LYNDHURST — Brush’s boys basketball team did a great impression of Windex on Friday night, cleaning the glass beautifully in its home.
The Arcs grabbed 19 offensive rebounds — leading to more than two dozen second-chance points — and dominated the boards from start to finish in a 60-55 non-league victory over Medina.
Brush (2-1) won the rebounding battle by an eye-popping 46-22 margin, outboarding the Bees (0-1) in every quarter.
“We didn’t deserve to win because giving up 19 offensive rebounds is completely unacceptable,” Medina coach Anthony Stacey said. “When you think about it, that’s like giving Brush an entire extra quarter to score points, which was the story of the entire game.
“Hopefully, we learned a lesson from what happened because you’re not going to beat anybody by rebounding as poorly as we did tonight.”
Arcs center Joey Scampitilla collected a game-high nine caroms, while point guard Chris Oakley and shooting guard Ricky Oliver had eight apiece. Standout sophomore Oakley led all players with 20 points and five assists, going 6-of-6 at the foul line in the final four minutes for good measure.
The only Bees with more than one rebound in the 32-minute contest were junior power forward Branden Wilkins (17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists), freshman center John Teske (3 points, 6 rebounds, 7 blocks) and senior small forward Billy Geschke (11 points, 5 rebounds).
“Brush has a lot of great athletes, but all we had to do was box out and concentrate on doing our jobs — and we didn’t,” said Wilkins, who was outstanding in making 4-of-8 field goals and 9-of-13 free throws. “This was an opportunity that we missed taking tonight.”
Despite its epic problems on the glass, Medina actually had a chance to win the game in the final minute.
Shooting guard Dillon Wiesler (9 points) scored off a steal to pull the Bees within 53-51 with 59 ticks left, while point guard Logan Winkler (9 points, 2 assists) drove to the hoop for a deuce with 35 seconds remaining to cut Brush’s advantage to 55-53.
After power forward Brandon Dawson split two freebies for the Arcs to make it 56-53, Wilkins was fouled on an offensive rebound, but was struck on the funny bone and had to leave the game. Geschke replaced him at the line and made two free throws, putting Medina down 56-55 with 14 seconds left.
That was as close as the Bees got, as Oakley and small forward Sean Gooden sandwiched four free throws around a Medina turnover.
“There were some things I liked tonight,” Stacey said. “Branden Wilkins really competed well and has made a big leap from where he was last year. Logan Winkler also did a nice job getting us organized and taking care of the basketball, and was solid on defense.
“And I thought John Teske played well for being a freshman. I know he was a little nervous, but he’s got a very bright future ahead.”
The 6-foot-9 Teske went 1-of-3 from the floor and 1-of-2 from the line. He was defended by 6-8½ senior Scampitilla, who had four points and five rejections in addition to his nine boards.
|The teams combined to make 30-of-41 free throws, but were just 38-of-116 from the floor and 9-of-38 on 3-point attempts.
l Medina’s junior varsity was a 53-40 winner behind 10 points from A.C. Schreiber.
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Brush 60, Medina 55
MEDINA 8 13 20 14 — 55
BRUSH 11 14 23 12 — 60
Medina — Billy Geschke 3-4-11, Branden Wilkins 4-9-17, John Teske 1-1-3, Brian Letts 1-0-3, Logan Winkler 4-0-9, Dillon Wiesler 3-2-9, Nick Fryer 0-0-0, Mike Kaminski 1-0-3, Tyler King 0-0-0. TOTALS: 17-16-55.
Brush — Sean Gooden 2-2-8, Brandon Dawson 4-3-11, Joey Scampitilla 1-2-4, Delvon Robinson 3-0-6, Chris Oakley 6-6-20, Ricky Oliver 2-0-4, Marcel Rice II 1-0-2, Ronnie Ransom 0-0-0, Alphonso Onunwor 1-1-3, Jamison Days 1-0-2. TOTALS: 21-14-60.
3-point goals — Geschke, Winkler, Letts, Wiesler, Kaminski, Oakley 2, Gooden 2. Rebounds — Medina 22 (Wilkins, Teske 6), Brush 46 (Scampitilla 9). Assists — Medina 11 (Wilkins 3), Brush 12 (Oakley 5). Records — Medina (0-1), Brush (2-1). Junior varsity — Medina 53, Brush 40.