BARBERTON â€” Wadsworthâ€™s boys basketball team opened the second day of the third annual K. Jack Greynolds Memorial Classic in style Saturday with a dramatic 74-70 win over undefeated Norton.
The game, however, didnâ€™t really swing in the Grizzliesâ€™ favor until the second half.
In the first half, the Grizzlies (4-5) merely played decent basketball as they trailed the entire timeÂ and leftÂ the court at the break behind 36-26.
The game turned around for the Grizzlies with 3:47 left in the third quarter whenÂ momentum shifted to their side.
Wadsworth brought the game to within one (40-39) as Anthony Schrock (13 points, 10 rebounds) broke through the pack under the Wadsworth basket to score.
Wadsworth then took the lead for the first time in the contest at 41-40 when Taylor Smith hit a layup.
As the gameâ€™s intensity picked up Wadsworth and Norton (8-1) volleyed for the lead.
Neither team took control, however, until midway through the fourth quarter when Alan Sheppard put a layup in to give the Grizzlies a comfortable 66-54 lead.
Norton couldnâ€™t recover from the 12-point deficit.
â€œI didnâ€™t think we were competing (in the first half),â€ Wadsworth coach Scott Callaghan said. â€œI didnâ€™t think we were playing hard. I didnâ€™t think we were executing offensively. We werenâ€™t playing with any passion.
â€œI give a lot of credit to our kids because I thought in the second half we attacked offensively and we played much harder defensively. … Because we made a few shots, we gained a lot of momentum and we rode that.â€
Chad Baughmanâ€™s energized 21-point performance epitomized Wadsworthâ€™s effort. He netted three of his four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.
Â â€œWe were down at the half but we were talking in (the locker room) and we felt pretty confident coming into the second half that we could win,â€ Baughman said. â€œLast year I didnâ€™t do so good on threes, so Iâ€™ve just been working hard this year trying to make more.â€
Sheppard led the Grizzlies with 24 points.
â€œI was really pleased with how Alan Sheppard attacked the basket,â€ Callaghan said. â€œHeâ€™s a very good one-on-one player. And I just thought that he really asserted himself. I was also really pleased with Mitch Whiteâ€™s energy defensively in the second half.â€