By Chad Grant
MEDINA — Behind a stellar shooting night and big fourth-quarter run, the Solon boys basketball team held on to knock off Medina 64-55 Friday in Northeast Ohio Conference cross-divisional play.
The Comets (4-9, 2-4) made 51 percent (24-of-47) of their shots and, after scoring the first eight points of the fourth quarter, held off a furious Medina rally.
“That was nice to see,” Solon coach Bob Patton said of his team’s shooting performance. “Our last couple of games we have not been able to make anything. We have actually defended well the last few times out, but we just could not throw the ball into the ocean.”
The 8-0 run by Solon to start the fourth quarter gave the Comets a 52-39 lead with 4:51 to play.
“This one is on me,” Medina coach Anthony Stacey said. “I didn’t have them ready to play tonight.”
The Bees shot the ball pretty well themselves. They knocked down 48 percent (22-of-46) of their attempts, but struggled to get stops late.
Medina (3-10, 1-5) rallied back several times behind the play of Billy Geschke (18 points), Mason Schreck (16 points, 8 rebounds) and super-sub Marcus Davis (8 points) and cut the margin to five with 20 second left, but couldn’t get any closer.
Comets Sophomore Ny Redding (12 points) buried four clutch free throws to hold off the surging Bees.
Solon made all eight of its free throws in the final two minutes and was 11-of-15 for the game.
“(Making free throws) is something that we have struggled with,” Patton said. “We cost ourselves a couple games by missing free throws down the stretch.”
Denzell Davis (13 points, 8 rebounds), John Glass (12, 7) and Kareem Oldham (12) rounded out a balanced offensive attack for Solon.
“We played really hard on both ends of the floor tonight,” Davis said. “We made sure we passed the ball around to find the open guy and nobody played selfish.”
The Comets didn’t dominate the glass, but had several key offensive rebounds that helped prolong possessions and slow down the game.
Medina jumped out quickly in the game’s opening minutes, as Mike Ellenbest and Geschke buried 3-pointers on the Bees’ first two possessions. But Solon rallied back to take the lead for good at 14-13 with 2:00 to play in first quarter.
Medina won the junior varsity game 43-39 behind 16 points from Chase Johanson.
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