MEDINA — It was billed as a battle between Kenny Kaminski and Pat Forsythe, but it turned into a massacre by Medina’s boys basketball team.
Kaminski led an impressive onslaught by the Bees, who dominated the action from start to finish Friday in a 61-37 Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division rout of Brunswick.
The Michigan State-bound center had a team-high 13 points, seven re-bounds, two assists, two blocked shots, one steal and two turnovers for Medina (2-0, 1-0), which has now beaten the Blue Devils (2-2, 0-1) three straight times.
“It means a lot to beat Brunswick,” the 6-foot-8 Kaminski admitted. “They’re our in-county rivals and the games are always so big. Both schools build the games up to be more like events, so win-ning always feels great.
“For everyone to play this well tonight, it says a lot about the kind of team we have.”
A large crowd was on hand to watch the two future NCAA Division I pivots square off. The fans weren’t disappointed as both showed why they will be fixtures on ESPN and CBS for the next four years.
The 6-10 Forsythe, who is headed to West Virginia, amassed 13 points, a team-best 10 boards, eight blocked shots, one steal and five turnovers. The rest of the Blue Devils combined for just eight rebounds and nine baskets.
“We just got outplayed as a team tonight,” Forsythe said. “It’s always good to go up against a great player like Kenny, but you don’t think about it while you’re out there. It’s about winning the game, which we didn’t do.”
The Bees, meanwhile, did just about everything right.
Backup center John Hudak successfully spelled Kaminski with six points and nine rebounds, while starting forwards Mason Schreck (9 points, 10 rebounds) and Jake Kinsey (8 points, 5 rebounds) domi-nated their counterparts.
Medina won the battle of the boards by a whopping 42-18 margin, allowing it to attempt 26 more field goals than Brunswick in the 32-minute game.
“We played with fire and confidence the whole game,” Bees coach Jody Peters said. “It was a night and day difference from (a narrow win over) Valley Forge. I’m really, really proud of the guys’ effort and their execu-tion against a very good program.”
Medina’s backcourt also was highly effective, forcing 18 Brunswick turnovers — most of them before the ball was advanced into half-court sets.
Senior point guard Justin Letts notched his first triple-halfle of the season with seven points, six rebounds and six assists. Colin Bradley (6 points), Logan Winkler (5 points) and Billy Geschke (7 points) also were critical in keeping the Blue Devils from mount-ing any sort of comeback.
“We got the great balance tonight that we need in order to be successful,” said Peters, whose squad took a 7-0 lead and never looked back. “Our guards set the tone with their aggressive-ness and our big guys did a great job defensively and on the boards.”
Sophomore swingman Alex Harthill played a well-rounded game with 10 points and three assists for Brunswick, which was playing without starting guard Kyle Wheeler (ankle) and backup center Ray J. Brown (back).
Sophomore forward Pat-rick Jarvis added eight points off the bench for the Blue Devils, while freshman point guard Ryan Badowski was hindered by the flu, did not score, and had four assists. Forsythe was the only Brunswick player with more than two rebounds.
“I’m glad it’s over,” Blue Devils coach Joe Mackey said. “The good thing is we can’t sit around and pout because we’ve got another game (tonight against Wooster Triway).
“We just got outplayed in every aspect tonight. Give Medina credit for a great performance.”
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Brunswick: Matt Dunning 1-0-3, Zach Gresch 0-0-0, Pat Forsythe 5-3-13, Alex Harthill 4-0-10, Ryan Badowski 0-0-0, Robert Hale 0-0-0, Patrick Jarvis 3-0-8, Scott Suren 1-0-3, Anthony Ocacio 0-0-0, Clayton Ferrell 0-0-0. TOTALS: 14-3-37.
Medina: Mason Schreck 4-1-9, Jake Kinsey 4-0-8, Kenny Kaminski 6-0-13, Colin Bradley 2-0-6, Justin Letts 3-1-7, Logan Winkler 2-0-5, Billy Geschke 3-0-7, John Hudak 2-2-6, Lucas Supan 0-0-0. TOTALS: 26-4-61.
3-point goals: Harthill 2, Jarvis 2, Dunning, Suren, Bradley 2, Kaminski, Letts, Geschke. Rebounds: Brunswick 18 (Forsythe 10), Medina 42 (Schreck 10). Assists: Brunswick 11 (Badowski 4), Medina 13 (Letts 6). Records: Brunswick (2-2, 0-1), Medina (2-0, 1-0). Junior varsity: Brunswick 58, Medina 48.