksville (3-13, 1-8 SL) hosts Nordonia Saturday afternoon at 1:00 and 2:30 at the middle school.

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STEEL VALLEY SURVIVAL

January 20th, 2016  / Author: dipasqua

BEES PREVAIL AT MOONEY

By Dom DiPasqua/Staff Writer

Tuesday night, January 19, 2016

YOUNGSTOWN – The Bees dug deep and found two more ways to win a basketball game. By shooting 90-percent from the free  throw line and displaying mental toughness they survived an enormous non-league test with a 59-58 victory over host Cardinal Mooney here this evening.

It was Brecksville-Broadview Heights’ 11th straight win. And there was nothing easy about this one. The first time match-up between these two unlikely opponents was a 32-minute tussle.

The Bees (12-1, 7-0 Suburban League National Division) made 10 of 11 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter and overcame a physical foe with a never-say-die mentality to get the job done.

Andrew Bruno swished a pair of free throws with 4.5 seconds to play to give the Bees a 59-55 advantage. That was enough to bag the victory even though the Cardinals Trell Thomas drained a three at the final horn.

Mooney (7-4) came up a point short. But the Cards gave the Bees all they could handle.

A Gut Check Win

“We’re going to look back on this one. Mooney made us grow. That’s a very physical basketball team. And a good basketball team. We survived,” said veteran BBHHS head coach Steve Mehalik. “We’ve got a lot of things to correct. But they are easier to correct after you get a victory.”

Dan Auble, who ended the first and second quarters with three’s at the buzzer, scored 17 points. And Danny Shirilla added 11 off the bench while taking a pair of charges. Dan Harwood also took a charge. He chipped in six points and had five rebounds. Jared Bazil registered six points and grabbed a game-high ten rebounds. Matt Dimitrijevs hit for nine. Bruno finished with seven. And P.J. Austin completed a three-point play in the third quarter.

“Every physical game involves a lot of mental toughness,” Auble said. “We were strong at the end and made our free throws.”

Brecksville led 42-35 heading into the fourth frame. Shirilla hit a trey from the left corner 49 seconds in. And then came back to take his second charge of the contest in the paint at the other end. With a 45-35 advantage it looked like the Bees would finally be able to put the Cardinals away.

But Mooney, picking up its defensive intensity, scored in bunches to narrow the gap to 51-49 with 2:05 remaining. And it was game on.

A Wild Ending

Shirilla answered with a pair of foul shots and a layup giving Brecksville a little breathing room at 55-49 with 1:10 to go. Thomas came back with another long ball; 55-52 (43.8).

Auble sank a pair of charity tosses. Thomas was fouled while attempting a three-point shot and deposited all three; 57-55 (26.7).

Brecksville was called for a five-second violation on the inbound. The Cardinals 10-foot shot to tie the game was rebounded by Bruno who went high in the air among a tangle of shoulders, arms and hands. Bruno came down with the ball and tried to dribble out of the fray. He was hammered. His pair of free throws at the other end made the 70-mile bus ride home a lot more tolerable.

“We talked to the kids before the game. They could have had all kind of excuses to make. We’re on the road. It’s a Tuesday night. It’s a long trip. But they just stepped up and made plays. I’m very proud of our guys,” Mehalik said.

Thomas, a 5-11 senior guard, poured in 25 points. He tallied 18 in the second half. And, get this, he was held scoreless in the first frame. Nicholas Koken, a 5-9 senior guard, added 14.

It is rare that an opponent will out score the Bees from beyond the arc. Mooney did, hitting eight long balls as compared to the visitors six. The Cards shot well from the line as well (12/15/80%). Brecksville won the battle of the boards, 23-19. “We couldn’t put Mooney away. That’s a credit to them,” said Mehalik.

Shirilla, the Unflappable Leader

Shirilla, who entered the game at the 2:55 mark of the first quarter, scored four first half points. His defense fueled his offense. Shirilla’s clutch three came in between the two charges to took. In the fourth he scored on a baseline drive and deposited two big free throws.

“We knew that Mooney was going to be a very physical team coming in. We knew we would have to push through it and get the win any way we possibly could,” Shirilla said. “I think winning this game gives us a mental edge. This game felt like a tournament game with the physicality and intensity. We know what to expect moving forward.”

Mehalik, who has weathered plenty storms in his nine plus years as the main man on the Bees sideline, knew he and his club survived the Cardinals best shot in a gym they had never walked into before. It was an intestinal fortitude win. And he gave all the credit to his players.

“We’ll take those points from Danny. He does everything we ask him to do. Usually what he does goes unnoticed because you don’t see his name in the paper. But 11 points … we’ll take it. That three he made in the corner was huge. Just huge!” said Mehalik. “Danny is a varsity athlete who thrives on competition. He’s a three-sport stud. And he’s the last of a dying breed. I’m glad Danny is playing basketball.”

Practice Pays Off

Eleven game win streaks don’t grow on trees. Each triumph has been earned in its own unique way. The last two have been by a combined three points. And both were on the road where Brecksville is 5-1 this winter. Tonight, the oldest way in the book to win games – at the free throw line – was the reason.

“Free throws. We were struggling with free throws early in the year. We only missed two tonight. Good teams make free throws. We found a way to win a basketball game tonight,” Mehalik said.

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

BEES          18          08          16          17          = 59

CARDS     10          13           12          23          = 58

 

STAT-O-MATIC:

BRECKSVILLE ….. The Bees went 18 of 20 from the free throw line for 90% and committed 11 turnovers.

CARDINAL MOONEY ….. The Cardinals went 12 of 15 from the free throw line for 80% and committed 8 turnovers.

 

OFFICIALS:

Diane Martino, Seth Jaffer and Jefferey Patterson.

 

BEES STATISTICAL LEADERS:

SCORING ….. Auble with 17.

REBOUNDS ….. Bazil with 10.

STEALS ….. Auble with 3.

ASSISTS ….. Auble with 5.

BLOCKED SHOTS ….. None.

CHARGES TAKEN ….. Harwood with 1 and Shirilla with 2 (Gold Star Award).

 

STARTING LINE-UPS:

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

CARDS: 1-Patrick Pelini, 3-Nicholas Koken, 5-Trell Thomas, 12-Andrew Armstrong, 14-Patrick Brennan.

 

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME:

Brecksville-Broadview Heights led wire-to-wire in another dominating performance. In a ragged game, where 25 fouls were called in the first half alone, the Bees bagged a 69-32 win. Beeville is now 13-0 on the season.

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

BEES          16          22          15          16          = 69

CARDS      06         10          09         07          = 32

 

BEE BUZZ:

The 58 points that Cardinal Mooney scored was the second highest point total the Bees have allowed in a game this season. The highest was the 60 scored by Cuyahoga Falls in a 64-60 loss at the fabulous Bee Hive on December 4th. There was not a freshmen game this afternoon. The Brecksville-Broadview Heights buses pulled into the Mooney parking lot at 5:22 pm.

About the trip. ‘The bus ride was long but I got a solid hour nap. I had my little neck pillow too,” Junior post Jared Bazil said shortly after arrival. “Mooney has kind of a Padua feel to it.”

The Cardinals will return the favor by traveling to Broadview Heights next season.

The varsity game tipped off at 7:26. Mooney’s gym reeks of nostalgia. Red and gold championship banners cover the walls. Make no mistake about it this is a football school. The Bees locker room was small, but very clean. Thanks to the good folks at Cardinal Mooney for their gracious hospitality. You couldn’t ask to be hosted by better people.

Former Lady Bees and boys freshmen coach Dom Daltorio, a C-M grad, was at the game. It was good to see Coach Daltorio and his father. Daltorio lives in Boardman and teaches at Austintown Fitch. Cardinal Mooney High School is 59 years old. The Cardinals previous three losses were to Benedictine, St. Ignatius and arch rival Ursuline. Mooney is not in a league.

Bee Nation traveled very well. Several mentioned they went to The MVR for a pregame meal. This scribe did as well. The meatballs there are from a very old east side of Youngstown recipe. John Shirilla is from Youngstown’s south side. “It’s good to be home,” he said. Danny Shirilla understood. “I’ve only been to Youngstown once or twice. But my dad always tells me about it,” Danny said.

Cardinal Mooney’s girls team comes up to play the Lady Bees on Monday, February 8th. That will be Senior Night at the Hive. The Bees and their cheerleaders enjoyed pizza, apples and water before boarding the bus for the long, dark ride home on the Ohio Turnpike.

One of the BBHHS cheerleaders was short-changed before the game. But she had a great attitude about it. “It was funny. I got to the end of my Tootsie Pop and realized there was no Tootsie Roll,” said sophomore Abigail Gates with a smile.

C-M sophomore Liam Avrigg announced the pregame player introductions and then exchanged the microphone for a camera. Avrigg is a resident of Canfield. The Cardinals next game is Friday at Steubenville.

 

NEXT UP:

Brecksville-Broadview Heights heads back to Summit County Friday night when it takes on Cuyahoga Falls in the Black Tiger Pit. The Bees defeated The Falls by four in the first meeting. This is Brecksville’s first trip to C-F and it begins round-two of Suburban League National Division play.

Beeville is 7-0 in the loop and everyone will be gunning for them. Target practice begins Friday. “I think Cuyahoga Falls is an excellent basketball team. They have lost so many close games. A credit to them is that they are playing just as hard now as they did at our place. That’s what caught our eye the first time we played them. Just how hard they played. And how physical they were,” said Steve Mehalik. “Tonight, being a physical game, sets us up nicely for Friday.”

“This was a very big win for us tonight against Mooney, especially going into Friday against another physical team in Cuyahoga Falls,” Dan Auble said.

 

See You At The Bee Hive!

To contact: Ddipa67834@aol.com

Follow on Twitter: @beevillesports

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Brecksville (3-12, 1-8 SL) plays a non-conference game at Strongsville tomorrow night.

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BEES ACE MID-TERM EXAM

January 16th, 2016  / Author: dipasqua

BAZIL, HARWOOD, BENCH EDGE BY HUDSON

By Dom DiPasqua/Staff Writer

Friday night, January 15, 2016

HUDSON – Jared Bazil scored a career-high 18 points. Dan Harwood tallied 17. And P.J. Austin and Danny Shirilla combined for 13 off the bench as Brecksville-Broadview Heights overcame a 12-point deficit midway through the second quarter to pull out a huge, 56-54, Suburban League National Division victory here this evening over the Explorers in front of a jacked up crowd at Buck Hyser Gym.

It was the Bees 10th consecutive win. And it puts them all alone in first place in the division halfway through the race.

“I’m proud of our guys. Guys stepped up. Guys just made plays,” said veteran BBHHS head coach Steve Mehalik. “I told the guys. The scouting report? Just throw it out the window and go out and make plays. This is a special group!”

Brecksville (11-1, 7-0 SL) got out to a quick 5-0 lead and then went cold. Much of that had to do with Hudson’s vaunted match-up zone defense. Meanwhile the hosts were torrid from the field as they staked an 18-12 lead at the quarter.

The Explorers (7-4, 3-3 SL) registered on a baseline inbound play from Spencer McClure to Zack Meder which gave them a 24-12 advantage with 4:57 remaining in the half. Mehalik took his second time out and the tide slowly began to turn.

Still trailing by ten, 29-19, with 2:00 to play before halftime the Bees Andrew Bruno finished off a 3-point play. And Shirilla took a charge on the defensive end. A little momentum? Yes. But Brecksville still trailed, 29-22, at the break.

Instant Energy

Austin, a long ball specialist with incredible athletic ability, caught fire in the third period. His three from the wing and subsequent steal and score got the Bees to within 37-34. Austin grabbed a defensive rebound and then came back at the other end to tie the tilt at 37.  “I just got some looks and I took them,” Austin said. “They went in.”

The Explorers took a 39-37 lead into the final frame. But somehow they lost their compass. Bazil tied it at 39. Shirilla scored on a put back. 41-all. Shirilla then drove the baseline with authority giving Brecksville a 47-44 lead with 3:25 left to go in the well played ballgame.

Harwood drove, scored and was fouled. He sank the charity toss to open the gap to 50-46 with 1:14 remaining. Two Harwood free throws later the Bees had a 52-46 advantage with 50.9 on the clock.

Andrew Bruno nailed a pair of foul shots to make it 55-49 with :13 left. The final seconds were ragged. Brecksville had survived what might best be described as a brutal road test.

“Hudson is good. Holy cow! They are as physical as can be. Zack Meder is one of the best players I’ve seen in a long time,” Mehalik said.

Meder, a silky smooth 5-10 senior guard who came in averaging 21.5 points per game, scored a game-high 20. Isaac MacGillis, a slender 6-9 senior post, canned 13 (8 rebounds).

Big Game For Big Bazil

The Bees out-rebounded the taller Explorers, 21-15. Hudson committed 14 turnovers. Brecksville, which committed 7 in the first half, played a flawless second half. Taking outstanding care of the basketball. All this with senior point guard Dan Auble saddled with foul trouble for lengthy stretches of the game.

Bazil, a 6-6, 270-pound junior post who can run the floor, grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. “Bazil just dominated. Every game he keeps getting better and better. He went up against the biggest front line he is going to face all year. And I thought Jared just outplayed them. By himself he outplayed Hudson’s three-headed big guy monster,” said Mehalik.

“I always like going against big guys. But everybody did a great job,” Bazil said. “We knew Hudson was going to give us a good fight.”

The Score Book

Bruno scored five points and dealt a duo of assists. Brecksville’s lethal outside shooters; Dan Auble and Matt Dimitrijevs, scored only three points each. The Bees found a way to win this clash by taking it to the Explorers size inside. Bazil and Harwood combined for 35 or 62.5% of the teams total points.

Austin and Shirilla, both seniors, were simply outstanding off the bench. Austin ignited the guests in the third stanza. The steady and heady Shirilla registered a pair of clutch fourth frame buckets amid the tall timbers.

Clubhouse Chatter

“We don’t win this game without P.J.’s spark. He didn’t play that much in the first half, but he was ready to play in the second,” Mehalik said. “Danny Shirilla. The kid face guards Hudson’s best player and then turns around and defends a 6-7, 260-pound post player. The bottom line is you win with guys like Danny Shirilla.”

Harwood, a senior forward who scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, including 9 in the fourth quarter, was active and aggressive at both ends.

“Auble was in foul trouble. We needed someone to step-up. And I felt that I had to step-up,” Harwood said. “In the second half we figured out how to back them down a little bit better and we attacked their zone. We didn’t take a lot of bad shots. And not turning the ball over in the second half really helped too.”

The Bees went unblemished through the first half of their maiden season in the Suburban League. Tonight they pulled one out in a hostile environment. And came back to do it against a very good basketball team. “We’ve played from behind this year. We knew we would come back,” said Harwood. “We’re a second half team. We can come back like that when we put our minds to it.”

Mehalik, who is enjoying the ride, would much rather the Bees have a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter than be faced with a 12-point deficit in the second. Things won’t get any easier the second time through the loop. “It’s a fun league. Great coaches. Great atmospheres,” said Mehalik. “Now the grind begins. We have a big target on our back. It’s going to be harder in the second half. But we’ll be good. These kids are special.”

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

BEES                        12          10          15          19          = 56

EXPLORERS        18          11           10         15          = 54

 

STAT-O-MATIC:

BRECKSVILLE ….. The Bees went 14 of 18 from the free throw line for 77.7% and committed 7 turnovers.

HUDSON ….. The Explorers went 6 of 8 from the free throw line for 75% and committed 14 turnovers.

 

OFFICIALS:

Larry Reardon, Adrian Foster and Marv Hodges (a veteran group).

 

BEES STATISTICAL LEADERS:

SCORING ….. Bazil with 18 (career-high).

REBOUNDS ….. Bazil with 10.

STEALS ….. Bazil with 3.

ASSISTS ….. Harwood and Shirilla with 3 each.

BLOCKED SHOTS ….. Bazil with 2.

CHARGES TAKEN ….. Shirilla with 1.

 

STARTING LINE-UPS:

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

HUDSON: 3-Alex Beck, 5-Mike Piekarski, 12-Isaac MacGillis, 15-Zack Meder, 42-Dave O’Connor.

 

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME:

Brecksville-Broadview Heights ran its season-opening win streak to 12 with a hard fought 59-46 triumph over Hudson.

The Bees, who started out a little sluggish, responded after coach John Silva took a time out with his squad on top, 16-12, a minute into the second period. Brecksville opened up a 29-19 lead later in the quarter on a steal and score by freshman wing Kenny Ganley.

Beeville’s press gave the Explorers fits in the third stanza. The fourth was a seven-minute stretch of spurts by both clubs. Hudson narrowed the Bees margin to seven with 1:14 remaining. The visitors were able to pull away from there in what was their toughest test of the campaign.

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

BEES                          14          15          15          15          = 59

EXPLORERS          08          11          10          17          = 46

 

BEE BUZZ:

Brecksville is now 4-1 away from the fabulous Bee Hive. It has been years since the Bees have won ten in a row. They are averaging 60.3 points per game and allowing 45.7. Jared Bazil’s previous career-high was 16. The big guy scored that at Medina Highland on December 27, 2014.

The Bees coaching staff wore smart looking white dry-fit coaching shirts with light gray trim. The name STU was stenciled in red on the back. It is in loving memory of former assistant coach Dave “Coach STU” Stuczynski who passed away in late October at the age of 53 due to complications of ALS.

Dan Harwood announced this week that he will attend The College of Wooster and play baseball for the Fighting Scots (1B/P). The Swarm made a mini road show appearance at Hudson. The Special K’s; seniors Kaylee Vadini, Kendall Brown and Katie Boehlefeld wouldn’t have missed this one.

The Bees freshmen team lost, 47-22, to a solid Explorers squad. The frosh kept with their post game tradition of going to Chipotle. Double steak. Double cheese. You know. They might just make it to a Chipotle in every Suburban League town. “My doctor won’t let me go to Chipotle,” said Brecksville fan Marina Corbo.

The Bees cheerleaders are already planning for Senior Night. That will be on Friday, February 19 when Hudson pays a visit to the Hive for the return engagement. Brecksville’s Marko Jakovljevic, a 6-7 junior post, explained the story about Serbian Christmas. “We don’t have Santa Claus. We have St. Nikolas. St. Nikolas brings presents on his feast day, which is December 19th. So we don’t get presents on December 25th or on Serbian Christmas, January 6th,” Marko explained.

Hudsons’ Ray “Buck” Hyser Gymnasium is a great place to watch a game. The Explorers student body showed up in huge numbers and they made some noise. The gym has an excellent sound system and public address announcer. The atmosphere was outstanding. The varsity contest was fantastic. It was what Friday night basketball in January is all about. This Suburban League thing is starting to take hold. “It felt like a conference game,” said BBHHS freshman player Thomas Green. “It reminded of those great games we used to have against Westlake.”

Several Lady Bees volleyball players who were in attendance; Jamie Rachek, Amber King and Emily Bouchahine, recalled a not so pleasant memory. The last time they were at Buck Hyser they left with a 15-13 loss to Massillon Jackson in a heartbreaking five-set classic in a Division I regional tournament final.

Jeff Brink is in his 12th season as head coach at Hudson. His team was a treat to watch play. The Explorers zone defense is a tough nut to crack. Their offense was a well-oiled machine. The defeat snapped a three-game winning streak.

 

FILLING IN THE BLANKS:

This week with mid-term exams was?

“Hard. But I’m glad the week ended with a game day. Plus I’m a senior and mid-terms don’t matter as much now.” – BBHHS cheerleader Jesse Houser.

The best thing about coming to Hudson tonight was?

“Feeling the excitement in the gym after the Bees great comeback.” – Sophomore Marina Corbo.

 

NEXT UP:

Brecksville started out a stretch of six of its next seven games on the road with a win tonight in Summit County. The multiple county road trip continues Tuesday night as the Bees play their first game ever in the City of Youngstown. Cardinal Mooney will roll out the welcome mat for a 6:00 junior varsity start and a 7:30 main event. There is no freshmen game.

“We’ve got some film on them. But didn’t get a lot because their season started really late. Mooney has a great program with a lot of tradition. They have some athletes,” said Steve Mehalik. “It’s going to be another game where we will face a test. It’s a Tuesday night on the road. And it could be in a playoff type atmosphere.”

“We have to keep doing what we’ve been doing and not turn the ball over,” Jared Bazil said. “If we take care of the basketball and rebound we should be fine the rest of the season.”

Mooney is located on Youngstown’s south side. The school is off Indianola Road between Market Street and South Avenue. Both are exits off of I-680. Head south to Indianola.

For tips on great Italian food in the Youngstown area consult John Shirilla. The south side is his old stomping grounds. All kidding aside, The MVR, located in the city’s Smoky Hollow neighborhood just east of the YSU campus, is a sure bet for a great pregame Italian meal. Full disclosure. This reporter is a Youngstown native.

 

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Brecksville (3-11, 1-7 SL) plays at Twinsburg Saturday afternoon.

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BEES ROLL TO 10th WIN

January 10th, 2016  / Author: dipasqua

BOUNCE THE BRUINS, 78-47

By Dom DiPasqua/Staff Writer

Saturday night, January 9, 2016

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS – The Bees picked up right where they left off Friday night by setting the tone with their defense, and pouring in a season-high point total with a 78-47 non-league win over Padua Franciscan here this evening in front of another good crowd at the fabulous Bee Hive.

It was the second consecutive game that Brecksville-Broadview Heights held an opponent to 47 points. And it was the Bees ninth straight victory.

Brecksville (10-1, 6-0 Suburban League National Division) got a game-high 16 points from senior point guard Dan Auble. Classmate Dan Harwood added 11. And junior Matt Dimitrijevs remained hot from the perimeter. His four swishes from beyond the arc were part of his 14-point night.

Brecksville is at the halfway point of its 22-game regular season schedule. “The kids have had a great first half of the year. But that’s all it is is the first half of the year. I’m proud of them. They are a joy to be around. They prepare better than any team we’ve ever had. They defend,” Mehalik said afterward in the locker room.

Bruins Caged

Defend the Bees did. They did it so well that the Bruins were held scoreless in the first quarter. Padua couldn’t buy a shot. And much of that had to do with Brecksville’s lock down dee. Bruin head coach Jake Lantz tried various combinations, using ten players in the games first 6:43, in an attempt to generate some offense.

Dimitrijevs, Harwood and Andrew Bruno all hit threes in the opening act. The Bees led 13-0 after one. Bruno, a senior guard, opened the second stanza with a steal and score to make it 15-zip.

Padua (6-5, 1-2 North Coast League) went scoreless for the games first 8:26. And at that point all it could muster were a pair of free throws. The Bruins first field goal came with 6:09 to play in the half. By then the score was 18-4.

Padua regrouped. Brecksville committed eight second quarter turnovers and went one-for-seven from the line in the frame. The guests, playing aggressively, gained enough momentum to reduce the Bees advantage to 29-21 at the half.

“You look at this win. We turned it over too much. And we missed free throws,” Mehalik said. “We told the guys that that’s going to cost us somewhere down the line.”

Brecksville went off in the third period, outscoring Padua 32-9. Harwood’s runner in the lane off the window at the buzzer gave the hosts a 61-30 lead after three. Mehalik cleared his bench at that point and the 31-point margin was maintained.

The contest was a ragged affair with both teams combining to attempt 56 free throws. The Bruins were whistled for two technical fouls.

Bee Banter

Bruno scored eight points. Junior post Jared Bazil added seven to go with as many rebounds. Dimitrijevs also grabbed seven caroms. Brecksville out-rebounded Padua 40-27. The Bees nailed seven 3-point field goals. Once again it was textbook Bee basketball; hit shots and defend.

“Right now we have established an identity for our team with our defense. We held Padua to zero points in the first quarter. That alone, I think, is phenomenal for our team. And coming off last nights hard-fought win this is a very,very big plus,” said Auble.

Fifteen Brecksville players saw action. A dozen scored. Junior Griffin Stevens made the most of his opportunity by depositing a half-dozen fourth quarter points.

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Other than a one-point loss at recent nemesis Strongsville the Bees have had a near-perfect first half of the campaign.

“The second half of the year we have to do what we’ve done the first half of the year,” said Harwood. “We have to prepare like we have. We have to work hard in practice, work as a team, and keep doing what we have been doing. If we keep the defense up I think we should be fine.”

Padua, which toppled Walsh Jesuit Friday night, was led by senior forward Michael Craider’s 14 points. Nick Pullar added a dozen off the bench.

The Bees have won the last two games of this non-conference home-and-home series.

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

PADUA          00          21          09          17          = 47

BEES              13           16          32           17          = 78

 

STAT-O-MATIC:

PADUA ….. The Bruins went 17 of 29 from the free throw line for 58.6% and committed 17 turnovers.

BRECKSVILLE ….. The Bees went 12 of 27 from the free throw line for 44.4% and committed 14 turnovers.

 

OFFICIALS:

James Smart, Kenny McClain and Nick Creme (a veteran group).

 

BEES STATISTICAL LEADERS:

SCORING ….. Auble with 16.

REBOUNDS ….. Dimitrijevs and Bazil with 7.

ASSISTS ….. Bruno and Auble with 4.

STEALS ….. Auble with 3.

BLOCKED SHOTS ….. Bruno and Marko Jakovljevic with 1 each.

CHARGES TAKEN ….. Bazil and Danny Shirilla with 1 each.

 

STARTING LINE-UPS:

PADUA: 4-Kevin Peterson, 10-Michael Craider, 14-Nic Anderle, 15-Jake Creadon, 32-Cameron Drum.

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

 

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME:

Brecksville-Broadview Heights got off to an unusual slow start against a scrappy Padua Franciscan team, but outscored the visitors 20-5 in the third quarter on its way to a 58-28 triumph. It was the Bees 11th victory in as many starts.

The Bees clung to a 5-point lead at the break. “We had a very productive talk at halftime. And my guys responded very well to our discussion,” said Beeville coach John Silva. “They came out in the third quarter with a tremendous amount of intensity. We had enthusiasm on the bench. It took us a while, but eventually we imposed our will and that took place in the third quarter.”

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

PADUA          09         11         05         03         = 28

BEES              09          16        20         13          = 58

 

BEE HIVE BUZZ:

Brecksville is now 7-0 at home.  The Bees are scoring 60.7 points per outing and giving up 45. Tonight’s 31-point margin of victory was the seasons largest. The freshmen team, in a low scoring game, hung on to defeat Padua 28-25. Dan Auble had his own personal cheering section. Over 20 family members were in attendance.

While most cheerleaders run for cover when the basketball comes at them senior Jesse Houser is an exception. Houser, who also plays soccer and runs track, made a perfect two-handed catch when an errant orange came her way late in the tussle. Fellow senior cheerleader Laina Chapman sang the national anthem and did a fantastic job.

The Swarm was late-arriving. Students appeared out of nowhere and wore black. Many spent the day studying for next weeks mid-term exams and were happy to get out of the house – or the library in the case of sophomore volleyball standout Amber King.

The court side seats were at full occupancy for this rare Saturday night home date. “I can’t afford them, but I’m glad someone can,” said sophomore super fan Avery Diedrick.

It was “Travel Basketball Night” at the Hive. Third, fourth, fifth and sixth graders played between halves of both the jayvee and varsity tilts. In one game fourth grader Carlo Pamias, a member of the Black Bees, tossed in a half court buzzer beater. “I was just trying to put it up because I knew there were only a few seconds left,” Pamias, who was mobbed by teammates and the Bees varsity players, said when he came off the court.

Padua looked good in their new bright orange road uniforms. White shoes added to the ensemble. Jake Lantz is in his fourth season as head coach of the Bruins. Padua fans showed up in nice numbers. Longtime Brecksville assistant coach Greg Sejba is a Padua grad.

This was Brecksville’s only back-to-back of the year. For some reason B2B’s look good on paper when the schedule first comes out. Pretty much everyone in the Bees post game clubhouse was glad this game was behind them.

 

NEXT UP:
Brecksville-Broadview Heights has six days off before embarking on a stretch where six of its next seven games are on the road. The Bees travel to Hudson Friday to take on the Explorers. It is the final game of the first round of Suburban League National division play.

Brecksville has a target on its back as big as the department stores logo. “Nothing is easy. Anything you want in life that’s worth pursuing you are going to have to work for it. And we want to work,” Steve Mehalik said. “I do know this. We will prepare. We’ll do our best to get ready to play. But what it’s going to come down to is you have to make plays. So far, the first half of the season, we’ve made plays. I think this group has the potential to keep it going.”

 

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Brecksville (3-11, 1-7 SL) defeated Cuyahoga Falls this afternoon. It was the programs first-ever Suburban League National Division victory.

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BEES LEASH BULLDOGS

January 9th, 2016  / Author: dipasqua

BBHHS ALL ALONE IN FIRST PLACE

By Dom DiPasqua/Staff Writer

Friday night, January 8, 2016

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS – Jared Bazil had a double/double. Matt Dimitrijevs poured in 19 points. And Andrew Bruno was outstanding at both ends as Brecksville-Broadview Heights claimed a 58-47 Suburban League National Division victory over Stow-Munroe Falls here this evening in front of a large crowd at the fabulous Bee Hive.

The win gives the Bees (9-1, 6-0 SL) sole possession of first place. It was their eighth straight triumph.

The Bulldogs (6-3, 4-2 SL) were held to 12 points below their season average. And their top scorer, Nathan Bower-Malone, was limited to ten points, which was seven below his season average. Bruno, a blue-collar senior guard, was the reason.

“We did it as a team. It was a great team defensive effort. Stow was showing on all screens. I was trailing and my teammates did a really good job,” Bruno, who tallied 11 points and made three steals, said.

Mr. Outside

Dimitrijevs, who hit a three in the second quarter, went off for 14 points in the third by nailing four long balls. By the time he hit his fourth from outside the zip code Brecksville was up 40-23 with 2:25 remaining in the period.

“My teammates were getting me the ball and I was getting open looks. If I get that many open looks it’s bound to fall at least once,” said Dimitrijevs. In reality the junior couldn’t miss.

“Matt does so many things for us. He was in a slump, but he did some other things on the floor. At Wadsworth the other night he some some rebounds, a couple of steals, a couple of easy buckets and then he started hitting threes,” said veteran BBHHS head coach Steve Mehalik. “When Matt gets hot he changes the game. When he hits three or four in a row like that he carries us for a stretch. When he is on he has a pretty stroke.”

Mr. Inside

Bazil, a big 6-6 junior post, was consistent from beginning to end. He registered 14 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Bazil’s offensive rebound and five-foot soft touch swish at the third quarter horn gave the Bees a commanding 44-26 advantage. But the big guy was looking at the big picture rather than the box score. “This win gives us a two-game lead in the conference. Now we have a little leeway,” Bazil said.

“Jared is slowly becoming one of the better big men in the area,” Mehalik said of Bazil. “He has a skill-set where he can take you out 15, 16 feet. But he’s still a big man and he knows how to use his size pretty well. We have him back for another year after this, just like Matt Dimitrijevs. We like that.”

The Glue

Senior stalwarts Dan Auble and Dan Harwood were outstanding in terms of performance and leadership. Both scored seven points. Auble, Brecksville’s point guard, dished out nine assists. Harwood, a rugged base-liner, cleaned the glass nine times. The Bees crushed Stow on the backboards, 33-15. They had 18 assists as compared to Stow’s four.

“It’s a special group. They’ve bought in. The last five, six games they’ve played the best defense we’ve played in my nine plus seasons here. They are completely unselfish. It’s fun to watch when we’re in that zone, locking people down,” Mehalik said. “I wish I could say I had something to do with it. But it’s our coaches. We have guys on our staff who bring it every day. And it’s our players too. They are grinders. And they are enjoying the grind. It’s working pretty well right now.”

Clean and Efficient

The first frame was what you would expect when you have two good teams going at it. There were no free throws attempted, no turnovers and nine lead changes in the opening eight minutes. It was outstanding basketball.

Harwood hit a triple to put the Bees on the board after an 0-for-3 start from the field. Bruno’s drive put the hosts up 12-9 at the quarter pole.

The games first foul was called nine minutes in. Its first turnover came with 6:19 to play in the second when Brecksville was whistled for traveling. The Bees committed five first quarter turnovers and a half-dozen in the fourth which allowed Stow to make it a little interesting.

“We have to do a better job of not turning the ball over. And we have to make free throws down the stretch,” said Mehalik. “But it’s fun when you get a group of guys all buying in and taking their play to another level. And this group has done that.”

Coryon Rice, who racked up a team-high 19 points for the Bulldogs, made a steal and scored on a break-away layup to give the maroon-clad guests a 13-12 lead early in the second.

The Bees answered by going on a 7-0 run to end the first half on a pair of baskets inside by Bazil, and a trey from the left corner by Dimitrijevs. That flurry gave them a 21-18 lead at intermission.

From the four-minute mark of the second quarter through the end of the third Brecksville went on an incredible 30-8 run. That put the game away.

Rice Boils Over

Rice, a 6-foot sophomore guard, brought Stow to within 52-45 with 2:25 left to play in the game on a pair of free throws. But it was his four third quarter three’s that matched Dimitijevs’ second period outburst. And his ability to shoot the basketball made the home fans a little anxious.
“Coryon Rice is a good player. He was hitting three’s from NBA-range. There was nothing we could do to stop him. We turned the ball over and that didn’t help us,” Bazil said.

Rice made a living from the deep left wing. “It was mesmerizing. I’ve never seen a kid pull up from 30-feet. He kind of reminded me of Roy Hatchet from Glenville last year. That’s a credit to Coryon. He’s a good shooter,” said Bruno.

The Bees, save for a one-point toe-stubbing at Strongsville 38 days ago, have found many ways to win this season. Some nights it has been their shooting, others nights a solid floor game. But in all nine wins its’ defense has been a shining constant.

“I think at Strongsville we kind of let our guard down. And now we’re trying to come out the first four minutes of the second half and put teams away,” said Bruno.

Multi-Faceted

“We’ve always been an outside, three-point shooting team. But this group has kind of changed their identity. Their identity has become, ‘We’re going to defend you. We’re going to give you one contested shot. And we’re going to get that rebound'”, noted Mehalik. “If we can combine our ability to shoot from the outside with some solid defense we can put ourselves in a pretty good position to win. But those turnovers have to stop. They have to stop.”

Dimitrijevs, who split time on the junior varsity a year ago, is tangible proof of the Bees collective buy-in. After the game the coaches congratulated the players on its team-wide defensive effort. “Compared to last year our defense is impeccable,” Dimitrijevs said. “We really don’t have too many defensive breakdowns per game. It was a great team effort tonight. But Bruno and (Danny) Shirilla did a tremendous job on Bower-Malone.”

Brecksville put on a clinic for three quarters tonight. Rice steamed in the fourth frame. But this one belonged to the red and gold.

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

STOW          09          09          08          21          = 47

BEES           12           09          23          14           = 58

 

STAT-O-MATIC:

STOW-MUNROE FALLS ….. The Bulldogs went 5 of 8 from the free throw line for 62.5% and committed 10 turnovers.

BRECKSVILLE ….. The Bees went 6 of 12 from the free throw line for 50% and committed 14 turnovers.

 

OFFICIALS:

Chris Barringer, Tony Capasso and Derek Walton (a veteran group).

 

BEES STATISTICAL LEADERS:

SCORING ….. Dimitrijevs with 19.

REBOUNDS ….. Bazil with 12.

STEALS ….. Bruno with 3.

ASSISTS ….. Auble with 9.

BLOCKED SHOTS ….. Auble with 1.

CHARGES TAKEN ….. None.

 

STARTING LINE-UPS:

STOW: 5-Coryon Rice, 11-Logan Lindsay, 12-Nathan Bower-Malone, 20-Nick Kollar, 42-Logan Huffman.

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

 

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME:

Brecksville-Broadview Heights took a while to find the right gear, but when it did the Bees pulled away for a 63-46 triumph over Stow-Munroe Falls.

Brecksville (10-0, 6-0 SL) didn’t take its first lead until the middle of the second stanza when it went up 22-21. The Bees scored 24 points in the second period. The third quarter was competitive. And in the fourth the hosts made the final score look it was an easier contest than it actually was.

Rock-solid 6-3, 190-pound Michael Rose led Brecksville with 16 points.

“It was a good game against a very well-coached team. A very disciplined team with skilled players,” said Beeville coach John Silva. “I thought that in the first quarter Stow imposed its will on us. We were playing their style of basketball. But at the beginning of the second and into the third we started playing our style. We were forcing turnovers and creating easy offensive scoring opportunities. Which is what we need in order to be successful.”

The Bees had to dig deeper for the first time all season. Rose was the one who put his foot on the shovel. “Michael Rose was phenomenal tonight. His energy out there,” Silva said. “The points are great. But I thought the energy that he brought is what really turned the tide for us. He was tremendous on the glass and tremendous on defense.”

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

STOW          15          16          11          04          = 46

BEES           11           24          13          15          = 63

 

BEE HIVE BUZZ:

There was a great and early-arriving crowd in the Hive. The home stands were fairly crowded. The Swarm had its best showing of the season. The student-body was looking forward to this game, which was pretty well hyped. Senior multiple-sport athletes Jamie Rachek and Ryder Seballos, the heart and soul of The Swarm, took turns waving the Bees flag. There was a large sign that hung on the railing identifying the fun-loving group. The BBHHS Pep Band, all 4,000 members, worked its magic. The cheerleaders sign read: Sting Stow!

Brecksville is undefeated since student assistant coach Manveer Pooni has been sitting on the bench. The Bees Jared Bazil is a fan of the Lady Bees program and can be seen at home games. Beeville’s freshmen team was defeated by the Bulldogs.

Senior Jimmy Henyey is one of those basketball players who is a fan of the game. He really enjoys the moments; both present and in the past. Henyey visited the little table during the fourth quarter of the jayvee game and talked hoops with this old fish hack. He recalled those great Brecksville-Midpark games in 2006 when the Bees line-up, under coach Dave Bielak, featured The Three Amigos; Bryan “Swish” Hill, Chris Zajac and Pete Jones.

The Bees junior varsity is a treat to watch. Their performance on the floor is matched by the enthusiasm generated from its bench. A team takes on the personality of its coach. This group is pure Silva. Sophomore guard Sam Wiglusz dove for a lose ball in the third quarter and ended up crashing into a garbage can which toppled on top of him in front of the stands. His effort didn’t go unnoticed. “Way to go Sam! Way to hustle!”, a fan, probably a fellow football player, yelled from the student section.

Stow is coached by Dave Close. It is a position he has held for 29 years. The Bulldogs were not represented by a student section. Adults traveled in average numbers. Twitter buddy Don was at the game. He failed to stop by and say hello however. Stow junior varsity coach Andy O’Keefe played for BBHHS Principal Joe Mueller at Perry. Word is that O’Keefe, a tall and imposing full-bearded redhead, could drain a three. And enjoyed doing so. The ‘Dogs have two starters with the first name of Logan; Lindsay and Huffman.

A near forgotten game note: The Bees and Bulldogs benches combined to score a total of two free throws tonight. Both by Stow. But all ten starters tallied.

Brecksville, which hit eight 3-point field goals against SMFHS, is 6-0 at home. The Bees came in averaging 59 per game and ended up one short of that tonight. They are giving up 44.8.

 

NEXT UP:

Brecksville-Broadview Heights entertains Padua Franciscan tomorrow night in a non-league tilt in the big gym on the hill. This is the Bees only back-to-back of the season. A year ago they faced the Bruins at their den in the second half of a Friday-Saturday back-to-back and came away with a hard-fought 61-45 victory to raise their overall record to 9-3.

“Padua is much-improved,” said Steve Mehalik. “We won’t use excuses like we’re tired. The mark of a championship team is how we handle a back-to-back. We think we are a championship team. We found out a little bit about ourselves tonight. We’ll find out a lot more about ourselves tomorrow.”

Jared Bazil is fully aware of how this season is unfolding. “We are expecting a tough game because everyone is coming after us. Everyone wants to beat Brecksville,” Bazil said.

 

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Brecksville (2-11, 0-7 SL) hosts Cuyahoga Falls at home Saturday afternoon.

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BIG ROAD WIN FOR BEES

January 6th, 2016  / Author: dipasqua

PULL AWAY IN 4th QUARTER AT WADSWORTH

By Dom DiPasqua/Staff Writer

Tuesday night, January 5, 2016

WADSWORTH – Only four players scored but it was enough. And experience trumped youth as Brecksville-Broadview Heights survived a scare here this evening by wriggling off the hook in the fourth quarter for a 47-37 Suburban League National Division victory over the Grizzlies.

Matt Dimitrijevs led the Bees and all scorers with 18 points, including 15 in the first half when he was on fire from the outside. Andrew Bruno tallied 13, with nine of them coming in the crucial final period – four from the stripe. And Dan Auble chipped in ten while doling a half-dozen helpers. Jared Bazil added six points and landed five rebounds.

It was the seventh straight win for Brecksville (8-1, 5-0 SL) who have not lost since December first. Wadsworth (2-7, 1-4 SL), which started three sophomores, was paced by tenth grade guard Christian Szalay who tallied ten points.

The Grizzlies bench outscored Brecksville’s, 18-0, behind eight points each from David Griffin and Cameron Deemer.

Wadsworth had a 16-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. Twelve of those 16 came from Szalay and Tony Hewitt combined.

Dimitrijevs, who had been in somewhat of a shooting slump, at least by his standards, shot the Bees back into the game in the second stanza by scoring 13 points on three long balls. His triple just before the horn gave the guests a 26-24 advantage at the half.

“We have been working after practice every day trying to get my shot back. I was in a little slump. But it’s good to have it back,” said Dimitrijevs.

Wadsworth nailed its sixth three-pointer of the night when Deemer ripped the cords with 38 seconds left in the third. That gave the hosts a 34-31 lead heading into the final eight minutes.

From there on out Brecksville locked down the Grizzlies, outscoring them 16-3 in the fourth frame. Bruno’s three tied it at 34. And the Bees made their last seven free throws which aided in the pivotal road victory.

Coach’s Takes

Beeville turned the ball over 11 times. Five of those errors came in the opening quarter. “We started the game off with turnovers. And that is a killer,” said veteran BBHHS head coach Steve Mehalik. “Good teams can’t turn the ball over. And Wadsworth capitalized.”

With the game and first place in the conference on the line Brecksville reverted back to doing what it does best – defend. “I was proud of our guys for how they played in the fourth quarter. Our calling card is becoming our defense. It’s nice,” Mehalik said. “I think our experience down the stretch was the difference.”

Avoiding The Trap

The upstart Grizzlies had Mehalik concerned coming in. He thought this could be a trap game. A long delay in southbound freeway traffic set the stage with the junior varsity tilt getting off to a late start. And it was the first time that Brecksville played at Wadsworth in at least 30 years. Plus the Bees may have been looking forward to Friday nights huge SL encounter with Stow-Munroe Falls. Still, no one in the Bees camp was making excuses for the teams so-so performance through the first three periods. Instead Mehalik gave credit where it was due.

“Wadsworth came to play. They are a pretty good basketball team. Coach (Mike) Schmeltzer is doing a good job with that team. And their future is bright,” said Mehalik. “He is going to have some nights when his sophomores play like seniors and some nights when they play like sophomores. Tonight his sophomores played like seniors.”

A Quick Recap

Dimitrijevs carried the Bees in the first half. Bruno led them home. And Auble was consistent throughout. Senior forward Dan Harwood and Bazil battled hard on the boards.

Schmeltzer went deep into his bench. Twelve players saw action in the first half. Which was solid strategy given that Brecksville sat two abreast in every row of the cramped school bus on the way down.

“Wadsworth was hitting their shots. But other than that we knew everything that they were running,” Dimitrijevs, who tallied 13 of the Bees 18 second quarter points, said. “We just played sloppy basketball and had too many turnovers early.”

Coaches by the dozens have always said that winning a conference game on the road on a Tuesday night, especially in early January, is never easy. And their value pays dividends. Count Mehalik among them. “We never apologize for that,” Mehalik said ,finally cracking the faintest hint of a smile.

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

BRECKSVILLE          08          18          05          16          = 47

WADSWORTH          16          08          10          03          = 37

 

STAT-O-MATIC:

BRECKSVILLE ….. The Bees went 12 of 17 from the free throw line for 70.5% and committed 11 turnovers.

WADSWORTH ….. The Grizzlies went 5 of 9 from the free throw line for 55.5% and committed 9 turnovers.

 

OFFICIALS:

Andrew Borquin, Scott Gooden and Tyrone Windham (a veteran group).

 

BEES STATISTICAL LEADERS:

SCORING ….. Dimitrijevs with 18.

REBOUNDS ….. Harwood, Bazil and Kenny Ganley with 5 each.

STEALS ….. Dimitrijevs with 2.

ASSISTS ….. Auble with 6.

BLOCKED SHOTS ….. Ganley with 1.

CHARGES TAKEN ….. None.

 

STARTING LINE-UPS:

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

GRIZZLIES: 0-Connor Montgomery, 1-Christian Szalay, 2-Tony Hewitt, 12-Alec Booth, 42-Reid Black.

 

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME:

A late arrival didn’t deter the Bees as they broke out to an 11-point lead by the end of the first quarter and kept pushing for a 59-34 triumph. It was Brecksville-Broadview Heights’ ninth consecutive win to start the campaign.

“We started off sluggish. But I loved how hard our guys played. I thought the difference in the game was our energy and how we were able to impose our will on them. And we were able to stretch the lead out,” said Beeville coach John Silva. “I don’t know that we were very efficient offensively. But we created enough turnovers to turn that into offense and we were able to come away with a win.”

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

BRECKSVILLE          19          15          20          05          = 59

WADSWORTH          08         09          13          04          = 34

 

BEE BUZZ:

The Bees tied their season low in scoring with 47 tonight. This time they emerged victorious. The other 47-point outing was at Strongsville early in the season. Brecksville is 3-1 away from home. The team is averaging 59.1 points per outing and allowing 44.5.

Brecksville fans marveled at the Grizzlies outstanding gym. A better venue to watch a game in at the high school level is tough to come by. As the primary color for both schools the place was a sea of red. There was an average crowd on hand. Bee Nation traveled well.

Brecksville’s freshmen team won by one. Senior cheerleader Jesse Houser tried her luck at a half court shot, which is a tradition at halftime here. “Did you see it? I hit the rim!”, Houser said. Some of her fellow cheerleaders didn’t fare so well.

Mark Postak, a 25-year assistant with the fabled Lady Grizzlies program, is the public address announcer for the boys games. He does an exceptional job. The selection of music during breaks was well-chosen. The take home pot in the 50/50 drawing was $35.

There are plenty of Wadsworth ties. Lady Bees head coach Mike Sladky teaches at Wadsworth. He was on Mike Schmeltzer’s staff for years. Mike’s father, Dave, who was seated high up in the home stands, was the head boys coach at Wadsworth for 22 seasons. He won over 400 games. And is a member of the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Mr. Sladky assists Mike now at Beeville.

All Wadsworth home games, both boys and girls, are broadcast on local cable and on local radio. The radio chores are handled by the longtime PA voice of the Cleveland State Vikings, Joe Jazstemski. Bee fans can see the game by going to: my.pegcentral.com. Click on WCTV and then click on Athletics. The replay should be available sometime Wednesday.

Mike Schmeltzer is in his 8th season at head coach of the Grizzlies. Tony Hewitt came into the game with a 15.1 ppg scoring average. The Bees held him to six. They all came in the first quarter. Andrew Bruno face-guarded Hewitt after that and prevented him from inflicting further damage.

It didn’t take long to catch on in the Suburban League. Several of the Lady Grizzlies; Peyton and McKenna Banks and Sophia Fortner among them, were waiting for their Tootsie Pops before the varsity game started.

The Suburban League is a good basketball conference. Play is physical and it is a different brand than what was played in the Southwestern Conference. The officiating has been excellent.

 

NEXT UP:

The stage is set for a first place National Division showdown Friday night as Brecksville-Broadview Heights will host the loops preseason favorite, Stow-Munroe Falls, at the fabulous Bee Hive. Brecksville is 5-0 at home.

“Stow has a good basketball team and a good basketball program. Their coach, Dave Close, has over 500 wins and is one of the winningest coaches in the history of Ohio high school basketball,” said Steve Mehalik. “But it’s games like this that are the reason why you play high school basketball. You won’t get a Friday night like you’re going to have this Friday at the Bee Hive.”

A huge crowd is expected in the big gym on the hill. This will be Brecksville’s biggest test of the campaign. A mid-term exam if you will. “Coach Close does a great job. And Stow does what they do very well. They have the returning player of the year in their conference back (Northeast Ohio Conference),” Mehalik said. “It’s going to be two long nights here for our coaching staff. We’re going to have to prepare because Stow is really good. But we’re going to enjoy this one Friday. It should be fun.”

 

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Brecksville (2-10, 0-6 SL) entertains Hudson Wednesday night.

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BEES-68, DEVILS-32

December 30th, 2015  / Author: dipasqua

BBHHS STORMS INTO THE NEW YEAR

By Dom DiPasqua/Staff Writer

Tuesday night, December 29, 2015

INDEPENDENCE – The Bees wasted little time in declaring their independence from calendar year 2015 with a 68-32 non-conference victory here this evening over the Blue Devils.

Fourteen Brecksville-Broadview Heights players scored. The Bees (7-1, 4-0 Suburban League National Division) were led by Andrew Bruno’s 12 points.

Brecksville’s starting five registered 29 of the teams 44 first half points and then took the rest of the night off. Marko Jakovljevic tallied varsity career highs in points (9) and blocked shots (5). Freshman Kenny Ganley added eight points and a game-high six rebounds. Matt Dimitrijevs tallied eight.

Three’s by Dan Auble and Dimitrijevs, and a pair of field goals by Bruno, helped give the Bees a 16-5 lead after one. Dan Harwood and Bruno took turns feeding each other for treys in the second quarter. And Jakovljevic’s fast break dunk on a long pass from Auble at the first half buzzer gave the visitors a commanding 44-12 advantage at intermission.

Bruno!

“The coaching staff really prepared us this week. They said we had to come out with energy because we didn’t want Independence to hang around,” said Bruno.

Bruno, a veteran senior guard, had four steals in the first half. The Bees converted them into points. “Bruno is playing very hard. What he’s been able to do to opposing guards … he’s a great weapon to have,” BBHHS head coach Steve Mehalik said. “But it’s been everybody. They are really buying in to playing defense. They get upset when we give up points. That’s a great mindset to have. That’s going to help us in the long run.”

Independence (1-8, 1-3 Chagrin Valley Conference) was harassed into 23 turnovers. The Blue Devils were led by sophomore guard Kyle Stefanski who scored six points. Four of them came on fourth quarter free throws.

Marko!

Jakovljevic, a 6-7, 200-pound junior center, entered the contest in the second period. He scored seven points, grabbed three rebounds and blocked a shot before halftime. Marko, in addition to altering shots, swatted four more attempts and hit a pair of charity tosses in the second half. “Every day Marko gets better. He works hard and soaks everything in. There are good days ahead for Marko,” said Mehalik.

Brecksville’s starters did what they had to do. Jared Bazil, a hulking 6-6, 270-pound junior post, scored an early bucket, grabbed a few boards, made a steal near mid court and handed out a pair of assists. He then took a breather and Jakovljevic made the most of his court time.

“Coach prepared all of us. He said that we might get in. And when we got in we just did our thing,” Jakovljevic said of the Bees bench playing quality minutes in the second half. “It felt great. This is the first time I played this many minutes on varsity and it was fun. This boosts my confidence. I feel like I am more prepared for varsity basketball. This experience will really help. I’m planning on working harder and getting better. Every minute that I get into a varsity game I’ll make it count.”

The Bees have now won six in a row.

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

BEES            16          28          06          18          = 68

DEVILS       05          07          05          15          = 32

 

STAT-O-MATIC:

BRECKSVILLE ….. The Bees went 6 of 11 from the free throw line for 54.5% and committed 13 turnovers.

INDEPENDENCE ….. The Blue Devils went 4 of 6 from the free throw line for 66.6% and committed 23 turnovers.

 

OFFICIALS:

Gary Ostkar, Eric Elavsky and Scott Elavsky (a veteran group).

 

BEES STATISTICAL LEADERS:

SCORING ….. Bruno with 12.

REBOUNDS ….. Ganley with 6.

STEALS ….. Bruno with 4.

ASSISTS ….. Auble and Harwood with 5 each.

BLOCKED SHOTS ….. Jakovljevic with 5.

CHARGES TAKEN ….. None.

 

STARTING LINE-UPS:

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

DEVILS: 3-Matt Terrano, 4-Nick Brunsman, 14-Kyle Stefanski, 32-Ryan Dworznik, 33-Mario Figliola.

 

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME:

Brecksville-Broadview Heights broke out to a huge lead after one quarter and took care of Independence in a 61-35 triumph. The Bees are 8-0 this season.

“It was a great first quarter. I thought we came out at the start of the game with a lot of energy, a lot of intensity and a lot of focus that we needed to set the tone,” said Beeville coach John Silva. “After that it became very sloppy. But we had a strong enough first quarter that we could pull it out.”

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

BEES            30          14          12          05          = 61

DEVILS       04          15          12          04          = 35 

 

BEE BUZZ:

Brecksville went 6-1 in December. The lone loss was a 48-47 non-league setback at Strongsville on December 1st. A year ago at this juncture the Bees were 5-1. The only defeat came to Solon, 62-52, on opening night.

The red and gold is 2-1 on the road. Tonight was about as short a road trip as the Bees can possibly make. Brecksville defeated Independence the past two seasons. It is not known if the nearby home-and-home series will be renewed. Steve Mehalik’s crew is averaging 60.6 points per game and allowing 45.5.  The Blue Devils 32 was the Bees best defensive standard of the season.

Brecksville’s freshmen squad won, 64-30. BBHHS students showed up in nice numbers. The student section, The Swarm, was largely represented by a female contingent. Sophomore golfer Hannah Mitchell came real close to predicting the final score. Before the varsity game she jotted down 65-32 on my notepad. Senior Jimmy Henyey’s late fourth quarter three kept Miss Mitchell from perfection.

Sophomore volleyball standout Amber King recently got her drivers license and drove to the game. She was headed to Swenson’s afterward. Hats off to a large gathering of freshmen girls who have a lot of school spirit. As a group they are at just about every event and are into it. The future is bright in the Bee Hive.

Hugh McMahon is in his third season at Independence. McMahon, one of the games true gentlemen, and I grew up around the corner from each other in Maple Heights. Hugh, who coached at Benedictine and was the girls and then the boys coach at St. Peter Chanel, now lives in Indy. His longtime assistant Chuck Russo is now an assistant on the boys staff at Cleveland Central Catholic.

Emma Piorkowski, the sixth grade daughter of assistant coach Steve, delivered a bunch of bags of Candy Cane flavored Tootsie Pops, a seasonal favorite, to yours truly a few weeks ago. They were an instant hit with The Swarm and went faster than lunch period. This evening Emma played Santa Claus again. And before you knew it a couple of Bees cheerleaders were tearing into a bag. Thank you Emma. You and your mom hit on a winner!

Congratulations to the Lady Bees Mike Sladky who won his first game as a varsity head coach last Wednesday when his team defeated Parma, 40-35.

You are reading post number 425 since the Bees basketball website went live nine years ago. Thank you for your loyal readership.

 

FILLING IN THE BLANKS:

“The best gift I got for Christmas was MY NEW NIKON CAMERA because MY LIFE IS A BLAST AND NOW I CAN PROPERLY DOCUMENT IT 🙂” – Sophomore Avery Diedrick.

 

NEXT UP:

The Bees, after a rather light schedule through the holidays, will play three games next week beginning Tuesday night at Wadsworth as Suburban League National Division action resumes.

Brecksville will get its first look at Stow-Munroe Falls at home a week from Friday. And play the very next night in the Bee Hive against Padua Franciscan. But no one in the locker room at Indy was looking that far ahead.

“January starts the grind. We’ll have to work through the physical part of it and the mental part of it,” Andrew Bruno, no stranger to this time of year, said. “We have to continue with our good habits and keep it going.”

This will be the Bees first visit to Wadsworth in about 30 years. Things have changed a whole lot in the Southwestern corner of Medina County since then. The Grizzlies play in one of the finest high school gyms I have seen. The place is fantastic.

“The grind begins. It starts next Tuesday with a big one at Wadsworth. That’s a great gym we are going to,” Steve Mehalik said.

 

See You At The Bee Hive!

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Brecksville (1-9, 0-6 SL) plays in the “Magic Mayhem” holiday event at Barberton this Sunday at 4:00 against the host Magics.

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BEES LOCK DOWN BEARS

December 23rd, 2015  / Author: dipasqua

NO GO FOR NORO IN 2nd HALF

By Dom DiPasqua/Staff Writer

Tuesday night, December 22, 2015

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS – The Bees limited North Royalton to just five points through the first 15:30 of the second half. And it was that defensive effort which led them to a 48-33 Suburban League National Division victory here this evening in front of a great crowd at the fabulous Bee Hive.

The Bears (4-3, 1-3 SL) led 25-24 at intermission behind 10 points from 6-3 senior forward Sam Tarnowski. In the second half Royalton was sent into hibernation. Max Lewton hit a three from the left corner with about a half-minute to go, otherwise Brecksville-Broadview Heights’ defense was about as tight as old man Scrooge’s wallet.

“Coach wanted us to get into them more and talk more in the second half,” senior forward Dan Harwood said about what the Bees message was at halftime. “We watched film and studied all their plays. We knew what we were doing. We just needed an extra push. I give it up to (Andrew) Bruno and (Danny) Shirilla. They played tough dee and shut them down. We figured it out at the end. It was a good all around effort.”

Harwood, who finished with a game-best 11 points, scored six in the fourth quarter. Classmate Dan Auble added five markers in the final eight minutes and ended up with seven.

The Bees (6-1, 4-0 SL) got 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds from 6-6 junior post Jared Bazil who was equally effective at both ends in both halves. Matt Dimitrijevs broke out of a mini scoring slump with nine first half digits. P.J. Austin hit a pair of three-balls in the first half and emphatically blocked a duo of Bear shots. Shirilla, who was under the weather, scored on a 3-point play and took a charge. Bruno’s fourth period field goal, courtesy of an Auble assist, put Brecksville up by a dozen with a little over two minutes remaining.

Blue Collars and Hard Hats

“I’ve been here nine years. This is the hardest working group we’ve had. They’re tough. Tough as nails. They find ways to win. Whether it’s with pressure or flat out defending and rebounding. When we do that we usually have a good night,” said Bees head coach Steve Mehalik. “The last two games our defense has been phenomenal. We’ve given up 19 points the last two games in the second half.”

Brecksville, in the Mehalik era, has prided itself on its ability to shoot the basketball, especially from beyond the arc. But a constant in Mehalik’s mind, and his idea of a good team, is one that outworks it’s opponents and plays solid team defense.

“It’s nice when you see kids taking pride in playing defense. This was our best game of the year defensively. North Royalton has some weapons. Our guys did a great job taking those weapons away,” Mehalik said. “The Bears are a scrappy group. Nick (Lapsevich) is doing a phenomenal job. It’s going to be a brutal rematch with them the second time through.”

Other than Tarnowski’s ten points no other Bear scored more than five. The return engagement is Friday, February 5 at the Bears Den.

Key Plays

Austin, an athletic 6-1 senior who can get up in the air with the best of them, came off the Bees bench and blocked what would have been the game-tying layup at the first quarter buzzer.

Mitch Filippi nailed a three from out top with 5:14 to go in the half which gave Royalton a 21-17 lead. Shirilla’s 3-point play and Auble’s foul line jumper put Brecksville up, 31-27, after three.

Bazil muscled his way to the tin to start the fourth. Harwood connected from 15. And the Bears went cold. Auble’s drive and one gave the hosts a 40-30 margin with 3:25 left and this one was in the books.

“We’re working hard every day in practice. We’re not playing selfishly, we’re playing together as one. We have one goal,” Hardwood said.

The Bees are in first place roughly halfway through the first round of SL play.

Brecksville shot well from the stripe (77.7%) and committed only 11 turnovers. It was their best game of the season. “We’re off to a good start, but we have a long way to go. Eleven turnovers is still too many,” said Mehalik.

Key Ingredients

Harwood can score and does. He can rebound and does. What the 6-1, 200-pound multiple sport standout also does is bring a physical and mental toughness to the team. “Danny Harwood is the heart of the team. He was phenomenal,” Mehalik said.

Auble, who was scoreless in the first half but still delivered three rebounds, three assists and a steal, did what he does best late in the contest in handling the ball and providing points that expanded the lead. “We’re confident in our point guard. If we have a lead, I like the ball in his hands. Danny Auble is a good free throw shooter and is playing great basketball” said Mehalik to a few writers in the hall outside his locker room. “He gets our engine going. And in the fourth quarter of the last few games he has been solid.”

If Harwood and Auble have been the Bees ketchup and mustard, Mehalik relishes the role others have played. “It’s fun because guys are stepping up. Whatever their role is. Andrew Bruno had two points in the score book, but he plays defense and forces turnovers,” said Mehalik. “And Danny Shirilla had a migraine and we didn’t even know if he was going to play.”

Bruno, a no-nonsense senior guard, tormented the Bears and took delight in doing so. Shirilla, a gamer and the ultimate team player, mustered the strength to gut it out against Beeville’s biggest rival.

Brecksville bested the Bears on the glass, 28-17.

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

BEARS          12          13          02          06          = 33

BEES              14         10          07          17           = 48

 

STAT-O-MATIC:

NORTH ROYALTON ….. The Bears went 8 of 12 from the free throw line for 66.6% and committed 17 turnovers.

BRECKSVILLE ….. The Bees went 14 of 18 from the free throw line for 77.7% and committed 11 turnovers.

 

OFFICIALS:

Mike Mitchell, Izzy Santiago, Jr. and Steve Horley (a veteran group).

 

BEES STATISTICAL LEADERS:

SCORING ….. Harwood with 11.

REBOUNDS ….. Bazil with 9.

STEALS ….. Auble and Harwood with 3 each.

ASSISTS ….. Auble with 5.

BLOCKED SHOTS ….. Austin with 2.

CHARGES TAKEN ….. Shirilla with 1.

 

STARTING LINE-UPS:

BEARS: 5-Alex Miduri, 13-Brandon Kyle, 21-Mitch Filippi, 25-Sam Tarnowski, 33-Nick Coberly.

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

 

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME:

Brecksville-Broadview Heights got off to another hot start, withstood a three-point North Royalton shooting spree in the second quarter, and went on to an impressive 65-37 Suburban League triumph over the Bears.

The Bees are now 7-0 on the season and 4-0 in the circuit.

“They started the game with a 60-second possession. We realized this was not the game that we wanted to play. We wanted to get it up and down as fast as possible. So we immediately started trapping. Picking up our pressure. I challenged the guys with their effort and I thought they exceeded the challenge,” said Beeville coach John Silva. “They had tremendous energy. Our traps were on point. And I thought that led to a lot of turnovers, which created some easy baskets for us.”

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

BEARS          05          15          09          08          = 37

BEES             16           21          17           11           = 65

 

BEE HIVE BUZZ:

Brecksville concludes its three game pre-holiday home stand with a 3-0 mark. The Bees are now 5-0 in the Hive this season. And have won five in a row. Tonight they allowed a season-low 33 points. For the year Brecksville is scoring 59.5 per outing and surrendering 47.4.

The Bees freshmen team won 36-28 in the late afternoon affair. Lady Bee junior post Mollie Green sang the national anthem and did a fantastic job. The Swarm was decked out in red and were plentiful in numbers. Senior Kendall Brown waved the Bees flag. Running mate Kaylee Vadini held up a cardboard cut out of The Golden Shoe.

The atmosphere was great. The crowd was great. It was a typical game between these two long-time rivals. “The best thing about the Suburban League is that our two schools are in the same conference again,” a Bears fan said before the game.

Royalton’s student body was dressed in a red,white and blue USA theme. They made plenty of noise. The contest was competitive and intense. Former Lady Bear Megan Wydra was inducted into the N-R Athletic Hall of Fame. She was with her two nieces, Brecksville students, who took in their first-ever basketball game.

It is always a treat to spend time with the good folks from North Royalton. Roel Seballos, a Bears assistant football coach, Tweeted a picture of the back of this scribe during the game with the caption: “Are you going to share those Tootsie Pops with me?”. Despite what his daughter Morgan thinks, Roel is a famous football coach.

Many members of the Bees 2013 regional final team, back from college for the holidays, were in the house including Tommy and Timmy Tupa, Pauly Karthan, Mike “Glue” Tyler, David Urse and Matt “Skutch” Csuhran. Tyler, as a member of the Stanford football team, is headed to Pasadena and the Rose Bowl. Csuhran, a red shirt sophomore at Urbana, popped in 28 points in a recent game.

 

FILL IN THE BLANK FRIDAY:

“What do the Bees want for Christmas?

“The Bees want a Suburban League championship for Christmas!” – senior soccer player Jen Farwell.

 

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT:

“The Shoe business is good. I saw The Golden Shoe. It’s in our trophy case.” – Brecksville defensive coordinator John Shirilla.

 

NEXT UP:

The Bees head up Route 21 a week from tonight for a non-league game at Independence. Brecksville handled the Blue Devils last year at home just prior to Christmas.

Brecksville will look to maintain the high-level of intensity that it has played with all season. “We have to stay healthy, keep playing together and play hard,” Dan Harwood said.

“Hugh (McMahon) does a great job at Indy so we are going to have to get better over break,” said Steve Mehalik.

 

See You At The Bee Hive!

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Brecksville hosts Parma in a non-conference contest Wednesday night at the Bee Hive.

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BEES COME BACK TO WIN

December 19th, 2015  / Author: dipasqua

DEFENSE SHUTS DOWN KNIGHTS IN SECOND HALF

By Dom DiPasqua/Staff Writer

Friday night, December 18, 2015

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS – The Bees survived a first-half three-point shooting barrage by shutting down Nordonia after intermission, and came back to notch an exciting 61-49 Suburban League victory here in front of a festive crowd at the fabulous Bee Hive.

The Knights (2-3, 1-1 SL) were torrid from beyond the arc in the first half in draining nine long balls. In the second they did not hit a one. In fact, Nordonia was held to just 11 points in the final 16 minutes of action.

The Bees (5-1, 3-0 SL) were led by senior point guard Dan Auble who scored a season-high 19 points and dealt six assists. Jared Bazil, a strong 6-6 junior post, tallied a career-high 18 points and filled a Santa bag with rebounds. But the story of the game was Brecksville-Broadview Heights’ ability to shut down Nordy’s outside shooters following the break.

Mike Piotrowski was on fire in the first half. The 6-0 junior guard drilled five treys. And 6-6 junior center Ryan Smith canned three more to lead the Knights to a commanding 25-11 lead just a half-minute into the second quarter.

“I knew they could shoot the basketball. I didn’t know they could shoot it that well. Piotrowski was in the zone. And Smith hit three’s. And that really messed us up because that forced Jared to come out and cover him,” said veteran BBHHS head coach Steve Mehalik. “In the second half Andrew Bruno and Matt Dimitrijevs locked down Piotrowski. They didn’t let him get touches. That was a championship effort defensively.”

Piotrowski finished with 16 points. Smith, the Knights leading scorer (9.5) had 11 and blocked three shots.

Dan Harwood’s drive to the rack with 1:05 to play in the half brought the Bees back to within 36-29. And momentum was beginning to sway.

All The Way Back

Bazil registered the first three field goals of the third quarter, all on give-and-go plays inside. Bruno gave Brecksville its first lead, at 42-41, with 3:11 to go in the stanza.

Danny Shirilla (4 points) whistled a cross-court pass along the baseline to P.J. Austin who knocked down a three-ball to make it 45-41. The Bees forced a 5-second call on the ensuing inbound. And that jacked up the large crowd.

Bazil swished a ten-foot jumper in the key for a 51-46 advantage with 5:00 left. Auble sank four late free throws to increase the final margin.

“Everybody is contributing. They’re doing everything they can. We’re all playing our hearts out,” said Bazil. “Coming out in the second half we just wanted to put them away. When the guys were getting me the ball that fired up the whole bench. I didn’t have the best game Tuesday so I was motivated. And my teammates just got me the ball.”

The Bees defeated a hard-nosed and athletic team. The Knights tested them physically. “We didn’t back down and we didn’t respond,” Mehalik said. “This is a special group of kids.”

Nordonia shot the lights out in the first half. Then went blank. “We got knocked in the face in the first half. Great teams respond and the guys did,” said Mehalik. “These guys have a confidence, not a cockiness. They are fun to be around.”

Dan The Man

Auble, who put on a ball-handling clinic down the stretch, has had season-high’s in Brecksville’s last three outings with games of 14, 17 and tonight 19 points. His veteran leadership and ability to run Mehalik’s offense has gotten to a completely different level.

“I know I sound like a broken record, but when Danny Auble plays like this he’s one of the best point guards in Northeast Ohio,” Mehalik said. “Jared dominated the third quarter for a four or five minute stretch. And Danny Auble dominated in the fourth quarter.”

Getting Bazil the ball and letting him attack the basket was part of the Bees re-adjusted game plan coming out for the second half. It was a game of adjustments. Brecksville executed the majority of them.

“We took away their shooter and Danny Harwood battled inside. When Jared got into foul trouble Danny Shirilla went in against bigger, stronger guys. But I would put his heart up against any of those guys any day of the week,” said Mehalik. “Without Danny Shirilla’s performance tonight we can’t win this game.”

The Score Card

Harwood, a senior forward, scored six points and collared a career-high 12 rebounds. Bruno registered four. Dimitrijevs hit a first quarter three. Austin finished with five. And 6-3 freshman Kenny Ganley came off the bench to reach a half-dozen rebounds while adding a bucket.

“Kenny Ganley came in and gave us huge minutes, especially in that third quarter. His rebounds really helped,” Mehalik said.

The Knights and Bees play again on Friday, January 29th in Macedonia. It is obvious there is a rivalry in the making between these two neighboring schools.

“Coach (Kirk) Culler has them playing so well, so hard. If they can hit shots like they did in the first half tonight they are a dangerous basketball team,” said Mehalik.

Brecksville won the battle of the boards, 44-27. And out shot Nordy from the line by 45 percent.

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

NORDONIA                22          16          05          06          = 49

BRECKSVILLE          11           19          15          16           = 61

 

STAT-O-MATIC:

NORDONIA ….. The Knights went 6 of 16 from the free throw line for 37.5% and committed 9 turnovers.

BRECKSVILLE ….. The Bees went 14 of 17 from the free throw line for 82.3% and committed 12 turnovers.

 

OFFICIALS:

Selwin Cooper, Brian Williams and Frank Micale.

 

BEES STATISTICAL LEADERS:

SCORING ….. Auble with 19.

REBOUNDS ….. Harwood with 12 (career-high).

STEALS ….. Auble with 2.

ASSISTS ….. Auble with 6.

BLOCKED SHOTS ….. Bazil and Ganley with 1 each.

CHARGES TAKEN ….. Shirilla with 1.

 

STARTING LINE-UPS:

NORDONIA: 5-Mike Piotrowski, 10-Dominic Davis, 12-Justin Post, 21-Ryan Smith, 23-Tye Evans.

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

 

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME:

Brecksville-Broadview Heights got off to a great start and never looked back in a 64-29 victory over Nordonia. The Bees have reeled off six straight wins to start the season. And have looked good in doing so. This evening they were lightning quick at both ends of the court.

“Two things were the key. Number one: We got stops. These are young guys just learning the principals of team defense. I thought that was the best team defense we’ve played all season,” said Beeville coach John Silva. “The second part of that is we want to run. I thought our point guards did an outstanding job of catching the ball in transition with a full head of steam. And that really puts a tremendous amount of pressure on the other teams defense.”

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS:

NORDONIA               07          09          05          08            = 29

BRECKSVILLE         20          19           15           10           = 64

 

BEE HIVE BUZZ:

The big gym on the hill was the place to be. With this being the last day of school for two weeks “The Swarm” was enormous and in good humor. Several held signs. Most, if not all, wore holiday (bad) sweaters. “There is nothing better than being in the Bee Hive on a Friday night,” said junior Jessica Toth.

In the last three quarters the Bees outscored Nordonia, 50-27. Brecksville is now 4-0 in front of the home fans. And has won four straight games since a narrow non-league loss earlier in the month at Strongsville.

The Bees came into the game scoring an average of 61.6 points and allowing 50. They left it with a 61.5 ppg average and are now giving up49.8. They did what they do. And tonight they did it well.

 

NEXT UP:

The Bees play their third consecutive home game and last of 2015 in the Hive when they face arch rival North Royalton in a Suburban League National Division tilt Tuesday night. Brecksville topped the Bears, 50-42, last season.

“If we play against North Royalton like we did in the second half tonight, and we rebound the ball and don’t turn it over, we’ll be okay,” Jared Bazil said.

The teams will face each other twice per season now as members of the SL. “North Royalton is a very good basketball team. Nick’s (Lapsevitch) got them playing great basketball. I think he’s one of the best young coaches in the area. And they have everybody back,” said Steve Mehalik. “We always have close games with them no matter what our records are. This one will be the same.”

 

See You At The Bee Hive!

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Brecksville seeks its first win of the campaign Saturday afternoon at Stow-Munroe Falls.

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