May 26, 2016


In night of stars, Wray shines brightest

Colin Wray had no idea he had over 40 points Tues-day night.

The way he saw it, when you play four overtimes, there’s little room in your mind to think about any-thing but ending the game.

Final score: Cloverleaf 95, Tallmadge 93 in quadru-ple overtime in a game that is truly for the ages.

Not everything can be recapped in a single game story. Here are some of the highlights:

 Wray scored 46 points on 15-of-31 shooting from the floor, 5-of-10 from 3-point range and an 11-of-16 performance from the free throw line in 47-plus minutes of action.

 Wray broke a 38-year-old school record of 41 points set by Mark Chrislip in 1971-72.

 He also grabbed five rebounds, dished out four assists and had three steals, scored 17 of the Colts’ 28 points in the overtimes and a ridiculous nine of his 15 field goals gave his team lead.

 Almost unbelievably, Tallmadge’s Tucker Linder, who had 44 points on 20-of-35 shooting, was just as good with eight lead-changing scores and three others that tied the game, including a bucket with 5.7 seconds left in the second overtime. He also scored 16 of his team’s 26 OT points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.

 A whopping 35 of Linder’s 44 points came either inside the paint or at the free throw line.

 Tallmadge freshman point guard Anthony Gotto shot a blistering 7-of-12 from the floor in regulation, but will unfortunately be re-membered for blowing a potential game-winning layup that spun on the rim and fell of with less than two seconds left in the fourth quarter. Teammate Michael Strand tried the classic “tip drill” after Gotto’s attempt, but Linder got in the way.

 A horrible free throw shooting team coming into the night, the Colts shot 29-of-41 (.710) from the charity stripe, while Tallmadge missed six of its final eight attempts.

 Cloverleaf received 91 of its 95 points from its starters, while Tallmadge had just 11 bench points.

 Before last Friday, there were just eight 45-point scorers and four games in Medina County history that went three or more overtimes. Within a four-day span, there were two of each. Brunswick’s Kyle Payne scored 49 points at Brush on Friday in an 86-83 triple-overtime win.

 Cloverleaf’s performance came three days after coach Dan Brown took away the players’ practice jerseys and stools in the locker room after an embarrassing Friday loss to Green. The Colts also practiced their offense without a ball for over an hour and somehow committed two turnovers when a player made a pass to another who made a wrong cut.

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Points / single game
54 – Hank Frambach (Buc) vs. LeRoy at Medina County League Tournament, 1957-58
49 – Kyle Payne (Bru) at Brush, 2009-10 (3OT)
47 – Mike Webster (H) vs. Revere, 1954-55.
47 – Rob Wininger (H) vs. Lutheran West at OHSAA sectional tournmanet, 1992-93
46 – Ben Falkenberg (W) vs. Hudson at Copley sectional, 2003-04.
46 – Al Kiene (Buc) vs. Keystone, 1969-70.
46 – Dan Neighbor (Bru) vs. Amherst, 1967-68.
45 – Bob Lyren (W) vs. Medina, 1959-1960.
45 – Lynn Grissinger (Homer) vs. Seville, 1955-56.

Most combined points / county history
195 – Highland 100 vs. Copley 95, 1987-88
193 – Barberton 117 vs. Wadsworth 76, 1976-77
189 – Homer 103 vs. LeRoy 86, 1955-56
188 – CLOVERLEAF 95, TALLMADGE 93 (4OT), 2009-10
184 – Wadsworth 104, Hudson 80, 1990-91

Longest games / county history
Cloverleaf 68, Buckeye 63 (5OT), 1974-75
Cloverleaf 95, Tallmadge 93 (4OT), 2009-10
Brunswick 86, Brush 83 (3OT), 2009-10
Doylestown 70, Highland 66 (3OT), 1961-62
Cuyahoga Heights 59, Buckeye 56 (3OT), 1983-84
Cloverleaf 57, Midpark 55 (3OT), 1983-84

— Compiled by Albert Grindle and Brian Dulik
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